Honors & Awards

Mr. Kump has received numerous professional recognitions and awards, including:

Education

Mr. Kump was born and raised in Northfield, Minnesota.

He is a graduate of:

He also studied at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and at the Goethe Institut in Freiburg, Germany.

Michael Kump is a problem solver who fights tenaciously to protect his clients’ valuable intellectual property and contractual rights. Representing plaintiffs and defendants in a broad and sophisticated litigation practice for over thirty-five years, Mr. Kump has extensive experience and success inside and outside the courtroom in all aspects of intellectual property, entertainment, contract, trade secrets, and antitrust litigation and counseling. In selecting Mr. Kump to their list of the Top 100 lawyers in California whose work has changed the law, an industry, or society, The Daily Journal, California’s premier legal publication, stated:

“Whether he’s with them or against them, Hollywood’s A-listers have seen firsthand how effectively Michael Kump litigates cases.”

Mr. Kump represents a wide array of corporate and individual clients, including William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment, the Kardashian and Jenner sisters, MRC (Media Rights Capital), Skydance Media LLC, Live Nation Entertainment, HBO Latin America, Whalerock Industries, Sandra Bullock, Barbra Streisand, Jessica Simpson, Michael Keaton, Seth MacFarlane and Shaquille O’Neal, amongst others.

  • California State Bar (Member, 1981)
  • United States District Courts of Arizona, California, Colorado, and Northern Illinois
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the Second Circuit, the Seventh Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) (Board of Governors, 2002-2007)

Mr. Kump has spoken and written extensively, and been quoted in leading newspapers and periodicals, on current topics in his areas of expertise.

  • Mr. Kump spoke to 250 attorneys attending the Winter Leadership Meeting of the American Bar association (ABA) Section of Litigation at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The topic was “Representing Talent in Today’s Entertainment Industry,” and covered several topics, including handling high profile matters and the impact of the #MeToo issues on the industry.
  • Mr. Kump was a member of a panel that spoke on the topic: Celebrity Law, Tech, and PR: Legal Ethics in News and Social Media, at the Relativity Fest conference in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Mr. Kump has spoken on several occasions to law students at The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and to undergraduate students at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, on current trends and careers in entertainment law.
  • The Daily Journal legal newspaper published an article by Mr. Kump entitled “Beware of Inadvertent Production of Privileged Documents” in its section on Professional Responsibility.  Mr. Kump’s article discusses recent developments in California case and statutory law concerning the duties and obligations of attorneys who receive documents in discovery that might be privileged.
  • Mr. Kump spoke at the Produced By Conference sponsored by the Producers Guild of America, which was held at 20th Century Fox Studios. Mr. Kump was featured with three other entertainment luminaries in a panel session titled “Are You Getting Your Fair Share? – Producer Share Participations: ‘The Dream Team,’” which provided conference attendees with valuable lessons on how to maximize value from a producer share participation arrangement. A portion of his talk is available on YouTube.
  • Mr. Kump gave an evening presentation entitled “Lessons From the McCourt Case Regarding Post-Nuptial Agreements” to the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
  • For several years, Mr. Kump was a regular speaker on “Recent Developments in Contract Litigation” at the annual CLE Int’l Film and Television Law Conference.
  • CIO published its interview with Mr. Kump on intellectual protection and trade secret protection in the employment arena.
  • Mr. Kump presented an audio teleconference for 150 human resources professionals sponsored by the Employer Resources Institute on “Noncompete Agreements: California Supreme Court Sounds Death Knell for Noncompetes: What Employers Should Do Now to Protect Themselves.”

Representative Matters

Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Media Matters

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex

  • Represented Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in a lawsuit filed in state court in July 2020 concerning illegal photographs taken by the paparazzi of their your son playing in their private yard. Because the party responsible for the photographs was unknown, the lawsuit was filed against “John Doe” defendants and subpoenas were sent to the three biggest celebrity news agencies, which revealed the agency that was responsible. In a settlement announced on October 8, 2020, the news agency apologized to the family, agreed to pay a portion of their legal fees, and agreed to turn over all photos and destroy all copies, and never traffic in any photos of the couple or their son taken by similar means. The case and settlement received world-wide coverage, including in The New York Times, BBC News, Le Figaro and Der Spiegel, and included Mr. Kump’s statement that “This is a successful outcome. All families have a right, protected by law, to feel safe and secure at home.” (Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex vs. John Does 1, et al, Los Angeles Superior Court case no. 20SMCV00975).

The Management Group (TMG)

  • In one of the highest profile cases in the entertainment business, Mr. Kump represented The Management Group (TMG) and its principals, who provide business management services to high-profile individuals and companies in the entertainment business. When TMG started to foreclose on a secured loan to their former long-time client, actor Johnny Depp, Depp filed a lawsuit in state court in Los Angeles concerning TMG’s representation of him. Mr. Kump responded by filing a highly publicized cross-complaint against Depp for fraud and breach of contract. The matter, which was heavily litigated for over 18 months, received international attention, and Mr. Kump was quoted extensively, including in The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BBC News and Paris Match, among other publications. All of the lawsuits were dismissed on the eve of trial. (John C. Depp, II, et al v. The Mandel Company, Inc., dba The Management Group, et al, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC 646882.)

The Kardashian and Jenner Sisters, and Kris Jenner

Mr. Kump has represented and is currently representing Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and their manager and mother, Kris Jenner, in a variety of public and confidential matters, including litigation in state and federal court, and arbitration:

  • Representing Kourtney, Kim and Khloe in three related state and federal actions and an arbitration filed in Los Angeles involving a hedge fund and its beauty company subsidiary concerning the operation of a cosmetics company to whom the Kardashians licensed their names and images. Mr. Kump and his colleagues won a preliminary injunction in federal court ordering the hedge fund and its subsidiary to stop selling products using the Kardashians’ names and likenesses, a ruling which the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed on May 26, 2017. (2Die4Kourt et al v. Hillair Capital Mgmt LLC et al, 2016 WL 4487895 (C.D. Cal.), aff’d, 2017 WL 2304376 (9th Cir.).) In 2019, the three-member arbitration panel, after two weeks of live testimony, entered their Final Award, which held that: (i) the Kardashians recover approximately $12 million in damages and interest; and (ii) rejecting the hedge fund’s claims for $180 million in damages. The Kardashians thereafter filed their motion to confirm the arbitration award, which was granted by the Los Angeles Superior Court. The matter is now on appeal by the losing parties to The California Court of Appeal. (Hillair Capital Management, LLC, et al vs. Kim Kardashian, et al, Los Angeles Superior Court case no. BC614374).
  • Represented Kourtney, Kim and Khloe in a trademark infringement action filed against them in federal court in Orlando by the foreign distributor of a Florida-based cosmetics company, seeking over $20 million in connection with their endorsement of a cosmetics line. The District Court granted the Kardashians’ motion for summary judgment filed by Mr. Kump and his team, and entered judgment in favor of the Kardashians. (Kroma Makeup EU, LLC v. Boldface Licensing + Branding, Inc., et al, 264 F.Supp.3d 1294 (M.D.Fla. 2017).). The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a published unanimous opinion, affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of the Kardashians. (Kroma Makeup EU, LLC v. Boldface Licensing + Branding, Inc., et al, 920 F.3d 704 (11th Cir. 2019).) Thereafter, the United States Supreme Court denied Kroma’s petition for certiorari, thus ending this several year saga in favor of the Kardashians.
  • Representing Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Kris in a pending breach of contract and intentional interference action in Los Angeles Superior Court by the former CEO of a cosmetics company which had a licensing agreement with the Kardashians.
  • Represented Kylie in connection with defamation claims against Forbes magazine regarding an article published in May 2020 entitled “Inside Kylie Jenner’s Web Of Lies—And Why She’s No Longer A Billionaire.” The matter received widespread press coverage with Mr. Kump quoted in USA Today, Forbes, US Weekly, the Daily Mail, and Page Six, among other publications.
  • Representing plaintiffs Kim and her company Kimsaprincess, Inc. in an action filed in federal court in Los Angeles against the “fast fashion” company Missguided, which sells clothing throughout the world on its website. Missguided’s unauthorized use of Kim’s trademarked name and likeness to promote its website and products violated her statutory and common law rights of publicity, and infringed on her trademarks. The court in July 2020 entered a judgment in favor of Kim and her company in the amount of $2,700,000 plus attorneys’ fees. (Kimsaprincess, Inc. vs. Missguided USE (Finance) Inc., et al, USDC case no. 2:19-CV-01258 VAP (JEMx)).
  • Represented Kendall and Kylie, and their respective businesses (Kendall Jenner, Inc., The Kylie Shop, Inc. and Kylie Jenner, Inc.) in an action filed against them in federal court in 2020 for copyright infringement in connection with their clothing businesses. The action was dismissed after discovery.
  • Represented Kendall who was named in an adversary action filed in Bankruptcy Court in New York by the Trustee in connection with the infamous Fyre Festival, seeking to recover the promotional fee earned by and paid to Kendall. The matter was resolved in May 2020.
  • Represented Kim and her company Kimsaprincess, Inc. in an action filed by them in federal court in Los Angeles for copyright and trademark infringement, and violation of her right of publicity, against an Alabama doctor and his trade association for using her name and likeness without authorization in order to promote the so-called “Vampire Facial” procedure. The action was resolved in favor of Kim and her company in 2020 with defendants agreeing to a permanent injunction against them and the payment of attorneys’ fees. (Kimsaprincess, Inc., et al vs. Charles Runels, et al, USDC case no. 2:19-CV-10415 CBM (AFMx)).
  • Represented Kendall and Kendall Jenner, Inc. in a copyright infringement action filed by a photographer in March 2020 in US District Court for the Central District of California. The matter was resolved in October 2020.
  • Represented Kim’s corporation Kimsaprincess Inc. in a trademark infringement action filed in federal court in Chicago by a makeup artist who has developed and sold a line of beauty products, concerning Kim’s cosmetics brand “KKW Beauty.” The federal judge in Chicago granted defendant Kimsaprincess Inc.’s motion to transfer the action to the federal court in Los Angeles, which was filed by Mr. Kump and his team. (Kirsten Kjaer Weis v. Kimsaprincess Inc., 296 F.Supp.3d 926 (N.D.Ill. 2017).) After the conclusion of discovery and the filing of a summary judgment motion by Mr. Kump and his team, the action was dismissed.
  • Represented Kendall as plaintiff in an action filed in federal court in Los Angeles against the creator and distributor of a laser treatment product for trademark infringement and violation of Kendall’s right of publicity, arising out of defendant’s unauthorized use of Kendall’s name and likeness to advertise defendant’s laser products. (Kendall Jenner, Inc., et al v. Cutera, Inc., USDC Case No. 2:16-cv-00936-JAK.)
  • Represented Kris in a copyright infringement and breach of implied contract (idea theft) action filed against her in federal court in Los Angeles. The action was filed by the creator of a video game who alleged that the concept for a Kardashian video game had been presented to Kris, who allegedly shared the information with the company that launched a highly popular app for Kim Kardashian. In response to a motion to dismiss, plaintiff dismissed the federal action and filed a state court action, which was subsequently dismissed.
  • Represented the Kardashian and Jenner sisters in the termination of their licensing agency, Agency for Performing Arts (APA), and the related litigation in state court in Los Angeles.
  • Represented Kourtney, Kim and Khloe in a proposed class action filed in federal court in New York concerning the weight loss products sold under the QuickTrim brand, which the Kardashians endorsed. The plaintiffs, who were purchasers of certain QuickTrim products, sued the manufacturer and distributor of the products for alleged false advertising, and included the Kardashians in the lawsuit. The action was subsequently dismissed. (Andeia Cowan, et al v. Windmill Health Products, LLC, et al, USDC, SDNY Case No. 1:12-cv-1541-VM.)
  • Represented Kim when she ended up in the middle of a lawsuit between TRIA Beauty, the company for which she endorsed an at-home laser hair removal product, and TRIA’s competitor, Radiancy, Inc. TRIA sued Radiancy in federal court in San Francisco for false advertising and Lanham Act violations. Radiancy then filed counterclaims against TRIA, and also sued Kim for false advertising for repeating TRIA’s advertising claims. After discovery and motion practice, the case against Kim was dismissed. (Tria Beauty, Inc. v. Radiancy, Inc., and Counterclaims, USDC, N.D.Cal. Case No. CV-10-5030-RS.)
  • Represented Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, and Kris in an action filed in Fresno County Superior Court. The Kardashians had signed a contract with a company that specialized in debit card programs to endorse a debit card called the “Kardashian Kard.” When the card launched, it was criticized by consumer advocates and the financial press because of the financial fees built into the card. After the Kardashians terminated the contract, the company filed this lawsuit seeking $75 million for breach of contract. The complaint alleged the Kardashians publicized the termination of the contract, which caused the company to go out of business. Mr. Kump filed an anti-SLAPP motion to have the complaint dismissed on the ground the debit card company was seeking to hold the Kardashians liable for exercising their right of free speech on a matter of public interest. Fresno County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hamilton agreed, and granted the motion filed by Mr. Kump and awarded attorneys’ fees to the Kardashians (The Revenue Resource Group, et al v. Dash Dolls, et al, Fresno County Superior Court Case No. 11-CE-CG-00058.). For more information, read the article from The Hollywood Reporter and Judge Hamilton’s opinion.

William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment

Mr. Kump for several years has represented William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment, and then Endeavor, is a variety of litigations in state and federal court, and in arbitration matters. For example:

  • Mr. Kump represented defendant WME in an action for breach of fiduciary duty filed in state court in Los Angeles by former WME clients. The Court granted WME’s motion to stay the action pending the outcome of certain proceedings filed in New York.
  • For over two years, Mr. Kump represented defendant WME in an action filed in federal court in Los Angeles concerning the hit Fox television series, “New Girl.” The action was filed by two screenwriters who submitted copies of their screenplay “Square One” to talent agents at Endeavor Talent Agency (which merged with William Morris to become WME Entertainment). Plaintiffs allege that the agents provided the screenplay to various individuals, including Elizabeth Meriwether, the creator of the TV series “New Girl” which premiered on Fox. Plaintiffs filed this action for copyright infringement and breach of implied contract (idea theft) against WME and other defendants (mostly Fox entities plus the series’ creator and executive producer).
    • United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson granted defendants’ motion to dismiss the idea theft claim and dismissed the claim with prejudice. The Court held that the writers’ idea theft claim is barred by the statute of limitations, and that the writers failed to allege any facts that would excuse them from timely filing the claim. See Judge Wilson’s ruling.
    • After the close of discovery, defendants filed a motion for summary judgment on plaintiffs’ copyright infringement claim. Judge Wilson issued a 24-page ruling granting defendants’ motion and terminating the action. See Judge Wilson’s ruling.
    • At the conclusion of his ruling, Judge Wilson held that: “Plaintiffs have not introduced evidence demonstrating a triable issue of fact regarding Defendants’ access to Square One. Moreover, even assuming arguendo that a triable issue of access exists, no reasonable jury could conclude that there are substantial similarities in the plot, sequence of events, characters, mood, pace, setting, theme, or dialogue between Square One and New Girl.” Judge Wilson also granted WME’s motion for attorneys’ fees, awarding over $220,000 to Mr. Kump’s clients. See Judge Wilson’s ruling.

    MRC (Media Rights Capital)

    • From 2008 to the present, Mr. Kump has represented MRC, a leading television and film studio that specializes in the creation of content in partnership with the industry’s foremost creative talent, in a variety of litigation and counseling matters involving cutting edge intellectual property and contract issues.
    • Represented MRC in two confidential arbitrations concerning their film and television business.
    • Represented defendant MRC in a trademark infringement action filed in federal court in Boston, in which plaintiff alleged that MRC’s popular television series “House of Cards” and related gambling slot machines and memorabilia infringed upon plaintiff’s trademark.
    • Representing MRC and all other defendants in a copyright infringement action filed by a screenwriter who claimed the motion picture Elysium starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster infringed the copyright in his screenplay. Mr. Kump represents MRC, the financier and producer of the film, along with Neill Blomkamp, the Oscar-nominated writer/director of the hit film District 9 who wrote and directed Elysium, and a major motion picture studio that distributed the film, among others. United States District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of the Northern District of California issued a 32-page ruling granting KWIKA’s motion for summary judgment and denying the screenwriter’s motion for summary judgment. The Court found that “while there might be some superficial similarities between the two works, a close examination of the screenplay and the film reveals many significant differences and few real similarities among the protectable elements.” Based on its ruling, the Court entered judgment in favor of defendants and dismissed the action. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari (Briggs v. Blomkamp, et al, 70 F.Supp.3d 1155 (N.D.Cal. 2014), aff’d, 714 Fed. Appx. 712 (9th Cir. 2018), cert. denied, 139 S.Ct. 233 (2018).)
    • Represented an MRC entity in both federal and state court for two years concerning MRC’s payment to the Philip K. Dick Testamentary Trust for the exclusive rights to the short story Adjustment Team written by the late Philip K. Dick, which was the basis for MRC’s successful film The Adjustment Bureau. MRC alleged that the Trust had breached representations and warranties that the Trust owned the exclusive world copyright rights in the underlying story because, in fact, the underlying story had fallen into the public domain in the U.S. and most foreign territories. Mr. Kump on behalf of MRC filed a complaint in federal court for declaratory relief, after which the parties amicably resolved their dispute.

    Additional Recent Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Media Matters

    Sandra Bullock

    • Represented Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock in a high profile action filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court against affiliate marketing companies that have been using her name and likeness without authorization to sell beauty products. Ellen DeGeneres is also a plaintiff (represented by her own counsel). The case has been widely reported including in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and has been dismissed without prejudice to further action and proceedings. (Sandra Bullock and Ellen DeGeneres v. John DOE 1-100, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. 19STCV40025.)

    Daniel Tosh

    • Represented Daniel Tosh, the comedian, TV host, actor, writer and executive producer, whose television show Tosh.0 played for 12 seasons on Comedy Central and became the network’s most successful show, in getting out of his contract with ViacomCBS on favorable terms. During the last telecast of Tosh.0 on November 24, 2020, Tosh paid homage to his representatives for making him “the wealthy comedian I am today”, and singled out “big hitter Mike Kump” who is “the best in the business at unwinding relationships on your terms.”

    Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

    • Represented Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hofesh, Inc., in a trademark infringement action filed against Hofesh in federal court in Los Angeles by the owner of the HAPPY PLACE trademark. Hofesh is the producer of a multi-sensory pop-up art exhibit called “Happy Place.” This matter was dismissed after discovery. (Happy Place, Inc. v. Hofesh, LLC, et al, USDC Case No. 2:18-cv-06915-ODW.)

    EuropaCorp S,A.

    • Representing EuopaCorp S.A., a French production company founded by famed film director Luc Besson, in connection with a French investigation into his alleged conduct.

    Michael Strahan

    • Representing NFL Hall of Fame player and GMA television personality Michael Strahan in an action filed in state court in 2020 over a failed investment in a business involving singer, songwriter and actor Wiz Khalifa.

    SMAC Entertainment LLC

    • Representing SMAC Entertainment LLC, a multi-dimensional talent management, music, branding, and production company founded and operated by Michael Strahan and Constance Schwartz-Morini, which has been sued in an action filed in state court in 2020 regarding a clothing brand associated with the WWE and two retired wrestling stars known as the “Bella Twins.”

    Critical Content LLC

    • Represented Critical Content LLC, a leading global content studio that focuses on unscripted and scripted programming, in a dispute with a competitor and network concerning the right to produce an unscripted TV series based on Wham-O’s iconic toy, Slip ‘N Slide, which included an action filed in state court. The matter was favorably resolved.

    Alexander Davis

    • Representing Alexander Davis, grandson of tycoon Marvin Davis, in an action filed in state court in 2020 involving his stepfather who is seeking hundreds of millions arising out of a settlement agreement concerning a former joint business. (Alexander J. Davis vs. Kenneth D. Rickel, Los Angeles Superior Court case no. 20SMCV01367).

    Justin Baldoni, Wayfarer Entertainment LLC and Wayfarer Studios LLC

    • Representing American director, actor and filmmaker Justin Baldoni, and Wayfarer Entertainment LLC and Wayfarer Studios, LLC in an action filed in state court in 2020 by Wayfarer Entertainment’s terminated CFO alleging fraud and breach of contract. (Shane Norman vs. Wayfarer Entertainment, LLC, et al, Los Angeles Superior Court case no. 20STCV46882).

    James Parker

    • Representing James Parker, the former Chief Financial Officer of MedMen, one of the largest public cannabis companies in the world, who sued his former employer in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking substantial because he was forced to resign when top management failed to heed his repeated warnings about ongoing improper and illegal conduct in the public company. (James Parker vs. MM Enterprises USA LLC, et al, Los Angeles Superior Court case no. 19SMCV00189).

    Additional Recent Matters

    • Represented and representing a diverse group of entertainment and media clients in a variety of non-public and unrelated matters, including clients Barbra Streisand, Brad Pitt, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), Skydance Media LLC (a diversified global media company founded by David Ellison), HBO Latin America, Brillstein Entertainment Partners (a talent management firm and television production company), Marv Films (a British production company owned by film producer, director and screenwriter Matthew Vaughn), and Management 360 (a talent and literary management + film and television production company).

    Further Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Media Matters

    Jessica Simpson

    • In 2018, represented actress, singer, and fashion designer Jessica Simpson, along with her parents and her corporation, who were sued in Los Angeles County Superior Court for breach of an alleged 10% finder’s fee agreement in connection with the $120 million sale of Jessica’s company in 2015. Mr. Kump filed a cross-complaint for fraudulent concealment against plaintiff and his business partner. With a jury trial set to commence on December 4, 2018, all of the lawsuits were dismissed in October 2018. (Jeffrey Bowler v. The Jessica Simpson Collection, et al, and Cross-Complaint, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC 591050.)

    Jamie McCourt

    • Represented Jamie McCourt, then owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in her marital dissolution action filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Frank McCourt took the position that he was the sole owner of the Dodgers based upon a marital property agreement signed by the couple. During discovery, Mr. Kump and Jamie’s legal team discovered that the couple actually signed two versions of the marital property agreement, one of which preserved Jamie’s marital property rights in the Dodgers, and one of which did not. After an eleven-day bench trial, the Honorable Scott M. Gordon set aside the marital property agreement, finding that it was not valid or enforceable. As a result of the ruling, all of the couple’s assets acquired during their marriage, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, were presumed under California law to be community property. Mr. Kump’s achievements in the McCourt trial were recognized by the Daily Journal, the leading legal newspaper in California, in “Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Impact 2010.” Published annually, the Daily Journal‘s list is a selection of Top Verdicts throughout the year, highlighting those cases with outstanding results.

    Michael Keaton

    • For over two years, Mr. Kump represented Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton in a lawsuit filed against him in federal court in Chicago in connection with the motion picture The Merry Gentleman. Keaton starred in and made his directorial debut in the independent film which garnered widespread praise from critics when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and when it was released in theaters. Nevertheless, years later, one of the investors in the film filed a breach of contract action against Keaton, alleging that Keaton’s breaches of his Directing Agreement caused the investor to lose his investment. After conducting discovery for several months, Mr. Kump and his team filed a motion for summary judgment which established that Keaton’s performance as director did not cause the film to underperform at the box office.

    United States District Judge Gary Feinerman in Chicago agreed and granted KWIKA’s motion in an 18-page published opinion. The District Court ruled that plaintiff failed to show that a reasonable jury could find a causal connection between Keaton’s alleged breaches and plaintiff’s claimed monetary losses. Plaintiff appealed the dismissal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

    Mr. Kump argued the appeal to the three-Judge panel consisting of Seventh Circuit Judges William J. Bauer, Ilana Rovner and David F. Hamilton. The appellate panel issued its unanimous opinion affirming summary judgment for Keaton and dismissing the action against Keaton. In his written opinion, Circuit Judge Hamilton asked: “Who can say why a critically praised movie did not make money?”  Hamilton wrote: “no reasonable trier of fact could find that Merry Gentleman lost its entire investment of $5.5 million because Keaton failed to submit his first cut on time or failed to publicize the movie better. Merry Gentleman entered the directing contract to have Keaton deliver a finished movie, and he delivered one that showed well at Sundance and won some critical praise. The breaches by Keaton that Merry Gentleman alleges cannot reasonably be said to have rendered the investment completely worthless.”

    Both The Hollywood Reporter and the National Law Journal, among others, wrote about KWIKA’s victory. Mr. Kump told the National Law Journal: “We’re very pleased with this victory. Michael directed a film which received critical praise at both the Sundance Film Festival and in the national media when released, and he put his heart and soul into making this movie. We’re glad this is finally over.” (Merry Gentleman LLC v. George and Leona Productions, Inc. and Michael Keaton, 76 F.Supp.3d 756 (N.D.Ill. 2014), aff’d, 799 F.3d 827 (7th Cir. 2015).)

    Starz Entertainment

    Prior to Starz’s acquisition by Lionsgate, Mr. Kump for several years represented Starz, a media and entertainment company that produces and Mr. Kump filed actions in federal and federal court to protect and enforce Starz’s copyright and contractual rights. For example:

    • Mr. Kump filed an action in Colorado state court on behalf of Starz against DISH Network LLC for breach of contract when DISH, without Starz’s permission, provided Starz’s premium programming free of charge for an entire year to over 10 million DISH customers. Starz sought damages against DISH of over $100 million because DISH’s “give-away” of Starz’s channels breached the parties’ Affiliation Agreement. The jury trial was conducted in Colorado state court with Mr. Kump serving as lead trial counsel for Starz. During the second week of the jury trial, the parties reached a settlement of all claims brought by Starz against DISH.
    • FX Network LLC filed an action in Los Angeles County Superior Court against DISH and Starz for intentional interference with contractual relations based upon DISH’s “free” give-away of Starz’s premium programming. Mr. Kump defended Starz in FX’s action and defeated FX’s motion for a preliminary injunction. The action against Starz was subsequently dismissed.
    • Mr. Kump filed an action on behalf of Starz when a Disney subsidiary began permitting Internet services, such as Apple’s iTunes, to sell Disney Pictures that had been exclusively licensed to Starz (see Complaint). Mr. Kump and his team filed a motion for partial summary judgment, which asked the Court to interpret the parties’ license agreements as prohibiting the conduct at issue (see Motion). The Court granted Starz’s motion and adopted Starz’s interpretation of the parties’ contracts (see Order). The action was resolved on the eve of trial.

    Whalerock Industries

    • Represents Whalerock Industries, an independent media/technology company, which creates, distributes and produces premium content and brands in digital, television and feature film across all platforms throughout the world, in a variety of litigation and counseling matters involving cutting edge intellectual property and contract issues.
    • Represented Lloyd Braun, co-founder and co-owner of entertainment powerhouse BermanBraun, in the transaction that resulted in Braun becoming the sole owner of the company, now known as Whalerock Industries. Braun is recognized as an innovator in traditional and new media, having served as President of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, followed by several years at Disney/ABC where he served as Chairman of ABC Entertainment Television Group, after which he served as the head of Yahoo! Media Group before founding BermanBraun in 2007.

    Shaquille O’Neal

    • Represented NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal who was sued by an alleged former business associate. Mr. Kump removed the action to federal court and filed a motion to dismiss the entire lawsuit on the ground it was time-barred by the applicable statute of limitations. Plaintiff countered that the statute of limitations had been tolled by a California statute (section 351) because Shaq lived outside the state of California from the time the causes of action accrued. Mr. Kump’s motion argued, however, that the statute cannot be constitutionally applied in this case because the unreasonable burden it would impose on interstate commerce violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
    • United States District Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen granted Mr. Kump’s motion and dismissed the entire action with prejudice, finding that “the burden on interstate commerce imposed by section 351 outweighs the articulated state interest in this case, and the application of section 351 to toll the statute of limitations on Plaintiff’s claims would violate the commerce clause.” (For more information, read Judge Nguyen’s opinion.) The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Judge Nguyen’s ruling, finding that “The burden on interstate commerce as applied to O’Neal is substantial and the countervailing interest is minimal. Application of section 351 in this case would offend the Commerce Clause and [plaintiff’s] suit was properly dismissed because it was untimely.” (See Ninth Circuit opinion).

    Additional Representative Media, Entertainment and Intellectual Property Matters

    • Represented well-known Hollywood producer Salim Akil in an action in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging inter alia idea theft. (Amber Dixon Brenner v. Salim Akil, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 18STCV05673.) The action was dismissed after discovery.
    • Represented for several years Greg Garrison, the longtime producer, director and part owner of the Dean Martin television shows, and his Executor and Trustee (after his death), in several disputes and lawsuits over the rights to the shows, including two separate copyright infringement actions in federal court and three separate civil actions in state court. One of the state actions filed by Mr. Garrison’s heirs alleged they should be awarded an interest in valuable property based upon an alleged forged agreement. After a six day trial handled by Mr. Kump, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz ruled in favor of Mr. Kump’s client (see Court’s opinion).
    • Represented the renowned cartoonist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes in connection with the actions by actor Shia LaBeouf, whose short film exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival infringed Mr. Clowes’ published comic. The matter was resolved without Mr. Clowes filing an action for copyright infringement.
    • Represented Mark Koops in a confidential arbitration against Reveille Independent LLC. Mr. Koops was the co-creator and an executive producer of NBC’s television hit series “The Biggest Loser” and was for many years a Managing Director of Reveille.
    • Represented the entertainment law firm Ziffren Brittenham when a third party sought to discover financial information concerning the firm’s clients. Mr. Kump obtained an important ruling for the law firm in the California Court of Appeal that barred the discovery on the grounds that it invaded the clients’ constitutionally-guaranteed right to privacy.

    Trade Secrets Litigation

    • Over the past decade, Mr. Kump has served as West Coast litigation counsel for USI – a diversified insurance and financial services firm that is the eighth-largest insurance brokerage in the United States – in numerous misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition actions filed throughout California against insurance producers who left to join competing firms.  In these actions, Mr. Kump obtained injunctive relief to protect USI’s trade secrets and to enforce USI’s restrictive covenants, which resulted in the cases settling on favorable terms for USI.  Mr. Kump also counsels USI on a broad range of trade practice issues, including trade secret protection and the enforceability of contractual covenants governing competition.

    Film & Television Profit Participants Litigation

    Mr. Kump has successfully represented profit participants in several matters against studios and television and film companies to recover monies contractually owed to his clients.

    • For three years, Mr. Kump represented the writers and producers of the award winning television series “Smallville” in an action filed in state court in Los Angeles against the vertically-integrated media conglomerate Time Warner. The action was amicably resolved and dismissed. (Killara Productions, Inc., et al v. Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P., Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC 434445.)
    • Mr. Kump represented the creators of the award winning animated television comedy “King of the Hill” against Twentieth Century Fox Television in a matter resolved prior to the filing of litigation.
    • Mr. Kump represented the creator (Nia Vardalos) and the executive producers (Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Gary Goetzman) of the film hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” in an action filed in state court in Los Angeles against the film’s studio and production companies. The action was amicably resolved and dismissed. (Clavius Base, Inc., et al v. Big Wedding Productions, Inc., et al, Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC 375442.)

    Representative Appellate Cases

    Throughout his career, Mr. Kump has handled a number of complex and diverse appellate matters in both the state and federal appellate courts.

    • Most recently, Mr. Kump led a legal team that prevailed in an international child custody battle waged in the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District in Fresno. The Court agreed with the arguments presented by Mr. Kump and his team, ruling in favor of their clients and summarily denying Petitioners’ request for an emergency stay and reversal of the trial court’s orders in an international child custody case. (Fatema Ezzuddin v. Ibrahim Qaidjoher Ezzuddin, California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, Case No. F071165.)

    Petitioners were two sisters married to two men who are cousins; together, the two couples have nine minor children that were born and raised in Mumbai, India. The families are members of a religious faith which is several hundred years old and has over a million followers worldwide. When their spiritual leader died, a succession dispute arose, which caused a rift between the two sisters and their husbands. The sisters took their nine children and flew them from Mumbai to Bakersfield, California without the fathers’ knowledge or consent. Shortly after arriving, the sisters filed a motion in the Kern County Superior Court seeking temporary restraining orders against their husbands and seeking custody orders related to the minor children. After a trial, the trial court rejected the sisters’ claims of domestic violence and ordered the return of the children to the fathers’ custody.

    Mr. Kump was brought in by the fathers’ family law attorney to handle the subsequent proceedings in the Court of Appeal. The sisters filed a request for an emergency stay in the Court of Appeal, and also sought orders reversing the trial court’s custody ruling in favor of the fathers. Mr. Kump and his team sprang into action and only 48 hours after the sisters filed several briefs and voluminous exhibits, the KWIKA team filed a 45-page opposition with the Court of Appeal. Just 24 hours later, the Court of Appeal summarily denied all requests for relief by the sisters. As a result, the children with their fathers returned to their close-knit community in Mumbai, India, where they had been born and raised before being uprooted.

    Merle Norman Cosmetics Litigation

    • For fifteen years, Mr. Kump represented Merle Norman Cosmetics, a national franchisor of cosmetics studios, in several federal and state actions covering a broad array of claims. After years of multi-state discovery, Mr. Kump successfully represented plaintiff Merle Norman in a four-week civil RICO and fraud trial filed in New York federal court against an advertising company. The presentation of Merle Norman’s case involved the testimony of eighteen witnesses and over 700 exhibits presented digitally. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury awarded a multi-million-dollar verdict to Merle Norman. (Merle Norman Cosmetics, Inc. v. Clipper Magazine, Inc., et al, USDC, EDNY Case No. 98 Civ. 2327-DRH.)

    Antitrust Litigation and Counseling

    • Mr. Kump’s practice encompasses antitrust litigation and counseling. Mr. Kump successfully represented defendant Courtside LLC in an antitrust action filed in federal court in Los Angeles.  Courtside produces and finances multi-platform, quality programming and is the radio home for high profile personalities. In this action, independent producers of news and talk radio programs alleged that lead defendant Dial Global, Inc. monopolized certain markets in the radio programming industry, and that as part of this antitrust conspiracy, Courtside interfered with plaintiffs’ contracts with certain radio personalities. Mr. Kump and his team filed a motion to dismiss the tort claims against Courtside for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, which United States District Judge Jesus Bernal granted and dismissed all claims against Courtside. (The Original Talk Radio Network, Inc., et al v. Dial Global, Inc., et al, USDC Case No. CV-12-7370-JGB.)
    • For over ten years, Mr. Kump successfully represented Merle Norman in a series of related state and federal actions, defending the company against alleged violations of the Sherman and Clayton Acts, while prosecuting the company’s trademark and Lanham Act claims. (Acton v. Merle Norman Cosmetics, Inc., 163 F.3d 605 (9th Cir. 1998) (Table, Text in WL, No. 97-56269); Acton v. Merle Norman Cosmetics, Inc., 1995-1 CCH Trade Cases 71,025 (C.D. Cal. 1995); Acton v. Merle Norman Cosmetics, Inc., 1994-2 CCH Trade Cases 70,784 (C.D. Cal. 1984); Merle Norman Cosmetics, Inc. v. U.S. Dist. Ct., Cent. Dist. of Cal., 856 F.2d 98 (9th Cir. 1988).) During this litigation, Mr. Kump successfully defended the company in a five-week jury trial on antitrust issues and in a bench trial on causation and damages, while also recovering favorable settlements in two bad faith actions brought against the company’s insurers.
    • Mr. Kump represented International E-Z Up, Inc., the originator and manufacturer of instant portable canopies, against antitrust counterclaims filed in the company’s patent infringement case. After creating and implementing a targeted discovery plan, Mr. Kump brought a motion for summary judgment, which the federal court granted in a published opinion. (Carter v. Variflex, Inc., 101 F.Supp.2d 1261 (C.D. Cal. 2000).)

Honors & Awards

Mr. Kump has received numerous professional recognitions and awards, including:

Education

Mr. Kump was born and raised in Northfield, Minnesota.

He is a graduate of:

He also studied at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and at the Goethe Institut in Freiburg, Germany.

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Michael Kump was recently quoted in Ashley Cullins’ The Hollywood Reporter article “Kim Kardashian West Out for Blood Over Use of Her Image in Vampire Facial Marketing.” This article describes...

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Prestigious Chambers USA 2019 Guide Recognizes KWIKA and Attorneys Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser, and Kump

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Seven KWIKA Attorneys Named 2019 “Best Lawyers”

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KWIKA Attorneys Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser and Kump Recognized in Prestigious Chambers 2018 Guide

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The firm and four of its founding partners – Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser and Michael Kump – have been honored in by the distinguished ranking organization Chambers as being among...

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Kinsella, Weitzman, Kump Again Named to Prestigious 2017 Hollywood Reporter “Power Lawyers” List

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KWIKA files countersuit in Johnny Depp battle

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KWIKA scores victory for Kardashians in cosmetics lawsuit

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KWIKA’s Michael Kump, Jonathan Steinsapir and Gregory Korn won a preliminary injunction in federal court on August 23, 2016 on behalf of clients Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. ...

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KWIKA wins summary judgment in ‘New Girl’ copyright infringement claim

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Since 2014, KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Gregory Korn have been representing defendant William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment in an action filed in federal court in Los Angeles concerning the...

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Twelve at KWIKA named Super Lawyers for 2016

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December 9, 2015

Five at KWIKA named Super Lawyers in 2015 Business Edition

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Daily Journal names KWIKA one of California’s top 25 boutique firms

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KWIKA is proud to announce that it has been named to the Daily Journal honor roll of "Top Boutiques" in California for 2015. As the only firm named in...

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Michael Kump featured in University of Michigan Law notable alumni profile

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Federal Court of Appeals in Chicago affirms KWIKA victory in Michael Keaton lawsuit

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Five KWIKA Attorneys Named 2016 ‘Best Lawyers’

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Partners Dale Kinsella, Michael Kump, Howard Weitzman, Lawrence Iser and Shawn Holley have been recognized as among the top lawyers in the nation in the 2016 edition of The Best...

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Judge dismisses ‘New Girl’ idea theft claim

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KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Gregory Korn are representing defendant William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment in an action filed in federal court in Los Angeles concerning the hit ABC television...

May 19, 2015

Prestigious Chambers 2015 Guide Honors KWIKA and Attorneys Kinsella, Weitzman and Kump

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KWIKA and three of its founding partners—Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Michael Kump—have been recognized by the prestigious ranking organization, Chambers, as among the top law firms and legal practitioners...

April 29, 2015

Dale, Howard and Mike named ‘Top 100 Power Lawyers’ for 2015

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KWIKA is proud to announce that founding members Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman and Michael Kump have been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of "Top 100 Power Lawyers" in...

April 14, 2015

KWIKA claims three spots on ‘Variety Legal Impact Report 2015’

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In its Legal Impact Report for 2015, Variety has included three KWIKA partners on its annual honor roll of the leading lawyers in the entertainment business. Founding partner Howard...

March 23, 2015

KWIKA wins international child custody battle in California Court of Appeal

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On March 20, 2015, the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District in Fresno, agreed with the arguments presented by the KWIKA team of founder Michael Kump, partner Amber Melius,...

February 23, 2015

KWIKA glows in Daily Journal feature

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In his "Santa Monica Goes Hollywood" feature piece on KWIKA, Daily Journal reporter Matthew Blake zeroed in on the power packed into a small firm with veteran legal talent capable...

January 22, 2015

Ten at KWIKA named Super Lawyers for 2015

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that 10 of our attorneys were named Super Lawyers for 2015, including Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, Alan Kossoff, Shawn Holley, Greg...

December 24, 2014

KWIKA wins film lawsuit for Michael Keaton

KWIKA founding partner Michael Kump and Jeremiah Reynolds convinced a federal judge in Chicago to dismiss claims filed against renowned actor Michael Keaton in connection with the motion picture The...

December 2, 2014

KWIKA lands three slots on Super Lawyers IP list

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers' Business Edition for 2014 includes our partners Larry Iser, Michael Kump and Jonathan Steinsapir in the Intellectual Property category.  One of the...

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Michael Kump’s Daily Journal article warning about the handling of privileged documents

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October 3, 2014

KWIKA wins copyright case on the film ‘Elysium’

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KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Greg Korn represented all defendants in a copyright infringement action filed in 2013 by a screenwriter who claimed the motion picture Elysium starring Matt Damon...

August 18, 2014

Five at KWIKA named ‘Best Lawyers’ for 2015

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KWIKA is proud to announce that partners Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump and Shawn Holley are included in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©....

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Super Lawyers Magazine: Four at KWIKA named in Business Edition

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that five of our partners will appear in the 2014 Business Edition of Super Lawyers magazine. Dale Kinsella will appear in the Business Litigation section,...

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January 30, 2014

Seven at KWIKA named Super Lawyers for 2014

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A full 40 percent of all lawyers at KWIKA were named Super Lawyers for 2014, including Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, Shawn Holley, Suann MacIsaac and Jonathan...

January 29, 2014

Michael Kump speaks at Producers Guild of America Conference (video clip)

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May 31, 2013

Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of action filed against KWIKA client, Shaquille O’Neal

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On May 24, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the ruling of the district court granting the motion filed by KWIKA partners Michael Kump...

May 30, 2013

KWIKA protects Starz Entertainment’s contract rights in Colorado jury trial

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KWIKA attorneys Michael Kump, Jonathan Steinsapir and Aaron Liskin, and paralegal Janet Glick, represented long-time KWIKA client Starz Entertainment in a jury trial against defendant DISH Network that commenced on...

May 13, 2013

Michael Kump and Greg Korn get antitrust case thrown out

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KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Greg Korn successfully represented defendant Courtside LLC in an antitrust action filed in federal court in Los Angeles.  Courtside produces and finances multi-platform, quality programming...

April 1, 2013

Michael Kump to speak at Producers Guild of America conference

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February 3, 2013

Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013: Seven at KWIKA named Southern California Super Lawyers

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Thirty-five percent of all lawyers at KWIKA were named Super Lawyers for 2013, including Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, Shawn Holley and Suann MacIsaac. In the annual...

September 7, 2012

Super Lawyers Magazine: Three at KWIKA named in Business Edition

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KWIKA is pleased to note that the 2012 Business Edition of Super Lawyers magazine includes three of our attorneys: founding partners Dale Kinsella, Larry Iser, and Michael Kump. Dale was...

February 9, 2012

Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012: Five at KWIKA Named Southern California Super Lawyers

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Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump, and Shawn Holley were named Super Lawyers for 2012. In the annual edition of Super Lawyers (Southern California), Dale was recognized for...

January 10, 2012

Partners Michael Kump and Shawn Holley Named to Lawdragon’s Elite for 2011

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Lawdragon magazine has selected KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Shawn Holley for the 2011 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America based upon their accomplishments in the past year as well...

October 18, 2011

Michael Kump and Jonathan Steinsapir Win One for Shaq

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When NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was sued by an alleged former business associate who claimed the basketball great had ordered him to be kidnapped, he turned for help to KWIKA...

September 12, 2011

Super Lawyers Magazine, Business Edition 2011: KWIKA Puts Three on the List

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KWIKA is pleased to note that partners Dale Kinsella, Larry Iser, and Michael Kump are listed in Super Lawyers‘ 2011 Business Edition. Dale was chosen for his success in Business...

August 30, 2011

BestLawyers.com: Four at KWIKA Named ‘Best Lawyers in America’ for 2012

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KWIKA is proud to announce that partners Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser and Michael Kump are included in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Long recognized...

June 19, 2011

Michael Kump and Jeremiah Reynolds Score Big Victory for Kardashians

KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Jeremiah Reynolds, representing the Kardashian sisters (Kim, Khloe and Kourtney), filed an anti-SLAPP motion to have a complaint thrown out because a debit card company...

April 13, 2011

Dale Kinsella & Michael Kump Honored for Top Verdicts of 2010

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KWIKA is pleased to announce that Partners Dale Kinsella and Michael Kump have been included in “Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Impact 2010” in the January 19, 2011 edition of the...

March 7, 2011

American Lawyer Magazine: Spotlight on Michael Kump’s Recent McCourt Trial

In “Error at Home,” Drew Combs tells us how a lawyer’s change of a key word in a marital property agreement (discovered by Michael Kump) turned into the linchpin of Jamie McCourt’s...

January 26, 2011

CLE International 2011 Film, Television & New Media Conference: Michael Kump Reviews Recent Developments in Contract Litigation

On January 27, 2011, Michael Kump spoke for the sixth year in a row at CLE International’s annual Film, Television & New Media Conference in Los Angeles. Michael’s speech, entitled...

December 7, 2010

KWIKA Lawyers Invalidate Alleged Dodgers Ownership Agreement

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December 7, 2010 — Today, Judge Scott Gordon of the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a 100-page decision which invalidated an alleged agreement between KWIKA client Jamie McCourt and her...

October 11, 2010

Michael Kump Plays Key Role in Highly Publicized McCourt Trial

Michael Kump represents Jamie McCourt and was one of her primary trial lawyers in the high profile trial that began on August 30, 2010 and ended on September 30, 2010...

February 4, 2010

Presentation: “Recent Developments in Contract Litigation”

On January 21, 2010, Michael Kump spoke for the fifth year in a row at CLE International’s annual Film, Television & New Media Conference in Los Angeles. Michael’s speech, entitled...

February 4, 2010

Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010: Five at KWIKA Named Southern California Super Lawyers

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Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, Michael Kump and Shawn Holley were named Super Lawyers for 2010. In the annual edition of Super Lawyers (Southern California), Dale and Larry were...

December 13, 2009

Super Lawyers Magazine, Corporate Counsel 2010 Edition: Intellectual Property Litigation

Michael Kump named Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation for 2010. In the January/February 2010 edition of Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, Michael was recognized for his success in Intellectual Property Litigation during 2009...

November 16, 2008

CIO Magazine: Intellectual Property and Trade Secret Protection in the Employment Arena

Read Michael Kump’s interview with CIO.com. Read Full Interview...

September 29, 2008

Presentation: “Noncompete Agreements: California Supreme Court Sounds Death Knell for Noncompetes: What Employers Should Do Now to Protect Themselves”

Michael Kump conducts audio conference for 150 human resource professionals. On September 25, 2008, Michael Kump presented an audio conference for the Employer Resource Institute to 150 human resource professionals on...

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