Partner David Elbaz was recently elected as the Vice-President of the Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council. The BHEPC is a premiere network of estate planning advisors, including attorneys, CPAs, trust officers, wealth managers, insurance agents and valuation professionals.
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Ryan Nowicki was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the Century City VII group of ProVisors, which is a professional networking group whose members are senior-level attorneys and trusted advisors. ProVisors’ members establish meaningful relationships with each other by participating in group meetings, casual small-group gatherings, educational forums and virtual communications. Members are committed to one another to generate multi-disciplinary solutions for their clients.
The year 2013 has been a busy one for co-founding partner Les Klinger, both inside and outside the office.
Early in the year Les Klinger was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® (presented by the Horror Writers Association at the World Horror Convention) for Annotated Sandman, vol. 1 (New York: DC Comics, 2012).
Les again moderated a panel at the Los Angeles Festival of Books, this one on mystery series, held on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Les was selected to speak on “Publishing Contracts 101” at the California Crime Writers Conference in Pasadena, CA, on June 22, 2013.
Les was selected to be the keynote speaker at “Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Place,” a conference presented by the University of Minnesota on Aug. 10-12, 2013, and was a panelist at San Diego Comic-Con in mid-July, NecronomiCon in Providence, RI, in late August, and Bouchercon in Albany, NY, in mid-September. Les also introduced “DraculaFest,” sponsored by Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles, on September 12, 2013.
Les again taught a UCLA Extension class on “Sherlock Holmes and His World” on Sat., October 26, and was the campus-wide guest speaker at Santa Rosa Community College on October 28, 2013, on Sherlock Holmes. Also, Les moderated a panel on vampires at the Hammer Museum on October 29, 2013, just in time for Halloween! He was also the guest of honor at 221BCon in Seattle on October 4 and 5.
In November 2013, Les was a featured participant at “Men of Mystery” in Orange County and spoke at a conference on “Literature and the Law” in Portland, OR.
2014 promises to be a busy year for Les as well, with volumes 3 and 4 of Annotated Sandman to be published by DC Comics as well as his New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft, due out from W. W. Norton in October 2014.
Karen S. Nowicki, CPA MBA, wife of Kopple & Klinger attorney Ryan Nowicki, was elected as the new City Treasurer for the city of Hermosa Beach at its general municipal election on November 5, 2013.
From October 31, 2013 through November 3, 2013, Care Harbor conducted the nation’s largest urban free medical clinic, held in downtown Los Angeles. For four days, Care Harbor, a Los Angeles based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, converted the entire Los Angeles Sports Arena (former home of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team) into a temporary hospital and provided over 3,000 patients with much needed medical, dental and vision care, all 100% for free. Staffed by thousands of volunteers each year, Care Harbor serves the uninsured and underinsured populations in each town in which it takes up temporary residence.
Care Harbor has been a pro bono client of Kopple & Klinger attorney Ryan Nowicki since its inception in 2010, and Ryan continues to serve on its Board of Directors and as its outside legal counsel to this day.
On June 7, 2013, Kopple and Klinger joined in with a number of local professional firms to co-sponsor the L.A. County Bar Association’s “Dana Latham Memorial Award.” In 1976, the Los Angeles County Bar Taxation Section decided to honor the memory of Dana Latham by establishing the Dana Latham Memorial Award.
The award is given only in those years when the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section concludes that there is a then-living leader of the Los Angeles tax bar who has made an outstanding contribution to the community and to the legal profession in the field of taxation. Generally, such service involves a broad participation in community and public service coupled with achievement as a leader on the Bench, in legal education, tax literature, or in practice as a lawyer, and may involve a combination of these factors.
Dana Latham epitomized those characteristics. He served as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and made many other significant contributions during his lifetime.
On June 3, 2013, Kopple & Klinger Partner David Elbaz was elected to the Board of Directors of the Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council (BHEPC). The BHEPC, founded in the 1970’s, is the premiere network of estate planning advisors, including attorneys, CPAs, trust officers, wealth managers, insurance agents and valuation professionals. As a non-profit, exclusive membership organization, the BHEPC is committed to a spirit of mutual professional aid, education and fraternalism.
On April 1, 2013, Kopple & Klinger Partner David Elbaz and his wife Lauren welcomed their son Mason Nic Elbaz into the world, at 6 lbs. 14 ounces.
On April 7, 2013, Kopple & Klinger attorney Ryan Nowicki was the featured legal speaker at the inaugural New Business Seminar, held by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau.
For the last month, the firm has been remodeling the interior of its office space at the 16-story Westwood Place office tower adjacent to Westwood Village in Los Angeles, California. Come on by and check out our new reception area and freshened paint and carpet throughout!