On August 24, 2015, Jessica Sibony joined Kopple & Klinger as an experienced associate. Jessica brings with her a depth of knowledge and expertise in estate planning, trust administration and general business transactions. Jessica’s past experience also includes trust and estate litigation, including the representation of individuals and fiduciaries in will and trust contests, breach of fiduciary duty cases, accounting actions, and financial elder abuse. Jessica received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 2012. Additionally, she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Political Science in 2009. She is admitted to practice in California and is a member of the Trust and Estates Section of the California State Bar.
Partner Les Klinger has been selected to the 2015 Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.
David recently was appointed to serve on the Executive Committee of his ProVisors Group — Entertainment II. ProVisors – Entertainment II is a networking group of attorneys, business managers, and other professionals serving clients in the entertainment industry.
Partner Les Klinger just returned from being a Special Guest of Honor at NecronomiCon in Providence, RI, a celebration of the 125th anniversary of the birth of H. P. Lovecraft.
He will be speaking in September to the entire campus of Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX, on mystery fiction, and he has been invited to be the sole American author participating in “Black Week,” a special event to be held in Istanbul commemorating the 125th anniversary of the birth of Agatha Christie.
Les will also be a Guest of Honor at StokerCon, the first annual convention of the Horror Writers Association, in May 2016 in Las Vegas.
Les also has two new books out this Fall, In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Horror Fiction, 1816-1914 (Pegasus Books) and Annotated Sandman, vol. 4 (Vertigo/DC Entertainment).
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.
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.
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.
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.