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1 04, 2012

Les Klinger Speaks at 2012 World Horror Convention

On April 1, 2012, Les Klinger was a featured speaker at the 2012 World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, on the topics of Sherlock Holmes, Dracula and the Sand Man. Les is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Homes and Dracula, and is the editor of award winning annotations on each.

The World Horror Convention is an annual conference sponsored by the Horror Writers Association, a non-profit organization of professional writers of fiction and non-fiction inspired by the traditions, legends, development, and history of horror and occult.

6 02, 2012

Ryan D. Nowicki Joins Kopple & Klinger LLP

On February 6, 2012, the firm welcomed its sixth attorney, Ryan D. Nowicki, to its mix of renowned tax, estate planning, business and real estate legal professionals. Ryan joins the firm bringing his extensive knowledge of the law in the areas of tax planning and tax controversy, business law and nonprofit organization law.

“It is our great pleasure to welcome Ryan to the firm,” said Robert C. Kopple, one of the firm’s founding partners. “Ryan’s addition reflects the extensive experience that Kopple & Klinger offers our clients in the areas of tax, business and nonprofit law.”

“Kopple & Klinger aims to remain one the Los Angeles region’s truly elite law firms within our practice areas, and one key way we can accomplish this is by ensuring we are bringing up our next generation of accomplished attorneys,” added Leslie S. Klinger, co-founding partner of Kopple & Klinger.

Prior to joining Kopple & Klinger, Ryan practiced in the Tax Department of a top Los Angeles based entertainment law firm, and was also a member of the Tax Department at a large international law firm in Washington, D.C. More information on Ryan’s professional experience and background can be found here.

23 01, 2012

Bob Kopple and David Elbaz Speak at 2012 USC Tax Institute

Bob Kopple and David Elbaz were featured speakers at the 2012 USC Tax Institute, and gave a presentation on “Integrating Various Business Succession and Wealth Transfer Planning Techniques.” The presentation focused on transfers to key employees through equity incentive plans and alternatives, buy-sell agreements and other arrangements, as well as transfers to family members through lifetime gifts, bequests, installment sales, sales to “defective trusts,” and GRATs. The presentation also addressed special issues involved with family limited partnerships and LLCs, life insurance, and the interlocking income and estate tax consequences of business succession strategies.

The USC Tax Institute is an annual three day seminar sponsored by the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and is widely-known in the profession as being one of the preeminent annual seminars on tax law. Bob has been a longtime member of the Planning Committee of the Institute.