Education

  • Duke University, B.A. (cum laude), 1987
  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1990

With over thirty years of experience as a civil litigator, Mr. Kossoff has developed expertise in numerous areas of law including employment, business, real estate, entertainment, property, personal injury, malpractice, and insurance. He has favorably represented individuals, small businesses, and corporations in both state and federal courts as well as administrative hearings and arbitration proceedings. Mr. Kossoff has successfully appeared before the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Kossoff has been recognized multiple times as a “Super Lawyer” in Southern California and serves as acting general counsel for KWIKH. He is a tireless advocate for his clients and prides himself on a superior level of client communication and attentiveness throughout the litigation process.


Representative Matters

  • Represented insurance broker Keenan & Associates in prosecuting and defending a wide variety of matters, including trade secret and employment claims.
  • Lead counsel for the Estate of Marilyn Monroe in a licensing dispute with the claimant seeking $7 million in damages against the Estate.  After a one-week arbitration in Chicago, the American Arbitration Association panel unanimously awarded a complete defense verdict to the Estate as well as $300,000 in attorneys’ fees.
  • Successfully represented a longtime Bain & Co. employee against her former employer and superior in a number of legal claims, including sexual harassment. The matter settled favorably and confidentially for the client.
  • Represented a longtime Walt Disney and Co. Senior Vice President in a wrongful termination, whistleblower, and retaliation suit.  Mr. Kossoff’s client sued Disney in this high profile, widely publicized case. The case settled favorably and confidentially for the client.
  • Successfully represented Keenan & Associates in a misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract case against former Keenan employees who unlawfully departed the company.
  • Successfully defended business management firm on negligence claims while obtaining insurance coverage with insurer over policy dispute.
  • Successfully defended publishing company in a breach of contract case after the company agreed to sell its magazine and then deal fell apart.  Mr. Kossoff was able to reduce the number of claims, and then favorably settle the matter.
  • Successfully represented individual owners of 417 acres of oil and gas producing land in Los Angeles against several billion-dollar oil companies, including Standard Oil Company (“Standard”) and Chevron U.S.A., Inc. (“Chevron”) after the owners granted the oil companies the right to use their land for oil and gas production.  The grant of rights required the Oil Companies to pay royalties and net profits to the individual owners and also properly account for the amounts they extracted.  An audit revealed substantial irregularities in the Oil Companies’ payment of royalties and accounting.  The case settled confidentially and favorably for the clients.
  • Successfully defended payroll and employee leasing company DHR Services Holdings, LLC after a former employee of a DHR client, sued for wrongful termination and sexual harassment.  The matter was dismissed after Mr. Kossoff field for summary judgment on behalf of his client.
  • Successfully represented the beneficiary of a $20 million estate in an attorney malpractice case.  The attorney prepared a series of trusts without discussing or documenting the trustors’ tax preferences on the gifts bequeathed to the beneficiary.  The beneficiary was burdened with unnecessary and overwhelming taxes.  The matter settled confidentially and favorably for the client.
  • Successfully defended Riptide Entertainment in a suit for trademark infringement, unfair competition, and conversion originating from two licensing agreements initially entered into between Dick Clark Productions (“DCP”) (as Licensor) and Riptide (as Licensee), in which Riptide received broad licensing rights to the television series titled “American Bandstand.” Mr. Kossoff successfully filed motions with the Court and plaintiffs dismissed Riptide from the case.

Practice Areas


Education

  • Duke University, B.A. (cum laude), 1987
  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1990