Robert S.
Kaufman

Family Law



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Robert S. Kaufman

Family Law

Biography

Robert S. Kaufman is an of counsel attorney practicing in Liner’s Family Law Group. Bob’s practice focus is in handling complex, high-asset domestic relation matters, and his cases have also included the division of complex entertainment assets and motion picture financing structures, as well as intellectual property disputes and rights of privacy.

The wealth of experience amassed since launching his legal career in 1964 affords his clients a distinct strategic advantage. Bob has represented clients internationally, including prominent individuals in the business, entertainment and sports communities. His clients include the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Michael Douglas, Neil Armstrong, and Neil Diamond. These cases involved, inter alia, issues such as the valuation of intellectual property rights, complex music industry issues, and celebrity/professional goodwill, as well as valuation issues of foreign and domestic corporations and trusts 

Bob is credited with developing the argument that "celebrity goodwill" can have economic value as a property right, and thus should figure into divorce settlements. He introduced this concept in the Lionel Richie divorce matter, which was the first California trial court decision finding celebrity goodwill to be a property right and also ascribing substantial value to it. Bob once again used the same rights in his representation of Neil Armstrong when Hallmark created an unauthorized Christmas “keepsake” ornament using his voice, name, and likeness for their own commercial advantage. The matter was successfully resolved and avoided litigation.

Over the years, Bob has established long-standing relationships with firms and experts abroad. He has advised on divorce matters in England, Switzerland, and Spain.  He has also represented clients in cases involving French, Swiss, Italian, Spanish and Australian Domestic Relations and corporate claims.

Bob has been successful in litigating as well as negotiating settlements for high-net-worth divorce clients whose cases cross multiple legal fields such as multi-state real estate holdings, white collar crimes, intellectual property, and technology start-ups, as well as mature technology companies and their founders. Bob has also been admitted pro hac vice in the States of Alaska and Hawaii, litigating cases in both jurisdictions over a 15-year period (1979 -1995).

Bob served for 7 years as hearing officer for the State Bar of California.

Education

Southwestern University School of Law (J.D.)

University of California Los Angeles (B.A.)

Speaking Engagements & Publications
  • “Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses,” LACBA - Symposium on Family Law
  • “Executive and Celebrity Goodwill,” California Society of CPAs, Litigation Consulting Conference
  • “Family Law Aspects of the Music Business,” Century City Bar Association, Entertainment Law Conference
  • “Enforceability of Pre-marital Agreements,” Keynote Speaker and Lecturer to the Family Law Bar, The Alaska Bar Association
  • “Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law,” Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich Program sponsored by The Family Law section of the California State Bar
Recognition
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Family Law (2001-2013, 2017)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers (2004-2016)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers – Top 100 (2004, 2006)
  • CA CEO’s "League of Justice" (2007)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, rated AV highest peer review rating for 30+ years
Community
  • Advisory Board of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, a center focusing its efforts on assisting female victims of domestic violence who, at poverty level, cannot afford to bring their divorce proceedings before the courts
  • Board of Trustees, The Autry National Museum of Western Heritage (2007 - 2016)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Advanced Family Law (2000 - 2007)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America

HOBBIES

  • Fly fishing and collecting paintings and bronzes of the American West
Representations

Divorces and various celebrity representations have included: Bob Dylan, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Janet Jackson, Lisa Marie Presley, and Michael Jackson