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.