Michael A. Taitelman is a general business litigator, with an emphasis on real estate and employment. Michael has extensive experience handling all aspects of business litigation, and has successfully tried numerous jury and non-jury trials to a successful conclusion. Additionally, Michael has been honored as one of the "Super Lawyer 2010 Top 100".
Michael also provides business counseling services to a variety of clients, ranging from small, entrepreneurial businesses to large publically traded companies. In this capacity, Michael serves as de facto general counsel, assisting emerging and established business with all of their legal needs.
Together with partner Bryan Freedman, Michael founded Freedman & Taitelman, LLP in 1997. Prior to that, Michael was a litigation associate at Alschuler, Grossman & Pines, now Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan, LLP.
Michael is admitted to practice before all courts in California and belongs to the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Michael graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. He received his J.D. in 1991 from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Michael serves on various civic and charitable organizations in the community. Michael is married with two children.
Bryan J. Freedman was selected as one of the most influential entertainment litigators in the country by The Hollywood Reporter in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and in all six years has been named in the Top 100 Power Lawyers list. Additionally, Bryan was recognized as a Southern California "Super Lawyer" in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, a peer-based award reserved only for the top 5% of all lawyers in Southern California. Bryan has been a trial lawyer since 1991 and has extensive experience litigating unique and complex entertainment, real estate, employment and commercial disputes. Bryan's wide ranging experience, including a vast knowledge of asset based judgment collection, allows the client the opportunity to not only successfully litigate a case through trial but also be able to collect assets to satisfy the judgment through both domestic and international mechanisms and resources. Bryan's trial experience includes successfully defending numerous large corporations and achieving multimillion dollar verdicts on behalf of real estate development companies.
Chosen as a Life Member of the Kingston's National Registry of Who's Who and the National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, Bryan was also recognized by his peers as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2004. Bryan's clients include large and small internet-based entertainment companies, motion picture, television and production companies, talent agencies, actors, personal and business management firms, national real estate brokerage companies, real estate development and management companies, national food service distributors, multi-state restaurant companies, banks, financial institutions, and multi-national corporations.
Bryan and his partner, Michael Taitelman (also named a Southern California Super Lawyer and Rising Star) have been friends since their college days at the University of California at Berkeley, and started Freedman & Taitelman, LLP in 1997 to provide the same large firm litigation expertise and aggressiveness along with smaller firm client attention and efficient cost management. Bryan takes an active role in all matters and focuses on effective strategies to help his clients attain their goals.
Bradley H. Kreshek is a litigator whose practice focuses on real estate and general business disputes. Brad has extensive experience drafting pleadings and motions, propounding and responding to discovery and trial preparation. Brad also has experience at the appellate level.
Prior to beginning his career as an attorney, Brad was a project manager for a preeminent real estate development company in Southern California.
Brad graduated from the University of Southern California in 1987 with a degree in Business Administration. Brad received his J.D. in 1997 from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, where he was a member of the law review.
Brian Elliot Turnauer is a general business litigator, with an emphasis on business, real estate, insurance, intellectual property, and entertainment. Brian has extensive experience handling all aspects of general civil litigation, including dispute resolution and jury trials.
Additionally, Brian co-authored an article entitled "Gain A New Perspective On Pre-Trial Practice" which was published and presented at the 2007 National Business Institute Seminar on Bad Faith Insurance Claims In California. He also co-authored the report "U.S. Arms Trade With Turkey Violates Domestic and International Law – Contributing to the Genocide of the Kurds" which was published and presented to the United Nations' Human Rights Commission in 1998. Brian was a contributing writer to the entertainment treatise entitled, "Entertainment Law: Legal Concepts and Business Practices," Second Edition (West Group, 1998) R.C. Lind, P. Acton, T. Selz and M. Simensky.
Prior to joining Freedman & Taitelman, LLP, Brian was a senior litigation associate with the national law firm of Tressler, Soderstrom, Maloney & Priess, LLP. He has served as the Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Network Presence, LLC and Photonovel Publications.
Brian is a member of the California State Bar and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Entertainment and Intellectual Property Committees of the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Bar Associations. Brian is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Ninth Circuit.
Brian graduated cum laude from Drexel University in 1994 where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Communications. He received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1999.
David M. Marmorstein is a litigator emphasizing the areas of business and employment related disputes, with a focus towards employment discrimination related matters and experience in real estate disputes. David has extensive experience in all aspects of pleadings, discovery, depositions, law and motion practice, dispute resolution and trials.
In addition to his experience as a business and employment litigator, David practiced Employment and Labor Law for two years, representing a network of nationwide labor organizations and their union members, as in-house counsel. David has experience, through his involvement with organized labor, litigating various disputes through grievances and arbitrations. David was also involved in his capacity as in-house counsel, with extensive contract negotiations and litigating voting rights before the National Labor Relations Board.
David is a member of the California State Bar, the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Ninth Circuit.
David received his B.S. degree in 1994 from the California State University, Northridge. He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego in 1997. David is married with three sons.
Jesse Kaplan is an experienced litigator whose practice includes general business, commercial, securities, entertainment, intellectual property, real property insurance coverage and internet disputes. Mr. Kaplan has extensive experience handling all aspects of litigation, including jury trials.
Prior to joining Freedman & Taitelman, LLP, Mr. Kaplan practiced law in New York where he represented clients ranging from Fortune 50 corporations, to small technology companies. Mr. Kaplan is admitted to practice in both State and Federal courts in California and New York.
Mr. Kaplan graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1999. He received his J.D. from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2002. He received the First Honors Award in Torts for earning the highest grade in is class for that subject.
Jonathan M. Genish is a general business litigator with emphases in real estate, employment and general business disputes. Jonathan has extensive experience handling all facets of civil litigation, and has successfully tried numerous multimillion dollar matters. Additionally, Jonathan was honored by Super Lawyers as a 2012 Southern California Rising Star.
Jonathan has represented individuals, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, including real estate developers and investors, investment, management and brokerage companies, private equity firms, banks, and entertainment and talent management companies.
Jonathan has been with Freedman & Taitelman in different capacities since 2001, and has also worked in commercial and residential real estate sales, the legal department of New Plan Excel Real Estate Investment Trust, and the real estate firm of Oved & Oved LLP. Jonathan received his Juris Doctorate from Cardozo School of Law in New York City, and a Bachelors of Science with honors in both Real Estate and Finance from California State University of Northridge.
Jordan Susman is a general litigator, with an emphasis on intellectual property and entertainment disputes. He has handled all aspects of civil litigation and arbitration.
Jordan has represented writers, directors, producers, actors, recording artists, talent agencies, management companies, and independent production companies, among other types of clients.
Jordan received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema Arts, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. During law school, Jordan externed for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Sean M. Hardy is general litigator with an emphasis on business, real estate, insurance, intellectual property, and entertainment. Sean has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, including pleadings, discovery, law and motion practice, dispute resolution, and trial preparation.
Sean has represented clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to public companies.
Sean graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California in 2006, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Sean received his J.D. from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2009, and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2009.
While in law school, Sean worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Sean was a staff member on the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal. In 2010, his article, “A Fighting Chance: The Proposed Servicemembers Access to Justice Act & Its Potential Effects on Binding Arbitration Agreements”, was published in the Journal’s spring edition.
September Rea is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on commercial litigation and labor and employment law. Ms. Rea has experience in all stages of civil litigation, including an extensive law and motion practice and jury trial experience. Ms. Rea litigates before State and Federal courts as well as arbitration panels.
Ms. Rea’s commercial litigation practice includes the representation of corporate clients and individuals in a wide variety of civil actions including fiduciary duty and malpractice claims, trade secret actions, real estate litigation, breach of contract matters, and other general business matters.
Ms. Rea’s labor and employment experience includes advising employers on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations including California wage and hour law, employee handbooks and personnel policies, and employment contracts. Ms. Rea also represents corporate clients as well as individuals in civil actions involving wage and hour law, employment discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination claims, and employment-related breaches of contract.
Prior to joining Freedman & Taitelman, LLP, Ms. Rea practiced law in Austin, Texas where she represented corporate clients in complex commercial litigation and labor and employment matters. Ms. Rea is admitted to practice in both State and Federal courts in California and Texas. Ms. Rea obtained her Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law with honors in 2004 and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy summa cum laude from Texas A & M University in 2001.
Ms. Rea has volunteered her time in a variety of pro bono matters, including representing victims of domestic violence in family court matters and acting as a Special Prosecutor for the City of Burbank.
Steven B. Stiglitz is a general business litigator, with an emphasis on business, intellectual property, Internet and entertainment disputes. Steve has extensive experience handling all aspects of general civil litigation and arbitration. Super Lawyers magazine recently recognized Steve a “Rising Star,” which is a designation reserved for only 2.5% of California’s lawyers.
Steve has represented individual clients, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of disputes. His notable accomplishments include:
--Second chairing an arbitration on behalf of United Talent Agency in which the Firm prevailed on a novel issue of law and thereby obtained and collected a judgment for all commissions owed by Director Barry Sonnenfeld in connection with the motion picture MIB III.
--Second chairing a bench trial in a dispute between the owners of a medical marketing business, and obtaining a favorable statement of decision for the Firm’s client.
--Working on the litigation team that obtained a permanent injunction and a $100 million damages verdict for Mattel, which was later reversed on appeal, in a case relating to a former employee's theft of the concept and prototype for Bratz dolls.
Prior to joining Freedman & Taitelman, LLP, Steve was a litigation associate with the national law firms of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP and Blank Rome, LLP, where his clients included Google, The Coca-Cola Company, Teledyne, and Wells Fargo.
Steve is a member of the California State Bar and admitted to practice in all district courts in California.
Steve also serves as a member of the regional board of advisors of Read to a Child (formerly known as EverybodyWins), a national non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged elementary school children with literacy skills.
Steve graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors from Stanford University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Political Science in 1999. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2002 where he served as the Notes Editor for the Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Steve Formaker is a litigator with extensive experience in handling business, commercial, real estate and insurance, and probate disputes. He has conducted numerous jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations. He has also briefed and argued appeals in both federal and state appellate courts.
Steve is admitted to practice before all California courts, the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Steve did his undergraduate work at UCLA, where he earned a B.A. magna cum laude in 1977. He is a 1980 graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). While in law school, he competed in the James Patterson McBaine Moot Court Competition, was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Student-Faculty Committee on Clinical Education, and interned with Judge John Purchio of the Alameda County Superior Court.