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Recovering Klimt

Randol Schoenberg's perfect (12-tone) legal ear shepherds a $300 million win

On Feb. 25, 2004, 37-year-old Randol Schoenberg prepared to do what every attorney dreams of doing. He was about to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.   In the hallowed chamber, Chief Justice Rehnquist and his eight associates peered down from their curved dais. “You’re so close that when I was sitting down and taking notes, I couldn’t even see the faces,” says Schoenberg. As his opponent spoke, Schoenberg rehearsed the four points of his opening statement one last time in his …

Stein Brings Down the Studios

Why would one man be foolish enough to take on the major Hollywood studios?

In 1999, when actor David Duchovny filed a highly publicized lawsuit against 20th Century Fox, it was the shot heard ’round the entertainment world. War had officially been declared.   Duchovny merely wanted what he believed to be his fair share of the profits from the hit TV show The X-Files. Fox, the suit alleged, had conspired to rob Duchovny of royalty fees by licensing reruns of the series to appear on Fox’s broadcast and cable networks for less money than it could have fetched on the …

Why Brad Small Just Loves Desperate Housewives

The small screen? Small’s screen

Last year during a sports event at the Staples Center, Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer Brad Small fielded a discomfiting request. One of his clients, a star pro athlete, needed a limousine ride to the airport after the game — and he wanted Small to arrange it.   Even within the intimate confines of modern entertainment law — in which attorneys have virtually become consiglieri, helping stars ink television and movie deals, sign advertising gigs, open restaurants, hire bodyguards and buy …

Unbelievable Batting Averages

Three L.A. lawyers who can’t seem to lose

YOU’LL NOT SEE NOTHING LIKE THE MIGHTY QUINN John Quinn runs a business litigation powerhouse with a 92 percent success rate   In his modest-sized Los Angeles law office, John B. Quinn is wearing jeans and a T-shirt that advertises a bicycle store. As he answers a reporter’s questions, he puts his feet up on his desk and fiddles with Scotch tape. A fit and trim 53-year-old, he could easily pass for a dot-com entrepreneur rather than the co-founder of a business litigation powerhouse with …

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