Los Angeles, July 2015 –Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP, formerly Kendall Brill & Klieger, announced today that partner Phil Kelly has been elevated to name partner. Robert Klieger is leaving the firm to join Hueston Hennigan LLP.
Managing Partner Richard Kendall said, “Phil Kelly is a lawyer of uncommon skill and character. From the moment we founded the firm, he has been integral to its success. When I shared with clients that we would be making Phil a name partner, their applause was thundering. We could not be prouder to see one of our own develop such an outstanding reputation in the six years since he helped to found our firm. I also want to thank Rob Klieger for all his past contributions to the firm’s success. We are confident that Rob’s future endeavors will bring credit to his new firm as he has to ours.”
“I’m honored to be a name partner at Kendall Brill & Kelly, a firm recognized as one of the finest litigation boutique law firms in the country. The firm’s outstanding litigation results and expertise in sophisticated media/IP/technology issues will continue to make KBK an important and attractive resource for existing and new clients,” says Phil Kelly. “I join Dick Kendall and everyone at the firm in wishing our friend and colleague Rob Klieger continued success and happiness in his new adventure.”
Rebecca Prentice, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Paramount Pictures, said “I am delighted that Phil's contributions to the firm and his clients are being recognized. We call on him time after time on our most significant and complicated issues. He brings valuable expertise, good judgment and remains unflappable under the most difficult circumstances.”
David Burg, Senior Vice President, Litigation at NBCUniversal said, “This is a well-deserved recognition of Phil’s immense value to Kendall Brill & Kelly and its clients. I first met Phil and Dick Kendall as opposing counsel in a challenging case, and was immediately impressed with their professionalism, depth of knowledge, and tenacious advocacy. As a result of that experience, Universal has hired Phil and KBK to represent us in a number of important matters. Phil invariably drills down and masters critically important details of complex cases, he communicates effectively and succinctly with clients, opposing parties, and judges, he has a deep understanding of the legal issues we face, and he provides us with straightforward and invaluable strategic advice. I’ve truly enjoyed working with Phil, and he and KBK continue to do outstanding legal work for Universal.”
Phil Kelly has been with the firm since its inception in 2009, and became a partner in 2011. He represents and advises leading motion picture studios, broadcast and cable television networks, production companies, sports and talent agencies, as well as a wide variety of other leading companies in non-entertainment litigation matters. He has played a key role in various courtroom victories and significant settlements for KBK’s clients, including terrific results for NBCUniversal in a variety of disputes related to film and television financing, distribution, and accounting, and the recent trial victory for client Paramount Pictures in a hotly-contested film-financing dispute in the Southern District of New York last October.
Kendall Brill & Kelly has grown substantially in the six years since its founding. In the past year, Kendall Brill & Kelly has added a number of eminent lawyers to its ranks, including two new partners and three of counsel, as the firm expands its white collar defense practice and its representation of the nation’s leading law firms when they are drawn as defendants into litigations or arbitrations. The firm’s entertainment litigation practice continues to grow every year, as clients respond to trial victories and extraordinarily favorable settlements.
About Kendall Brill & Kelly:
Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP is a Los Angeles-based litigation boutique. Founded in 2009, KBK seeks to merge the tools of contemporary advocacy with the values that defined law firms of an earlier era. Clients receive the highest quality representation and continuity of counsel from a collaborative and efficient team of attorneys who take pride in the practice of law.
KBK attorneys are known for their precedent-setting advocacy in complex litigation, ranging from entertainment and media industry disputes to challenges in intellectual property, environmental and constitutional law, and appear regularly before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal and state appellate and trial courts, and mediation and arbitration venues worldwide.