Michael J. Kump - Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

Michael J. Kump

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 310-566-9855

Michael Kump is a problem solver who fights tenaciously for his clients in order to protect their valuable intellectual property and contractual rights. Representing plaintiffs and defendants in a broad and sophisticated litigation practice for thirty years, Mr. Kump has extensive experience and success inside and outside the courtroom in all aspects of intellectual property, contract, entertainment, trade secrets and antitrust litigation.

Grinnell CollegeBA 1974University of MichiganPh.D. 1979University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. 1981
Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Case History

Jamie McCourt vs. Frank McCourt (Case No. BD 514309) — Mr. Kump represented Jamie McCourt in her marital dissolution action filed on October 27, 2009 in Los Angeles County Superior Court (Case No. BD 514309). Jamie and Frank McCourt in February 2004 became owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Jamie became the highest ranking woman in Major League Baseball. When the couple seperated in 2009, Mr. McCourt took the position that he was the sole owner of the Dodgers based upon a marital property agreement signed by the couple in March 2004. Mr. Kump and Jamie's legal team asserted that the marital property agreement was invalid and unenforceable. After an eleven-day trial, the Honorable Scott M. Gordon on December 7, 2010 issued a 100-page Statement of Decision ruling in favor of Mr. Kump's client and finding that the marital property agreement was invalid and unenforceable. Mr. Kump's achievements in the McCourt trial were recognized by the Daily Journal, the leading legal newspaper in California, in "Top Plaintiffs' Verdicts by Impact 2010."
Revenue Resource Group vs Dash Dolls (Case No. 11CECG00058) — Mr. Kump represented the Kardashian sisters (Kim, Khloe and Kourtney) and their mother (Kris Jenner) in an action filed in 2011 in Fresno County Superior Court (Case No. 11CECG00058). The Kardashians had signed a contract with a company that specialized in debit card programs to endorse a debit card. When the card launched, it was publicly criticized because of the financial fees built into the card. After the Kardashians terminated the contract, the company sued seeking $75 million for breach of contract. Mr. Kump filed an anti-SLAPP motion to have the complaint dismissed on the ground the debit card company was attempting to hold the Kardashians liable for exercising their right of free speech on a matter of public interest. The trial court agreed and granted the motion filed by Mr. Kump.   
Starz Entertainment vs. Buena Vista Television (Case No. CV 07-01895 VBF) — Mr. Kump filed an action in federal court on behalf of Starz when a Disney subsidiary began permitting Internet services, including Apple's iTunes, to sell Disney Pictures that had been exclusively licensed to Starz. The court granted Starz's motion for partial summary judgment interpreting the parties' license agreement in favor of Starz. The action was resolved on the eve of trial.
USI Holdings Trade Secret Litigation — Over the past decade, Mr. Kump has served as West Coast litigation counsel for USI -- a diversified insurance and financial services firm that is the eighth largest insurance brokerage firm in the United States -- in numerous misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition actions filed throughout California against insurance producers who left to join competing firms. Mr. Kump moved quickly to obtain injunctive relief to protect USI's trade secrets, which resulted in the actions being resolved on terms favorable to USI.

Office Location

808 Wilshire Boulevard, Third Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Contract, Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets)
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television

Other Information

Gender: Male