Michael J. Kump

Michael J. Kump


Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley LLP

Recognized since 2012

Santa Monica, California

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Intellectual Property
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Michael Kump is a problem solver who fights tenaciously to protect his clients’ valuable intellectual property and contractual rights. Representing plaintiffs and defendants in a broad and sophisticated litigation practice for over thirty-five years, Mr. Kump has extensive experience and success inside and outside the courtroom in all aspects of intellectual property, entertainment, contract, trade secrets, and antitrust litigation. He represents a wide array of corporate and individual clients, including Starz Entertainment LLC, MRC (Media Rights Capital), William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment, the Kardashian and Jenner sisters, USI Holdings Corporation, Whalerock Industries, Skydance Media LLC, Michael Keaton, Seth MacFarlane and Shaquille O’Neal.

Mr. Kump was selected to the “2016 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America,” an honor also bestowed upon him in 2011. Mr. Kump was named in 2017, 2016 and 2015 to the two most prestigious lists of leading lawyers in the media and entertainment industry: “The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Power Lawyers” and “Variety’s Legal Impact Report.” He has also been recognized in 2017, 2016 and 2015 by Chambers USA in the field of Media & Entertainment Litigation, considered the most prestigious rankings in the legal profession due to their rigorous peer-review process. The Daily Journal, the leading legal newspaper in California, named Mr. Kump to its prestigious list of the 50 Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California for 2017, and also recognized his trial victory on behalf of his client Jamie McCourt, in “Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Impact 2010.” Mr. Kump is a perennial selection in U.S. News & World Report’s The Best Lawyers in America and Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers magazine.

Location

  • 808 Wilshire Boulevard, Third Floor
    Santa Monica, CA 90401

Education

  • Grinnell College, BA, graduated 1974

Bar Admissions

  • California, The State Bar of California

Affiliations

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Board of Governors (2002-2007)

Court Admissions

  • United States District Courts of Arizona, California, Colorado, and Northern Illinois
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the Second Circuit, the Seventh Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Intellectual Property

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Intellectual Property, Los Angeles (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
  • Commercial Litigation

Special Focus

  • Contract
  • Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trade Secrets

Awards:

  • Super Lawyer, 2006-2011
  • 2011 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 in California
  • Mr. Kump was named in 2017, 2016 and 2015 to the two most prestigious lists of leading lawyers in the entertainment industry: The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 100 Power Lawyers” and Variety’s “Legal Impact Re
  • Mr. Kump was named in 2017, 2016 and 2015 to the two most prestigious lists of leading lawyers in the entertainment industry: The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 100 Power Lawyers” and Variety’s “Legal Impact Re
  • Mr. Kump was recognized by Chambers USA in 2017, 2016, and 2015 in the field of Media & Entertainment Litigation. Chambers & Partners annually publishes the leading directories of the legal profession. Their ranking
  • Mr. Kump was recognized by Chambers USA in 2017, 2016, and 2015 in the field of Media & Entertainment Litigation. Chambers & Partners annually publishes the leading directories of the legal profession. Their ranking

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