Hueston Hennigan LLP is delighted to announce that leading entertainment and intellectual property attorney Robert Klieger, formerly a name partner at Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP, has joined the firm as a partner. Prior to founding Kendall Brill & Klieger, Mr. Klieger was a partner at Irell & Manella LLP.
The arrival of Mr. Klieger, a prominent litigator who has represented clients such as Paramount Pictures, NBCUniversal, Showtime Networks, Nickelodeon, MTV, Electronic Arts, and Skechers, puts an exclamation point on six months of growth for the firm in terms of its rosters of clients and attorneys.
“We have had an outstanding year so far, and welcoming Rob to the team continues the momentum,” said Managing Partner Brian Hennigan. “The addition of Rob to the partnership bolsters our existing lineup of talent required to meet the needs of our clients.”
Mr. Klieger’s arrival at Hueston Hennigan was greeted with enthusiasm by clients as well as the members of the legal community.
“Rob has been an integral part of the Skechers legal family for nearly a decade,” said Philip G. Paccione, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Business Affairs of Skechers U.S.A., Inc. “He has handled a wide range of sophisticated intellectual property matters for us and has always given Skechers excellent representation and practical advice in a cost-effective manner. We congratulate him in his new position at Hueston Hennigan and look forward to continuing our relationship with him there.”
“Rob is one of our primary go-to litigators for cases big and small,” said Jacob Schatz, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Electronic Arts Inc. “His ability to balance legal and business considerations, practically and efficiently, is truly exceptional.”
Peter Zeughauser, one of the legal industry’s premier consultants, called the move a smart strategic step for the firm.
“Rob Klieger provides Hueston Hennigan with a unique opportunity to expand its already growing penetration of high stakes boardroom-level entertainment industry litigation, which is a sweet spot in Southern California,” said Mr. Zeughauser. “It also fits well with the firm’s strengths in the tech sector, which is rapidly converging with the entertainment sector. This positions the firm extremely well at the geographic epicenter of the convergence.”
Mr. Klieger said he was drawn to Hueston Hennigan because of its outstanding attorneys. “Despite the short time it has been around, Hueston Hennigan has already assembled among the very best talent in the legal community,” Mr. Klieger said. “I was drawn to the skill of the attorneys, the roster of A-list clients and the energy of the firm. I can’t think of any place I would rather practice law.”
Hueston Hennigan opened offices in Los Angeles and Newport Beach in January 2015 with 25 attorneys. The arrival of Mr. Klieger and incoming associates brings the new total to 40.
“Rob Klieger is an extraordinary talent with deep civil litigation experience, particularly in high-stakes entertainment and intellectual property matters,” said Partner John Hueston. “He is the rare established star on a growth trajectory that perfectly fits into our model of creative business trial lawyers who are singularly focused on achieving the best outcomes for our clients.”
In addition to representing movie studios, television networks, production companies and video game publishers in federal and state court actions, Mr. Klieger also has a national business torts practice. Selected as the exclusive winner of the 2014 Client Choice Awards in the Media & Entertainment category for California, as well as the overall winner of the Media & Entertainment category for the United States, he is highly regarded by the judiciary, and his publications have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal courts of appeal.