Company: Robert S. Kaufman, Inc., APC
Location: Pacific Palisades, California, United States
Robert S. Kaufman, Lawyer at Robert S. Kaufman, Inc., APC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in family law.
After achieving his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Kaufman went on to obtain a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Southwestern Law School in 1963. Admitted to the State Bar of California the following year, he officially spearheaded his legal career, having excelled in his focus of family law for more than 55 years. Today, Mr. Kaufman serves as a lawyer through his firm, Robert S. Kaufman, Inc., APC, in which he has represented prominent individuals internationally in the business, entertainment and sports communities. His clients include the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Michael Douglas and Neil Diamond, covering issues such as the valuation of intellectual property rights, complex music industry issues and celebrity/professional goodwill, as well as valuation issues of foreign and domestic corporations and trusts.
In addition to his primary position, Mr. Kaufman has also served as an adjunct professor of family law at Pepperdine University for seven years. Earlier, he was a prosecutor and judicial officer to the State Bar of California. Renowned for his professional prowess, Mr. Kaufman has been AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for 43 consecutive years, as well as named to its Judicial Edition Award. He has also been listed to Super Lawyers from 2004 to 2018 and selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Named a Professional of the Year and Best Family Law Lawyer, Mr. Kaufman has also been named to the Top One Percent of American Professionals, Most Honored Lawyers and Top Attorneys in Southern California. He attributes his success to his dear friend and mentor, Harry M. Fain.
Reflecting on his career trajectory, Mr. Kaufman recalls a highlight was working on a case in Alaska. The case involved a man who was accused of murdering his ex-wife by blowing her up in a car bombing. To this day, the murder remains unsolved. However, the wife’s family attempted to stop the ex-husband from obtaining custody of his son on the grounds that he was an unfit father. On the eve of the day prior to the jury getting the case from the judge, the lawyers for the family of the ex-wife made a late evening call to Mr. Kaufman and made a proposal to settle the case, which included the father obtaining unfettered custody of his son. The next day, the judge ruled in favor of the father. Approximately nine years later, the same man was accused in a ‘murder-for-hire’ case of the ex-wife’s brother, an Alaskan airline pilot.
Looking toward the future, Mr. Kaufman plans to finish writing his book, “Everybody’s Guilty Man,” which is on the true-crime case he worked on in Alaska. A lifetime member of the Continental Who’s Who and Worldwide Who’s Who, Mr. Kaufman presently maintains affiliation with the American Bar Association, California Bar Association and Los Angeles Bar Association. In addition, he currently sits on the board of trustees for the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. In his spare time, he enjoys fly-fishing. Notably, Mr. Kaufman served in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard in 1961.
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