BRIAN PASS, 45
FIRM: Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
LAW SCHOOL: UCLA
CLIENTS: Yahoo, Freedom Communications, Louis Vuitton, Kosmix.com, Sony Pictures Entertainment
YEARS IN PRACTICE: 18
Reason I’m a Lawyer: Because I couldn’t commit to an acting career and I couldn’t get a job as an advertising copywriter.
Most Challenging Case: Early in my career, visiting a pro bono death penalty client at San Quentin; we won a complete reversal of the client’s conviction.
Best Career Moment: Representing Yahoo in its agreement with Microsoft.
Worst: Shutting down my startup company during the Web 1.0 bust.
If I Weren’t an Attorney: I would be a bike shop owner.
My Colleagues Don’t Know: I did voiceovers as a kid for the movie “The Chosen.”
HOWARD WEITZMAN, 69
FIRM: Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
LAW SCHOOL: USC Gould School of Law
CLIENTS: Michael Jackson Estate, Sharon Osbourne, Ivan Reitman, Rande Gerber, among others
YEARS IN PRACTICE: 43
Reason I’m a Lawyer: To help solve people’s problems.
Most Challenging Cases: The John Z. DeLorean case and the current Michael Jackson estate case.
If I Weren’t an Attorney: I would be an actor. Which is what I do now.
My Colleagues Don’t Know: That I’ve run 27 marathons.
Bucket List: Running 10 more marathons in cities with great food and wine.
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Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor LLP
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