Mr. Kaufman has earned a laudable reputation for his knowledge of family law and the handling of complex, high-asset domestic relations matters on a national and international level.
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA, October 26, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Robert S. Kaufman has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Mr. Kaufman completed undergraduate coursework in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He subsequently obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Southwestern Law School in 1963. Following the conclusion of his formal legal education, Mr. Kaufman chose to focus on the field of family law.
In the course of his early career, Mr. Kaufman served as an associate with law firms in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. He was referred numerous divorce cases from the top attorney in Beverly Hills, Harry M. Fain, and soon became a partner in the Fain firm. He started working for well-known people and, as a result, became well known himself. In particular, Mr. Kaufman is known for thinking outside the box!
One legacy case involved Mr. Kaufman’s representation of Lionel Richie’s wife in which Mr. Kaufman created the principal of economic goodwill of an individual, a community property right established for the first time in California. A second legacy case was not a family law case but, instead, involved Mr. Kaufman representing Neil Armstrong. Hallmark had created an ornament of the astronaut in name, likeness and voice without permission from NASA or Mr. Armstrong (see article in the Wall Street Journal, “Neil Armstrong Sends Greetings to Hallmark,” December 4, 1995). Using the goodwill arguments from the Richie case, Mr. Kaufman achieved a settlement with Hallmark, the funds from which were donated by Mr. Armstrong to his alma mater, Purdue University’s School of Engineering. The venue of a third legacy case was the state of Hawaii. Mr. Kaufman argued the case of Myers v. Myers, 70 Haw. 143 (Haw.1988), before the Hawaii Supreme Court and, as a result, the division of property laws of the state were changed. The case related to the division and valuation of a complex real estate option.
Mr. Kaufman has earned a laudable reputation for his knowledge of family law and the handling of complex, high-asset domestic relations matters on a national and international level. Most notably, Mr. Kaufman has represented Rupert Murdoch, Michael Douglas, Bob Dylan as well as members of the Jackson family. One of Mr. Kaufman’s highlights was a case in Alaska involving 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. Then, 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. Then, 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. Mr. Kaufman is currently writing a book about his involvement in these two cases.
Regarding his qualifications, Mr. Kaufman is a member of the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association and the Los Angeles Bar Association. He was also a former member of the United States Air National Guard serving time on active duty during the Bay of Pigs crisis. For seven years, Mr. Kaufman served as an Adjunct Professor of Advanced Family Law at Pepperdine University. Furthermore, Mr. Kaufman has volunteered his time as a Prosecutor and Judicial Officer for the State Bar of California and as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, CA. When not practicing law, Mr. Kaufman’s avocations include fly-fishing and collecting Western paintings and bronzes.
As a testament to his efforts, Mr. Kaufman has been designated as a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney for 43 years, a Top Attorney in Southern California and a Lifetime Member of Continental Who’s Who, as well as Worldwide Who’s Who among others. Moreover, he was bestowed with the Judicial Edition of the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Award. He attributes his success to hard work, dedication, preparedness and compassion for his clients.
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