Power Lawyers 2011
Introduced in 1978 by late agent Leonard Hanzer, Ziffren and Brittenham, then at separate law firms, went on to create the blueprint for the Hollywood 5 percent talent law firm. In the process, they redefined dealmaking in the 1980s, a trend that continues at Ziffren Brittenham, long considered the town's pre-eminent firm. "Skip always makes fun of what I was wearing," the buttoned-down Ziffren says of that first lunch at an Italian restaurant with his future partner. Agrees Brittenham, married to actress Heather Thomas: "He's very conservative and I'm not. If we were the same, I don't think the partnership would have been as successful."