Power Lawyers 2012
The rare Hollywood litigator who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court (twice!), Kendall in October won a big defense verdict for longtime client Paramount against a financier of best picture Oscar winner No Country for Old Men that claimed it was cheated out of profits that instead went to star Tommy Lee Jones. He’s also repping the studio in a closely watched case filed by the financial backer of the Melrose slate of films, including Transformers, and he’s going toe-to-toe with the estate of author Mario Puzo over the future of Paramount’s Godfather franchise. In May, the former Irell & Manella partner (he left in 2009 to start his current firm) settled on the eve of trial a $1 billion claim against client Electronic Arts by Activision and Call of Duty video game creators Jason West and Vince Zampella.
➻ Worst thing ever said to me: “One Christmas Eve, a disap- pointed bankruptcy counsel said, after I rejected his demand: ‘Someday you will come to me hat in hand, and I will piss in your hat.’ My hat is still dry.”
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