4:44am PT by Matthew Belloni
Ken Kleinberg Honored as Entertainment Lawyer of the Year
Nice to see a big turnout on Wednesday night for the Beverly Hills Bar Assn's annual entertainment lawyer of the year dinner, this time honoring Ken Kleinberg.
Kleinberg, founding partner of LA's Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy & Klein, has been a top Hollywood deal lawyer for more than four decades, guiding the careers of some of the biggest names in town, especially in the music business. We've included him several times on our annual Power Lawyers list of the country's top entertainment lawyers. And, perhaps more impressive, he's also a good guy, always returning our phonecalls and offering his insight, even when he can't talk about the specifics of a client's deal.
Kleinberg clients that showed up at the Beverly Hills Hotel dinner included Natalie Cole, Peter Cetera and members of the band Chicago. More tellingly, many of the attendees at the event were other showbiz lawyers, a testament to Kleinberg's deep connections and the fact that people actually like making deals with him.
We stopped by his table to ask what he thought of the evening. "As someone once told me, it's better to be honored than dishonored," Kleinberg told us. Very true.