Yasmine O. Abdel-Aal

Yasmine O. Abdel-Aal is of counsel to the firm and a principal of Markah Legal. She focuses on copyright, trademark and transactional entertainment law. She has been named to the 2015 and 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, which recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California, and was accorded the Outstanding Young Alumni award by Whittier Law School in 2013. Previously, Yasmine relocated to Doha, Qatar where she was in-house counsel for the Qatar Foundation, an umbrella organization of over forty centers, divisions and projects at one of the largest foundations in the world. She subsequently… read more

Peter L. Kaufman

Peter Kaufman practices law in Los Angeles, California with a focus on the finance, production and distribution of film, television, music, and digital (internet-based) media. He received the highest ratings from Martindale-Hubbell as an AV-Rated Preeminent lawyer and Avvo as a Superb lawyer; and been named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, an honor reserved for just 5% of the lawyers in the state. In addition to being an arbitrator for the Independent Film and Television Alliance and the American Arbitration Association, Peter Kaufman is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Producers Guild of America. He is the former… read more

Jerome J. Sussman

Prior to starting his own practice and becoming a principal of Kaufman Entertainment Law Group, Jerome J. Sussman was Vice President for Distribution and Marketing Legal Affairs for Twentieth Century-Fox where he was responsible for all legal issues encountered by Fox in its world-wide distribution activities.  While at Fox, Mr. Sussman was primarily involved in the acquisition of completed motion pictures and negative pick-ups on a single-picture and an output basis for films in production or to be produced. These transactions frequently entailed outside financing for the producer from banks or investors, third party completion guarantees and the involvement of… read more

Larry Verbit

Larry Verbit is of counsel to the firm and a principal of The Law Offices of Larry Verbit.  He has over twenty-five years of combined corporate management and legal experience in the entertainment and media business. His legal skills have been recognized by his peers as he has been named a Super Lawyer in entertainment law in 2016. Larry Verbit was previously an attorney with the firm Heenan Blaikie and its successor firms, Berkowitz Black & Zolke and Berkowitz & Black.  The firm was affiliated with Heenan Blaikie, Canada, which is one of Canada’s largest law firms.  Mr. Verbit has… read more