Kenin Spivak Announces Launch of SML, LLP Website

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Business Leader and Team of All-Star Attorneys Debut Resource for Corporate, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Entertainment, Media and Litigation Services

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"SML LLP...lawyers understand the law as dealmakers and litigators and as providers and consumers of legal services, so our new website will be an outstanding resource" - Kenin Spivak

Renowned business leader and attorney Kenin Spivak and SML LLP, a Beverly Hills-based law firm providing corporate and real estate transactions, entertainment, media, new media, bankruptcy, intellectual property law and litigation services, has launched a new website for the firm, it was announced today by Kenin Spivak, senior partner of SML LLP. The address of the new site is

Drawing on the unparalleled background of business success and leadership of Kenin Spivak, SML LLP’s distinguished team of highly skilled lawyers offers diverse and extensive experience ranging from business formation and transactions, securities, finance, litigation, restructuring and bankruptcy, intellectual property and real estate to the entertainment, media and fashion, financial, manufacturing, technology and energy industries.

“SML LLP is distinguished by lawyers who understand the law as dealmakers and litigators and as providers and consumers of legal services, so our new website will be an outstanding resource for our clients and potential clients to access their legal counsel,” said Kenin Spivak. “Each of our senior attorneys is unmatched in experience, skill, relationships and passion for success for our clients, so the new website will help us communicate that while providing comprehensive information about our attorneys and services.”

Kenin Spivak’s wide-ranging experience as a respected, dynamic and highly experienced business and legal industry leader includes his current position as a Director of the RAND Corporate Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance. He is also chairman of an advertising agency, managing partner of SML Law group, a partner of merchant banking firm Gulf Capital Partners LLC among numerous other activities. As an attorney in federal and state courts throughout the nation, he has served as counsel in litigation pertaining to professional responsibility of lawyers and testified in depositions and in federal court and state court as an expert witness regarding matters of corporate and legal ethics.

Kenin Spivak has been leading the high-profile mass joinder lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of homeowners against Bank of America (BOA) that is potentially the most significant and precedent setting legal action taken against lenders as a result of the national foreclosure crisis. The lawsuit alleges BOA and its subsidiary Countrywide perpetrated a massive fraud, also constituting unfair competition upon borrowers that devastated the values of their residences, resulting in the loss of net worth, and that BOA and Countrywide intended to deprive numerous rights and remedies for the problems they caused the borrowers. The case is Ronald, et al vs. Bank of America (Countrywide), Case No. BC409444. Los Angeles Superior Court.

“We are applying our superior legal acumen and experience to benefit the homeowners who are our clients in the Ronald case, and they can use our new website to keep up with developments in the case and communicate with us,” said Spivak. “Our clients know they are working with the only firm authorized to participate in the Ronald case, which is likely to be a major milestone on behalf of homeowners against the banks as part of the resolution of the mortgage foreclosure crisis. This will strengthen our ability to serve our clients as the Ronald case progresses.”

Spivak has also worked extensively as an investment banker, including work for Merrill Lynch and as a senior officer including chairman, vice chairman, CEO and COO of successful companies including motion picture studio MGM/UA, hair care industry leader John Paul Mitchell Systems, an affiliate of News Corporation Archon Communications, the Milken Family Trust, Knowledge Exchange, wireless technology pioneer Telemac Corporation and news and traffic leader Metro Traffic Networks, among others. He has acquired companies from bankruptcy and lead the organization of a New York Stock Exchange company. Mr. Spivak earned a BA degree from Columbia University and a law degree and MBA from Columbia, each with honors.

According to Spivak, SML LLP partners featured on the new site represent an “all star team” of legal and business leaders. In addition to Spivak, SML LLP’s senior lawyers include:

  •     Theodore Maloney, founding partner of one of Southern California’s pre-eminent business law firms, who also founded a significant technology incubator, and was a partner at Sheppard Mullin, a managing director of investment banking firms and a senior executive and advisor to dozens of emerging growth companies in energy, agriculture, commodity merchanting, financial services, medical devices, and mining,
  •     Steven Maier, former head of prime time business affairs for the ABC Television Network, who was president of New World Entertainment’s New York operations and has produced numerous television and feature films,
  •     Steven J. Peña, former general counsel of Warner Bros.’ online and videogame divisions, who also served as vice president at 20th Century Fox and head of the New Media group at Loeb & Loeb, and,
  •     Edward Lansman, former CEO of an apparel company and former CFO and general counsel of a pioneering technology company, who represents a diverse range of fashion and licensing businesses, including Smashbox Studios, Classic Media and celebrity chefs.

Other attorneys working with the firm include Kartherine Koyanagi, Sepehr “Sep” Melamed, Dennis M. Russell, Christopher Tomaszewski, Bridget Jones and Homy Bazargan.

Clients served by SML include ABC Television Network, Canal+, D.L. Taffner, Fox Home Entertainment, Fox Television Studios, Gaumont Television, Gulf Capital Partners, Henson Associates, John Paul Mitchell Systems, Merrill Lynch & Co., Metro Traffic Networks, National Hot Rod Association, NBC Television Network, NewsCorporation, Premiere Radio Networks, Prometheus Entertainment, Playboy Channel, ROAR, Smashbox Cosmetics, Telemac Corporation, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Western Federal Savings & Loan and Yahoo! The Firm’s individual clients also include actors, writers, producers, directors, on-air hosts, investors, executives and entrepreneurs.

“Our partners possess an invaluable combination of outstanding legal acumen and unique and practical real-world experience that is unique to SML LLP,” Kenin Spivak said. “Our new website will give our clients and potential clients more consistent, efficient access to our partners and our firm.”

Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, SML LLP is a select boutique law firm of highly regarded and experienced attorneys with partners averaging more than 20 years of experience in private practice and as successful senior executives, entrepreneurs or investment bankers. SML LLP lawyers include former chief executive officers, senior investment bankers, chief financial officers, movie and television producers and entrepreneurs who understand the law as dealmakers and as litigators, and have experienced the law as both providers and consumers of legal services. For more information, please visit our website at

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