Once again shareholders Steve Hogan and Kurt Schmalz have been selected by their peers as Southern California “Super Lawyers” for 2018. Hogan was selected in the Estate and Trust Litigation practice area and Schmalz was selected in the Business Litigation practice area. “Super Lawyers” recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The […]
Successfully defended the same Los Angeles law firm and its counsel in arbitration in breach of fiduciary duty action brought by former client in high profile litigation involving well-known media mogul. The arbitration settled shortly before the hearing without any payment by law firm or attorney on client’s breach of fiduciary duty claim and with […]
Shareholder, Kurt L. Schmalz has successfully defended prestigious Los Angeles law firm in malpractice litigation brought by Japanese clients over leasing of Westside restaurant. Obtained dismissal of malpractice and breach of fiduciary claims in arbitration and obtained award of unpaid attorney’s fees and costs for that representation plus a judgment of more than $500,000 in […]
Super Lawyers has recognized shareholder Damien Holcomb as 2018 “Rising Stars”. This is the fifth consecutive year that Holcomb has achieved the “Rising Stars” honor. The “Rising Stars” designation recognizes no more that 2.5 % of attorneys in each state who are 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
Steve Hogan has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only.
In a decision filed on February 2, 2017, Associate Justice Brian M. Hoffstadt of the Second District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin, remanding the case to the Los Angeles Superior Court for an evidentiary hearing. Steven L. Hogan, Payton E. Garofalo and Julian M. Feldbein-Vinderman represented mother […]
Kurt L. Schmalz, a shareholder in the law firm Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin, APC, and a business litigator and trial lawyer with 33 years of experience, has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”).
The “Visitation Bill” which was originally authored by Troy L. Martin and promoted by the Kasem Cares Foundation has been signed into law by the Governors of Wisconsin, Alabama, Virginia, and Louisiana during the 2016 legislative session.
“I was unsure about pursuing litigation to resolve a long-standing dispute with family members over property. Steve Hogan made me comfortable with the decision to move forward, and we won our case. Steve is very personable and was in-tune with the many issues I was facing throughout the process.”
“I confidently refer Trust and Estate litigation matters to Steve Hogan for his specific experience in this area. He skillfully pursues the desired outcome, overcoming the challenge of difficult opponents, is timely, and a great communicator.”
“When a trusted employee embezzled from me and stole trade secrets, Troy Martin kept me sane. He is patient, kind and very knowledgeable. Troy’s exceptionally clear lawsuit was so easy for the jury to follow that we won the case with a seven figure verdict.”
“I seriously like Steve Hogan and refer clients who have Trust and Estate litigation issues to him. Steve gets great results and has a reasonable approach to meeting with clients and billing.”
“I quickly gained confidence in Troy Martin. He listens carefully, is rational in his approach, and thoughtfully explains the calculations behind his communications with the opposing side. Troy achieved our desired outcome by patiently negotiating a settlement, saving us a lot of money in the long run.”
“Steve Hogan is my go-to choice when a client needs a Trusts and Estates litigator. He does a tremendous job representing clients and keeps me informed throughout the process.”
“It is important for us to work with down-to-earth, honest, respectful attorneys. The attorneys at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin are all of those things and more.”
“Kurt Schmalz is one of the best litigators in Southern California. He is intelligent, careful, results-oriented, and practical in his approach. Kurt is a phenomenal choice for any client.”
“I originally met Steve Hogan when we were opposing counsel. We developed a trusting relationship and I confidently refer clients with trusts and estate disputes to Steve.”
“I have spent a lot of time working side-by-side with Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin’s attorneys as an expert witness for their cases. They are fantastic litigators, hardworking and fun to be around.”
“The partners and associates at Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin are amazing attorneys and very down-to-earth. They patiently kept me informed of my options in fighting an employee’s wrongful termination case, and we got a great outcome.”
“Whenever my firm has a conflict, I confidently refer clients to Steve Hogan because he cares as much about them as I do. He is very tenacious and gets great results. Practicing law is not just a job for Steve, it is his passion.”
“Troy Martin is a very diligent attorney. Probate litigation is a complicated process and Troy does a good job of explaining things to my clients, making it much easier for me.”
“When my trust and estate planning clients need a litigator, I refer them Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin. The attorneys are experienced, focused and personable, and reduce my clients’ stress levels. Also, the staff is polite and the environment is highly professional.”
“Over the years, I’ve used a lot of lawyers for different matters. I like Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin’s high quality service. They are quick and professional and provide excellent value for their rates.
“When I need co-counsel in California, I call Kurt Schmalz. He is smart, knowledgeable and very experienced trying cases in the local courts, which is of great value to me and my clients. Kurt takes the time to understand a case and provides insightful input during every step of the process.”
“Extremely valuable real estate divided our family after my father passed away. I needed the best attorney in town, and fortunately was referred to Troy Martin. Troy took a personal interest in my case and patiently pursued a successful settlement strategy rather than high-billing litigation.”
“Troy Martin has successfully resolved real estate and trust litigation for my clients. He is very responsive and strategically considers potential outcomes versus potential costs when planning the best path to pursue.”
“Resolving a complex trust and estate litigation in California from our home in London was challenging. Retaining Steve Hogan to represent us based on a friend’s strong recommendation turned out to be the right decision.”
“Steve Hogan and I have shared a nice reciprocal relationship for over 10 years. He is everything you want in a litigator – innovative, smart, personable and relentless.”
“I call Kurt Schmalz when one of my clients is facing litigation in California. Since he tries a lot of cases, he knows the judges, unique characteristics of various jurisdictions, and the art of picking a jury. He leverages these skills to settle cases when possible, and always is prepared to go to trial if needed.”
“I gained a lot of confidence in Troy Martin from co-litigating a case with him. He is easy to work with and has a great demeanor for handling trust, estate and probate litigation.”
“Kurt Schmalz is a wonderful lawyer. He is meticulous in his legal work and applied his outstanding abilities to win our civil case, write the appeal and then give an extraordinary argument before the court.”