We are proud of the diversity and energy of our lawyers in their professional and personal lives. Our collegial and unique firm environment is reflected by the longevity of our professional and support staff.
Our lawyers value each other’s expertise, camaraderie, and being part of a firm that provides stimulating work for sophisticated clientele.
Our people include award winning legal advisers, published authors, as well as preeminent lawyers renowned for their areas of expertise and industries.
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Robert Barnes, through his professional corporation, has been a partner of the firm since 1999 and heads the firm’s litigation practice. Robert also serves as the firm’s General Counsel.
Robert utilizes the skills and experience he has gained in almost 40 years of a broad-based business litigation practice to offer his clients the strategic counseling, risk analysis, and dispute resolution techniques necessary to address and efficiently solve complex business problems. Robert also consults on many transactional documents and matters with particular emphasis on reducing potential exposure to claims by using clear, unambiguous language and providing appropriate insurance and indemnity protections.
Robert’s in-depth experience on behalf of a broad cross-section of individual and corporate clients includes trials and appeals in state and federal courts, arbitrations before national and international tribunals, hearings before administrative agencies, private mediations designed to give the parties a voice in the outcome of their dispute, preparation of employment documents and negotiation of employment contracts. His practice has included the successful resolution of disputes between business owners, such as partners or shareholders of closely held corporations; business disputes, such as contract, interference, collection, trade secret and unfair competition claims; sexual harassment, wrongful discharge and other disputes between employers and employees; net profit and contract claims in the entertainment industry; disputes arising in the course of business bankruptcies; and a broad array of disputes that arise out of the sale, acquisition, development and leasing of real estate. Robert also offers his clients day-to-day pre-dispute strategic counseling and advice regarding risk analysis and insurance matters.
Robert honed his skills during a 16-year span with Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP in Century City, where he was an equity partner. He has participated in local bar activities and seminars and served as a small claims court judge.
Michael Baum, through his professional corporation, is Of Counsel to the firm. Michael brings over 40 years of experience to RPB.
Michael specializes in corporate and business litigation, and has developed a reputation as one of the premier lawyers in the Fashion and Apparel Industry. His clients include fabric mills, printers, converters, importers, designers, manufacturers, factors, and national retail chains. Because of his expertise with both litigation and transactional issues unique to the fashion and apparel industry, Michael has been able to provide valuable guidance to both start-ups as well as established entities in all phases of their operations.
Michael’s practice also includes intellectual property disputes involving copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, corporate and partnership control disputes, and commercial obligations.
Michael is a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Remedies Section and has particular experience in the use of provisional remedies including attachments and injunctions which, when available, often allow a client to achieve its litigation goals in an expeditious and economical manner.
Sheldon Berger, through his professional corporation, is Of Counsel and one of the founders of the firm.
Sheldon specializes in real estate law, including acquisitions, sales, private placement and syndication, construction transactions, joint ventures, financing, leasing and subdivision. He has expertise with respect to development, financing, leasing, operation, acquisition and disposition of mobile home parks, office buildings, apartment complexes, subsidized housing and shopping centers. In addition, Sheldon has represented a number of other business enterprises in their organization and general corporate matters, including acquisitions, sales and mergers.
Sheldon has been a lecturer for the California Continuing Education of the Bar on current developments in real property law, with emphasis on financing, sales and tax issues. He is the author of the California summary in a 50-state compendium of mechanics’ lien laws, and the co-author of the real estate section of Eighteen Chapters on American Law, a Taiwanese publication.
Marguerite E. Cascio has been a legal assistant with the firm since its formation in 1980.
Marguerite specializes in the areas of general corporate, partnership and securities laws, and has substantial expertise in federal and 50-state compliance and reporting requirements for both public and private securities offerings. Prior to the formation of the firm in 1980, Marguerite was a legal assistant with its predecessor.
Jason Farber is Senior Counsel at the firm, specializing in federal and state taxation matters, as well as general and advanced estate planning.
Jason represents for-profit entities and individuals regarding general business and tax matters. Jason’s experience covers all areas of business operations – from formation to dissolution. In addition, he has an extensive background in assisting clients with property tax issues and 1031 exchanges. Jason’s experience also includes establishing and representing tax-exempt organizations, associations, and business leagues, as well as the tax aspects of charitable donations to such organizations. Jason also handles traditional estate planning matters, such as living trusts, wills and health care documents, as well as advanced planning such as charitable trusts, family limited partnerships and inter-family sales of businesses and real estate.
Jason received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Loyola Law School and a LL.M. in taxation from New York University. He is admitted to practice in California and New York, and is a member of the California bar association.
Richard S. (“Rick”) Friedman is Of Counsel to the firm. For 25 years prior to joining the firm, he was a Senior Real Estate Partner and Chair of the West Coast Real Estate Practice Group for a prominent Wall Street-based international law firm.
Rick specializes in commercial real estate transactions, with particular emphasis on shopping center, hotel/casino, multi-family, office and mixed-use development, acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, financing, joint ventures (including partnerships and limited liability companies), syndications, cross-border transactions, work-outs and restructurings. His restructuring work includes the repositioning and recapitalization of outdated and/or underperforming commercial real estate projects. His clients include developers and operators, lenders and borrowers, landlords and tenants, institutional and private investors, retail chains and Indian tribes. In addition to conventional real estate projects, Mr. Friedman advises both tribal and non-tribal clients in connection with the development, leasing and financing of Native American casinos and commercial projects in American Indian Country and the participation by American Indian tribes in off-reservation commercial investments.
Rick has been ranked in Chambers USA as one of the leading real estate lawyers in the United States. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers U.S. Law Conference Program Committee and has been a frequent lecturer at ICSC U.S. Law Conferences, the ICSC California Retail Leasing Symposium and the ICSC University of Shopping Centers, at ALI-ABA, CEB and MUFSO real estate programs and at Native American Finance Conferences and Tribal Wealth Management Conferences. His presentations at the ICSC U.S. Law Conferences have covered a wide variety of commercial real estate-related topics, with particular emphasis on leasing, purchase and sale agreements, and financing.
David Gitman, through his professional corporation, is a partner of the firm, and has been advising clients with respect to various aspects of transactional law for more than 40 years.
David specializes in taxation in connection with many types of transactions. A substantial portion of David’s practice involves the federal income tax aspects of many different types of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, private placements and syndications, joint ventures, financing and development. Most of the business transactions David handles involve partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations and certain other entities, with which David has extensive experience regarding both the tax and non-tax aspects, and in connection with formation, operations and dissolution.
David’s experience with real estate transactions includes planning, advising and structuring with respect to tax-free exchanges, involuntary conversions and other nontaxable transactions. Many of the tax-free exchanges are for entities having owners with different objectives for which sophisticated planning is necessary. In those situations, David counsels clients regarding the available alternatives and assists them in choosing an approach designed to balance practical considerations with tax efficiency.
In addition, David’s practice includes planning, advising and structuring with respect to the California property tax aspects of real estate transactions. In this regard, he addresses issues and planning needs that arise not only in connection with transfers of real property itself, but also in connection with transfers of interests in entities which own real property. David’s property tax experience also includes addressing issues with the County Assessor following a disputed reassessment.
David spent many years working on transactions involving the federal low-income housing tax credit program and the federal historic tax credit program. He currently advises and works on transactions intended to take advantage of the recently-enacted federal opportunity zone rules.
Andrew V. Jablon, a partner through his professional corporation at Resch Polster & Berger, has represented a wide array of clients for over twenty years.
Andrew specializes in complex business litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property matters and contractual disputes. He has developed an expertise in copyright and trademark law, as well as in the legal issues facing fashion and apparel clients. Andrew has represented individuals and entities at all levels in the apparel industry.
Andrew has also represented high-profile clients in the entertainment and sports industries. In addition, with a background and keen interest in technology, Andrew is also able to apply his technical skills to complex technology matters.
Andrew’s clients view him as a trusted advisor upon whom they can rely to tackle issues with thoughtful, creative and successful solutions to high-profile issues. He has a track record for resolving difficult cases in favor of his clients and for obtaining seven-figure settlements.
His experience working with high net worth individuals, as well as businesses of all shapes and sizes, enables him to quickly analyze a client’s problem and develop an aggressive, yet cost-effective litigation strategy. Additionally, as an experienced litigator, Andrew is able to identify issues and provide counseling to clients to help them avoid becoming embroiled in future litigation.
Sandra Khalili is a partner of the firm and has been successfully resolving disputes for over 20 years, both in and out of the courtroom.
Sandra’s practice is focused on general civil litigation. She is particularly adept at advising clients on employment matters as well as complex contractual, real estate, partnership and corporate disputes. Clients appreciate her responsiveness, attention to detail and ability to translate technical issues into everyday language. While Sandra is aggressive in representing her clients’ best interests, she treats every client with the utmost respect and discretion.
Sandra has extensive experience in a broad range of business litigation practice areas, including representation of high net worth corporate and individual clients. She is well versed in the complexities involved in doing business in California, across the United States, as well as abroad.
Sandra has substantial expertise in provisional remedies, including pre-judgement attachments. Sandra also uses her skill and expertise in providing clients with pre-litigation counseling, and effectively participating in alternative dispute resolution to solve disputes efficiently and economically. She has a track record for obtaining dismissals, settling complex disputes and for securing seven-figure settlements on behalf of her clients.
Sandra is experienced in working with clients in the fashion, health care, insurance, real estate, transportation and manufacturing industries. Her extensive litigation background enables her to identify and mitigate issues early on, resolving disputes and protecting resources through proactive and strategic planning.
Stacey Knox is an associate in the firm, who specializes in civil litigation and dispute resolution, including commercial disputes, intellectual property, finance, and real estate. He works extensively in both state and federal court, and has represented clients through all phases of dispute resolution, including trials, arbitrations, and mediations. He has briefed and argued multiple matters before the California Court of Appeals.
Prior to joining the firm, Stacey began his career in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis, and he spent years practicing in the litigation departments of Winston & Strawn, where he represented Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical, energy and insurance industries, and of Finestone & Richter (now Blank Rome), where he represented regional companies and high net worth individuals.
Stacey received a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he served as Senior Articles Editor of the African-American Law and Policy Report. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from UCLA. Stacey is admitted to the California State Bar and the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California. He has been recognized for work with the Central District Pro Bono Panel in representing civil rights litigants and remains active in the community.
Edward Levine is Of Counsel to the firm, and has been helping clients achieve their estate planning and wealth transfer objectives for over 40 years.
Ed’s practice emphasizes sophisticated estate planning relating to trusts, estates, conservatorships, guardianships, non-profit tax-exempt organizations and estate and gift taxation. Ed is experienced in creating and implementing a wide variety of estate planning structures, including: generation-skipping transfer trusts; grantor retained annuity trusts; qualified personal residence trusts; family limited partnerships; life insurance trusts; private foundations; charitable lead trusts; charitable remainder trusts; qualified domestic trusts for non-citizen spouses; and special needs trusts.
Ed received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, after spending his last year of studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ed received his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law (magna cum laude). Ed is a member of Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, and is admitted to the State Bar of California.
Lee M. Polster, through his professional corporation, is Of Counsel to the firm and one of its founding members.
Lee has represented promoters, institutional and accredited investors, and other principals in connection with real estate investments, including the organization, syndication, operation, refinancing, and sale of various types of real estate projects. Lee has extensive experience in advising clients regarding multifamily properties (both conventionally financed and government-assisted), mixed-use retail and residential projects, shopping centers, and hospitality properties. He has counseled them regarding the structuring and financing of joint ventures, limited liability companies, partnerships, corporations, and private real estate investment trusts.
Lee has served as an expert witness on real estate investment issues, and has lectured before the Los Angeles County Bar Association, real estate and mortgage loan brokers’ groups, the California Association of Independent Broker-Dealers, Inc., and other organizations and associations. He has taught syndication and partnership law, plus corporate law, courses at Southwestern Law School.
Lee received his undergraduate education from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School of Finance), and his Juris Doctor from Southwestern University (magna cum laude), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Lee is admitted to the State Bar of California, and is a member of the Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations.
Jeffrey Rabin is a partner of the firm and has been expertly representing clients in transactional and real estate matters for over 35 years.
Jeff practices primarily in representing parties to commercial real property and general business transactions, including major multi-family residential properties, purchase and sale agreements, easements, loan documents, partnership agreements and limited liability company operating agreements, retail, office, and industrial building leases, agreements among tenants-in-common, architects agreements and construction contracts.
By having served as borrower’s counsel, bond counsel and disclosure counsel in numerous tax-exempt multi-family housing bond transactions, Jeff has developed special expertise in the field of multi-family housing, including low income housing tax credit transactions. In addition, he has extensive experience representing cities, redevelopment agencies, and other public entities in a wide variety of real estate and business transactions. He has drafted and negotiated many disposition and development agreements, owner participation agreements, and other tax increment financing agreements for a wide variety of real estate developments.
Jeff has served on the board of directors and as an officer of several nonprofit corporations affiliated with the Los Angeles Jewish community, and is an alumnus of the Wexner Heritage program. Currently, Jeff is a member of the Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations, and is admitted to the State Bar of California.
Nicolas Ramniceanu is a partner of the firm and has been skillfully guiding clients through the nuances of transactional law for over 30 years.
Nick specializes in real estate law, with an emphasis on joint ventures and partnerships, syndications, development projects, sales, acquisitions, financings and leasing work. In addition, he represents other non-real estate business enterprises in their organization and general corporate matters, including joint ventures, sales, acquisitions and financings.
Nick received his undergraduate education from Amherst College (Phi Beta Kappa), and his Juris Doctor from Stanford University. He is a member of the Los Angeles County and the Beverly Hills Bar Associations, and is admitted to the State Bar of California.
Nick is the co-author of “Dealing With the Unexpected: Marital Dissolution or the Business Break-up,” Third Annual Institute on Advanced Tax Planning for Real Property Transactions (CEB, 1985) and the author of “From Pro-Growth to No-Growth: Mountain View, California, from 1968 to 1980,” Stanford Environmental Law Annual, Volume Four, pp. 50-67 (1982).
Ronald Resch, through his professional corporation, is a partner and one of the three founders of the firm. Ron brings more than 30 years of real estate experience to Resch Polster & Berger LLP.
Ron’s main area of expertise is in real estate related matters representing real estate syndicators, investors, developers, landlords and tenants, joint ventures, limited partnerships and brokers. With substantial entrepreneurial and corporate experience as well, Ron offers creative, sophisticated and practical solutions, together with new perspectives to real estate transactions, providing counseling and consulting services that allow clients to fully capitalize on their opportunities.
Ron believes that clients benefit from the highest quality legal work coupled with the judgment and experience necessary to assist them in making important decisions. He is adept at assisting clients in evaluating and balancing the risks and rewards of a particular course of action, especially in the real estate and business areas. Accordingly, Mr. Resch regularly assists clients in deciding whether or not to pursue a particular transaction or investment, and how to structure and finance the transaction in order to maximize the risk/reward ratio.
Ron’s broad experience also allows him to efficiently evaluate and comment on the quality and design of a real estate project. His many long-term relationships with clients provide testament to his belief that good legal work in the formative stages of a transaction will help make that transaction more successful for the client.
Abaigeal Van Deerlin is an associate in the firm’s business litigation practice, and has been a litigator for over ten years specializing in complex civil litigation.
Abby applies a broad background in litigation to develop detailed and thoughtful research in nuanced and complex matters. Her experience in breach of contract, mass tort claims, employment matters, and appellate litigation allows her to suggest creative and effective solutions for various litigation matters.
Prior to coming to the firm, Abby worked as Senior Counsel for the New York City Law Department. There she represented a wide array of New York City municipal agencies in complex, high-exposure state and federal tort suits in all stages of litigation, from notice of claim to summary judgment, settlement or trial.