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Mark Kalmansohn has been practicing law for over 25 years.  Prior to founding Kalmansohn & Andersen, LLP, he was a founding partner of McPherson & Kalmansohn, LLP, where he practiced about ten years.  Before that, he served as Acting General Counsel for Theatrical Entertainment Services, where he was responsible for general corporate legal matters and litigation supervision.

From 1987 through 1991, Mr. Kalmansohn was Director of North American Anti-Piracy Operations for the Motion Picture Association of America, where he supervised over 100 employees in the U.S. and Canadian Copyright and Trademark Protection Program in connection with motion pictures in theatrical, video, cable, satellite and other distribution media. This program covered the product of all of the major studios and over forty video distributors, and resulted in the filing of hundreds of civil cases and criminal prosecutions each year. Before joining the M.P.A.A., Mr. Kalmansohn was a partner at Cooper, Epstein & Hurewitz, where he handled all phases of major entertainment litigation and many aspects of film and television transactional matters. While at Cooper, Epstein & Hurewitz, he served as a lead counsel on several copyright and trademark actions, among them Disney v. Filmation and Solar Records, et al. v. Warner Bros, Inc. et al.

From 1979 through 1983, Mr. Kalmansohn served as an Assistant United States Attorney (Criminal Division) in the Central District of California, where he prosecuted numerous complex major international fraud cases, as well as other major crimes including hijacking, terrorism, bribery and government corruption, and gained substantial jury trial experience. During his tenure in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Kalmansohn served as an Assistant Division Chief, in charge of trial training for all new Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and also served in the Civil Rights Unit. From 1977 through 1979, Mr. Kalmansohn served in the United States Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney in the Antitrust Division (Special Litigation Section), as part of the U.S. Attorney General's Employment Program for Honor Law Graduates. In that capacity, Mr. Kalmansohn served as a lead counsel on the "Networks" Cases: United States v. ABC, CBS and NBC.


Mr. Kalmansohn has developed substantial experience in the prosecution and defense of major entertainment litigation, including major federal copyright and trademark cases, "net profit" claims, and "pay or play" cases. He has also negotiated and prepared an assortment of motion picture rights and other agreements relating to the hiring of talent, the property acquisition, distribution and merchandising. Moreover, as a Certified Major League Baseball Player Agent, Mr. Kalmansohn has represented professional baseball players (and other athletes) in several capacities, including salary negotiation, arbitration, and related matters.

In his twenty-five years as an attorney, Mr. Kalmansohn has engaged in most phases of civil litigation in State and Federal courts, and in criminal prosecution in Federal court. He has prosecuted numerous jury trials in the Central District of California, and is well known by many of the sitting Federal judges in that District (several of whom were his personal and professional acquaintances at the U.S. Attorney's Office) and on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and is known by many State court judges as well.

Professional Affiliations:

Mr. Kalmansohn is a member of the State Bar of California, the District of Columbia Bar, and the United States Supreme Court Bar. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and for the Central District of California, and is well known by many of the sitting Federal Judges in that District as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also a member of the Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Law of the American Bar Association. Moreover, Mr. Kalmansohn has served as a judge for the Pepperdine University and U.C.L.A. Law Schools Moot Court programs.


Mr. Kalmansohn studied at Cornell University (1970-71) as a Dean's List recipient, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1974 from the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.), where he was awarded a University of California Regents Scholarship, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. He is also a graduate of U.C.L.A. Law School (J.D. 1977), where he served on the Moot Court Honors Program, and interned with the United States Strike Force on Crime and Racketeering, and the U.S. Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights. He also received a Diploma in International Law from Darwin College, University of Cambridge [Cambridge, England] (1984). He was admitted to the California Bar in 1977 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1978.

Articles and Books/Media Experience:

Mr. Kalmansohn has written several articles and other publications. These include “Electoral College Violate Principle Of One Person, One Vote,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (2004); "Application Of EEC Articles 85 And 86 To Foreign Multinationals", Legal Issues of European Integration, 1984/2, Kluver Law and Taxation Publishers; "A Citizen's Guide To Individual Rights Under The Constitution Of The United States Of America", Fifth Edition (1976), Prepared By The Subcommittee On Constitutional Rights, U.S. Senate Committee On The Judiciary; "Free Press -- Fair Trial" (1976), A Staff Report Of The Subcommittee On Constitutional Rights, U.S. Senate Committee On The Judiciary; "The Law, Lawyers And Literature", Lex Et Scientia, Vol. 12, No. 4 (1976). Kalmansohn also is the author of the book "Nothing Is Too Late: The Hunt For A Holocaust Swindler" (Brassey's Inc./May 2004/ ISBN #1574886851), which was the subject of feature segments on Dateline NBC (2002) and America's Most Wanted (2004). Mr. Kalmansohn has appeared several times as a commentator or in a similar capacity on a variety of television programs, including CNN’s Burden of Proof, Entertainment Tonight, Celebrity Justice, and The Donnie Deutsch Show.

For information on Mark E. Kalmansohn’s book, “The Hunt For A Holocaust Swindler” (Potomac/2004), the subject of feature segments on America’s Most Wanted and Dateline NBC, please go to the link below: www.hunt4theswindler.com  

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