Adam Streisand

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Adam Fredric Streisand[1] (born June 9, 1963 in New York City, New York)[2] is an American trial attorney notable for his involvement in high-profile litigation with regard to private wealth disputes: "Adam Streisand is widely regarded as one of the nation's top trial attorneys, particularly in high profile litigation involving private wealth disputes, fiduciary litigation, business succession and partnership disputes and litigation involving trusts, estates and conservatorships."[3][4][5] He is credited with "rescuing" both NBA franchises in Los Angeles, having represented former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at trial against Donald Sterling over the Los Angeles Clippers,[6] and Jeanie Buss in litigation over control of the Los Angeles Lakers.[7][8][9][10] Streisand is repeatedly named one of the top trial lawyers in the U.S. and in California, and one of the most influential people in Los Angeles,[3][4][5][11] for these and many other victories in battles over the estates of the rich and famous, including Michael Jackson,[12] Tom Petty,[13] Hugh Hefner,[14] Muhammad Ali, Ray Charles, Marilyn Monroe,[15] Marlon Brando, Douglas Tompkins,[16][17][18] Barry White, Dennis Hopper, Michael Crichton,[19][20] Anna Nicole Smith, Rodney Dangerfield, Rock Hudson,[21] Joey Bishop, Bing Crosby, Gore Vidal,[22][23] Carroll Shelby, Alan Thicke,[24] Terry Semel[25] Allen Paulson[26] and others.


Early career[edit]

Streisand graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, with a BA in History.[27] During college, he studied at the Sorbonne in Paris for one academic year.[27] After college, he served as Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md).[27] Streisand graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, a member of the Honor Society, and an editor of the Law Review.[27]

Streisand began his legal career litigating entertainment cases. On behalf of his clients, Beastie Boys and Capitol Records, Streisand won the first digital sampling case in the U.S. Courts of Appeals, Newton v. Diamond, et al.[28][29] Streisand won a palimony case for comedian Bill Maher brought by former girlfriend, Coco Johnson.[30][31] Streisand achieved a significant settlement against Faye Dunaway, Terrence McNally and others over the film rights to the stage play Master Class for producer Lester Persky.[32] Streisand successfully defended Diana Ross in a copyright infringement action by photographer Art Shay. He successfully litigated a copyright infringement action for BMG Music Publishing against Melissa Etheridge. Streisand represented Quincy Jones, the key witness in the defamation trial by Steve Wynn against "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis, in which the jury returned a $40 million verdict.[33] Streisand obtained an injunction for Jacques Cousteau against the use of the Cousteau name in connection with a Fiji resort against Jean-Michel Cousteau and others. Britney Spears retained Streisand in connection with the petition to establish a conservatorship over the singer.[34][35][36][37] Streisand successfully represented Kobe Bryant in a defamation action.

Estate litigation[edit]

Streisand transitioned from entertainment litigation to trust and estate litigation, becoming well known for success in celebrity estate cases.[38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45] He has been recognized for achievements in traditional or non-celebrity estate cases.[46][47][48][49] Streisand has been widely acknowledged as a leading American trial attorney, particularly in the field of trust and estate litigation.[3][50][51][52][53] Streisand is noted as one of the best trial attorneys in the country and for his strategic vision. Streisand is well known as the architect of the strategy to rely on an arcane provision of the California probate code, section 1310b, and resulting trial victory for Steve Ballmer resulting in his $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers.[54] Given Streisand's well acknowledged expertise, he is also involved in the drafting of legislation, including in particular, due to his experience in both entertainment and estates, amendments drafted by Streisand to the California Celebrities Rights Act to ensure the protection of a deceased celebrity's name and likeness and its descendibility to the celebrity's heirs.[55] The estate of Marilyn Monroe retained Streisand to draft the amendments to the California Celebrities Rights Act.



  1. ^ "Adam Fredric Streisand Profile | Los Angeles, CA Lawyer". Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  2. ^ Hubbell, Martindale (March 2002). Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (2002). Martindale-Hubbell. ISBN 9781561604913.
  3. ^ a b c "Leaders in Law Honorees - Attorney Awards: ADAM STREISAND - Los Angeles Business Journal".
  4. ^ a b "Top Litigators in Los Angeles: ADAM F. STREISAND".
  5. ^ a b "Adam Streisand - Los Angeles Business Journal".
  6. ^ Witz, Billy (28 July 2014). "Donald Sterling Loses Bid to Block Sale of Clippers". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Fenno, Nathan (4 July 2018). "It was 16 months ago when Jeanie Buss made a daring move to seize control of the Lakers". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Plaschke, Bill (4 March 2017). "In stopping her brothers' attempted takeover, Jeanie Buss shows she's in charge of Lakers — for now". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "Family or franchise? Jeanie Buss' choice was easy". 11 April 2017.
  10. ^ Loignon, Stéphane (July 17, 2018). "La guerre en héritage : La mauvaise passe des Lakers". Le Parisien (in French).
  11. ^ "Top 100 Lawyers in California". Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. Sep 22, 2010. From his victory in the landmark copyright case, Newton v. Diamond, in which he represented the Beastie Boys and Capitol Records... Streisand has transitioned into a nationally recognized trust and estate litigator. His practice is unique in that he is the rare lawyer in the field with an expertise in disputes involving entertainment and intellectual property issues. He has been in courtroom battles over the estates of Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Marlon Brando, Michael Crichton, Anna Nicole Smith, Rodney Dangerfield, Dennis Hopper, William Randolph Hearst and many more.
  12. ^ "Jackson family lawyer: 'New evidence' in battle for estate".
  13. ^ "Tom Petty's Widow Files New Appeals Against Daughters in Escalating Battle Over Late Rocker's Trust". Billboard.,"Tom Petty's Daughters File Lawsuit Against His Widow". Variety. 15 May 2019.
  14. ^ Naumann, Ryan; Walters, Mike; Trock, Gary; Walters, Liz (22 December 2017). "Hugh Hefner's Estate is Selling Off All His Playboy Ownership (UPDATE)". The Blast.
  15. ^ "Law Decides Who Owns a Dead Star's Image".
  16. ^ "Daughter seeks millions from Esprit co-founder Douglas Tompkins' will -". 29 October 2017.
  17. ^ Hiltzik, Michael (27 October 2017). "A San Francisco socialite sues for a share of the Esprit fortune her conservationist father left to charity". Los Angeles Times.
  18. ^ "Daughter of North Face and Esprit co-founder Douglas Tompkins loses latest bid to claim inheritance -". 7 October 2018.
  19. ^ "".
  20. ^ "Michael Crichton's daughter speaks up about sale of her father's art collection". 17 March 2010.
  21. ^ Goldblatt, Daniel; Walters, Mike; Walters, Liz (9 January 2018). "Rock Hudson Has a Daughter Nobody Knew About and Claims to Have the DNA Test to Prove It". The Blast.
  22. ^ Teeman, Tim (8 November 2013). "For Gore Vidal, a Final Plot Twist". The New York Times.
  23. ^ "Gore Vidal's Final Feud".
  24. ^ "Alan Thicke's Widow Thanks Him for Being Her 'Angel' as Judge Throws Out Stepsons' Lawsuit".
  25. ^ "Former Yahoo CEO has Alzheimer's; Son Files for Conservatorship". 11 May 2018., "Terry Semel's Alzheimer's Battle: Inside the Family War over the Hollywood Titan's Care". Los Angeles Times. 3 May 2019.
  26. ^ Freedman, Michael. "The Paulson Estate Battle". Forbes.
  27. ^ a b c d "Adam F. Streisand".
  28. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2011-02-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^ "349 F.2d 591 (9th Cir. 2003)".
  30. ^ "Judge Dismisses $9M Lawsuit Against Bill Maher". Associated Press. 25 March 2015.
  31. ^ "Bill Maher is sued by ex-girlfriend". 12 November 2004.
  32. ^ SNOW, SHAUNA (1 August 1997). "Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press".
  33. ^ "Steve Wynn Vs. Joe Francis: Anatomy of a $40 Million Smackdown". The Hollywood Reporter. 12 September 2012.
  34. ^ Angeles, STEPHANIE GASKELL in New York, DAN COX in Los. "Lawyer: Britney Spears doesn't want her father in charge of her welfare".
  35. ^ "A Guide To The #FreeBritney Movement". 16 May 2019.
  36. ^ "A Guide to the #FreeBritney Theory That Britney Spears Is Being Held Against Her Will". Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  37. ^ Kovaleski, Serge F.; Coscarelli, Joe (4 May 2016). "Is Britney Spears Ready to Stand on Her Own?". The New York Times.
  38. ^ Ryan, John (25 October 2015). "Lawyer Limelight: Adam Streisand".
  39. ^ [1][dead link]
  40. ^ "The Daily Journal profiled Streisand on the cover of its "Extra" section under the title "The Sure Thing" and called his expertise "a lawyer's C.V. on steroids." Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, "The Sure Thing", Jun. 13, 2005.
  41. ^ Trusts and Estates Magazine says "Adam Streisand is a trial lawyer renowned for his courtroom victories in celebrity estates."]
  42. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2018-10-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  43. ^ The American Lawyer says: "Mr. Streisand is a veteran of battles over celebrity estates such as Marlon Brando and Ray Charles". The American Lawyer, "Notable and Notorious Lawyers", Vol.31, No.12, Dec. 2009.
  44. ^ Lawdragon Magazine says "Adam Streisand is easily one of the best trust and estate litigators in the country."
  45. ^ "Jackson's Mom Hires Adam Streisand". 24 October 2009.
  46. ^ "HUTCHINGS v. DROMMERHAUSE - B209155 - 20090811008 -".
  47. ^ In re James Patrick Trust involving $350 million claim to Alacer Corp., manufacturer of "Emergen-C".
  48. ^ Hirsch, Jerry (24 November 2003). "Exec's Remarks Stir Farmer Bros. Battle".
  49. ^ Starr, Michael (3 December 2010). "Who knew? The secret battle over Bishop will".
  50. ^ "Named one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals" (PDF).
  51. ^ "DailyJournal".
  52. ^ "Lawdragon Magazine". January 2020.
  53. ^ and one of the "Top 500 Trial Lawyers in America" Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine Streisand was named one of the "Top 100 Lawyers" in Southern California by The Los Angeles Business Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal, Vol.31, No.40, Oct. 5–11, 2009, one of the "Top 100 Lawyers" in the field of Trusts and Estates in the United States by Worth (magazine) Worth Magazine, "The Top 100 Attorneys", Dec/Jan 2009, and one of the "Top 50 Lawyers in North America" in the field of wealth management by Citywealth Magazine. Named a "Top Litigator" by Los Angeles Business Journal, 8/13/2018. He is also named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers. Streisand is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-02-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Adam Streisand was given the highest ranking available for an attorney by "Chambers USA" Chambers USA: Adam Streisand and by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell: Adam Streisand He has been named a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers Magazine every year since the inception of the magazine in 2004.
  54. ^ Daily Journal, « A Slam Dunk for Ballmer’s Dealmaker ».
  55. ^ "Cal. Civ. Code 3344–3346". Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2011-02-20.

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