Howard L. Horwitz
Howard L. Horwitz has been a litigation attorney in California for over 30 years. He received his J.D. degree in 1982 from UC Hastings, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (COMM/ENT). He began the practice of law with the mid-size firm of Overton, Lyman & Prince in 1982. In 1985, Mr. Horwitz joined Kibre & Horwitz LLP, then known as Stanton, Oberstein & Doniger. Mr. Horwitz became a partner of the firm in 1990, and he became a ‘name partner’ in 1992 after practicing law for only 10 years. In 1989, Mr. Horwitz was admitted to the bar of the State of New York, and in 1996 he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
From its inception, Mr. Horwitz’ litigation practice has encompassed disputes in the areas of business, entertainment, and trusts and estates. Entertainment and business litigation clients have included The Walt Disney Company, Carolco Pictures Inc., Sony Music Entertainment, New Regency Productions, Cinergi Pictures, William Morris Agency, PUMA North America, Inc., Health Data Sciences Corp., HealthTrio and CentriHealth. Mr. Horwitz’ published appellate decisions in the areas of business and entertainment litigation include New Regency Productions, Inc. v. Nippon Herald Films, Inc., 501 F. 3d 1101 (9th Cir. 2007); Dumas v. Kipp, 90 F.3d 386 (9th Cir. 1996), and Kourtis v. Cameron, 419 F. 3rd 989 (9th Cir. 2005).
Mr. Horwitz is also a distinguished trusts and estates litigator, receiving referrals from estate planning attorneys and others who have witnessed or heard of Mr. Horwitz’ track record of success in this area of practice. Mr. Horwitz’ published appellate decisions in trusts and estates litigation include Estate of Pryor, 177 Cal.App. 4th 1466 (2nd Dist. 2009), rev. denied (Dec. 17, 2009) and Pryor v. Pryor, 177 Cal. App. 4th 1448 (2nd Dist. 2009).
Mr. Horwitz has been a member of the Litigation Subcommittee of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California (now the California Lawyers Association) since 2010 and was Chair of its Litigation Subcommittee in 2016. He also served on the Trusts and Estates Section Executive Committee (Texcom) from 2012 to 2016. He has been involved with numerous pieces of legislation in the areas of trusts and estates, including serving as Texcom’s point person for AB 140, California’s statutory definition of undue influence. He has published multiple articles on trusts and estates litigation topics, including undue influence, pre-death trust contests, and the proper role of mental health professionals in assessing undue influence. He has also lectured numerous times on such topics in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange and San Bernardino counties. Mr. Horwitz is also a Volunteer Settlement Officer with the Los Angeles County Superior Court Probate Settlement Program.
Mr. Horwitz has handled a number of high profile matters. In 2000, Mr. Horwitz, representing PUMA North America, Inc. in a dispute with National Basketball Association superstar Vince Carter, obtained a binding arbitration award in favor of Puma of over $13.5 million, an injunction barring Mr. Carter from wearing or endorsing the athletic footwear of any Puma competitor for three years, and requiring Mr. Carter to pay Puma’s attorneys’ fees and costs.
In 2009, representing the widow of famed comedian/actor Richard Pryor in two complex trust and estate litigation actions, Mr. Horwitz achieved landmark victories before the Los Angeles Superior Court, California Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court, rejecting an heir’s attempt, among other things, to annul a marriage post-death and invalidate gifts to a spouse alleged to have been a caregiver.
- Trusts and Estates
- Civil disputes
- Role of Mental Health Professionals in Assessing Undue Influence
- Pre-Death Trust Contests
- New Statutory Definition of Undue Influence