Henley L. Saltzburg
Henley L. Saltzburg has been in practice for more than 55 years. As a graduate from the UCLA School of Law and a Bar Member since 1962, Mr. Saltzburg’s distinguished career specializes in representing Receivers, Bankruptcy Trustees, major corporations involving real estate, finance, intellectual property, copyright, healthcare, enforcement of judgments, and asset protection planning and implementation.
During his practice, Mr. Saltzburg has been hands-on counsel to major land owners, developers, and real estate lenders whose annual transactions have exceeded two billion dollars and exceeded millions of square feet of commercial, industrial, retail, and mixed-use properties. Mr. Saltzburg has counseled numerous clients regarding and structuring asset protection devices.
In addition to managing the real estate/transactional and litigation departments of Saltzburg, Ray & Bergman, LLP, Mr. Saltzburg also has been appointed as Receiver in numerous cases and has acted as counsel for Receivers and Bankruptcy Trustees in hundreds of cases including in enforcement cases brought by state and federal governmental agencies.
Mr. Saltzburg has been an instructor for the continuing education series of the California Bar on issues of litigation, real estate foreclosure, debt collection, insolvency and lender liability. Mr. Saltzburg has lectured for numerous governmental agencies, including the Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service, California Real Estate Commission, California Commission for Financial Institutions, Mortgage Bankers Association, California League of Savings Institutions, Financial Lawyers Conference, California Bankers Association and various trade groups for real estate owners, managers, general contractors, institutional lenders, leasing companies, title insurance companies and medical provider groups.
Paul Dye is a trial lawyer with a sophisticated practice, working principally on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on real estate, business litigation and banking. He has more than 35 years of experience and has represented clients in a wide range of areas including breach of contract, partnership disputes, Receivership litigation, fraud, fraudulent transfers, Ponzi schemes, breach of fiduciary duty, creditor’s rights and responsibilities, view litigation, entertainment, wind power industry matters, alter ego, U.C.C. matters, suretyship, guaranties agency, securities and oil & gas law. Some examples of matters Mr. Dye has litigated:
- In a recent case, Mr. Dye took over defense of a million-dollar fraud case. The parties had been litigating for more than 3 years, and Mr. Dye took it over shortly before trial. The case went to trial and Mr. Dye settled the case for a very nominal amount after 3 days of trial.
- Mr. Dye and his partner, Genise Reiter obtained summary judgment in favor of a bank on claims that a bank vice president made representations which caused a customer to lose $3.6 million. In the same case, they obtained dismissal of a cross-complaint on claims that the bank was responsible because the same vice president had interfered with a contract and converted funds of the cross-complainant.
- Mr. Dye has handled numerous sophisticated fraudulent transfer cases. In one of these, he obtained a $26 million judgment based on discovery abuses against a group of defendants and a $1.5 million judgment after trial against another defendant.
- Another matter involved a claim for $350 million against clients related to more than 10 substantial commercial real estate transactions.
- Mr. Dye has also handled several breach of contract cases involving wind turbines against Southern California Edison and others.
Mr. Dye is among select lawyers who have earned the AV Peer Review Rating with Martindale- Hubbell, which shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
Mr. Dye received his A.B. from Cornell University in 1973 and his L.L.B. from the University of Michigan, graduating magna cum laude in 1978.
Appellate practice: Mr. Dye has successfully argued a number of cases before the California Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit. These cases have involved a variety of issues including fraudulent transfers, securities, breach of contract and fraud.
These cases include Michaely v. Frey (2014) WL 721505; Toy v. Chinatrust Bank (U.S.A) (2014) WL 2854941; Michaely v. Kubrak (2011) WL 2508271; Michaely v. Michaely (2009) WL 2437557; Saltzburg, Ray & Bergman v. Efros (2004) WL 1233979; Fisher v. Gibson (2001) 90 Cal.App.4th 275 109 Cal.Rptr.2d 145; Steinberg v. Amplica (1986) 42 Cal.3d 1198 , 233 Cal.Rptr. 249.
Mr. Brennan has extensive experience in all areas of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on representation of companies in the motion picture and television business. His expertise includes negotiating and preparing domestic and international acquisition agreements, distribution agreements, output agreements and subsidiary rights agreements, financing agreements, security agreements, development and production agreements and talent agreements. It also includes litigation and arbitration.
Entertainment Industry Experience: Mr. Brennan received his B.A. in Mathematics from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1974. In 1978, he graduated from U.C. Hastings College of the Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of Comm/Ent: A Journal of Communications and Entertainment Law. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1978 and began working at Title Insurance & Trust Company and then at Musick, Peeler & Garrett.
- In 1983, Mr. Brennan joined Lorimar Productions and worked as a Director of Distribution Legal and Business Affairs. In 1988, he became Vice-President, Business Affairs for Carolco Pictures where he continued until 1995. At these companies Mr. Brennan worked on production, distribution and financing for hits like Dallas, Falcon Crest, Terminator II, Basic Instinct, Cliffhanger, Red Heat, Universal Soldier and A River Runs Through It.
- In 1985, Mr. Brennan was elected Vice-Chair Secretary, of the American Film Marketing Association (now the Independent Film and Television Alliance), a position he held until 1996. He co-authored the IFTA Model International Licensing Agreements, the industry standard forms for motion picture licensing. He remains a member of the IFTA Legal Committee, where he helped write the IFTA Model Sales Agency Agreements.
- From 1995 through 1999, Mr. Brennan was President of the Independent Producers Association, a trade association for independent movie producers dealing with talent guilds. During this time, he extensively analyzed financial records for independent films in developing a proposal for a new residuals formula.
- In 1999 Mr. Brennan became the co-founder of Gray Matter LLC, a firm that publishes software for international motion picture rights management and income tracking. He remains a member of the company.
Publications: Mr. Brennan is co-author of the treatise COMMERCIAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW: THE COMPLETE UCITA (2006). His published articles include: Modernizing Secured Financing Law for International Information Financing, 6 Hous. Bus. & Tax J. 1 (2005) (with Prof. Ray Nimmer); Financing Intellectual Property Under Federal Law: A National Imperative, 23 Hastings Comm/Ent 195 (2001); Financing Intellectual Property Under Revised Article 9: National and International Conflicts, 23 Hastings Comm/Ent 309 (2001); Embedded Software – Fact or Felony? 43 U.C.C. Bulletin, Rel. 4 (May -June 2001); Why Article 2 Cannot Apply to Software Transactions, 38 Duquesne L.R. 459 (Winter, 2000); Financing Copyrights Under Federal Law, 41 UCC Bulletin, Rel. 3 & 4 (Aug. – Sept. 2000); The Public Policy of Information Licensing, 36 Houston L.R. 61 (1999); Why Software Publishers Should Actively Support the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (And What Will Happen If They Don’t), 1 Soft. Quality Prof. 49 (1999) (with Glenn A. Barber); Through The Telescope: Article 2B and the Future of E-Commerce, 37 UCC Bulletin, Rel. 3 (Apr.-May 1999); Through The Telescope II: The Meaning of UCITA 39 UCC Bulletin, Rel.43 (Jan.-Feb. 2000); The Consumer Interest In Disclosure of Terms, PLI Software and Database Licensing (1999); and The Copyright Wars: The WIPO Treaties and the New Information Economy 2 PLI’s Fourth Annual Institute for Intellectual Property Law 623 (1998).
Genise Reiter’s area of concentration is in complex commercial and real estate litigation. Throughout her career she has represented clients in a myriad of areas including lender liability, construction disputes, real estate, challenges to title, unfair competition, misappropriation of intellectual property, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty claims and partnership disputes.
Ms. Reiter began her legal career in 1978 working for Ticor Title Insurance and Trust Company as a litigation specialist managing a large portfolio of claims filed against the Title Company and its subsidiaries. After leaving Ticor, Ms. Reiter went into private practice with a small boutique real estate firm whose clients were comprised mostly of major developers and large holders of commercial real estate. In her capacity with this firm, Ms. Reiter worked with, negotiated and analyzed dozens of title policies and escrow contracts. Now, at Saltzburg, Ray and Bergman, Ms. Reiter and her partners (two of whom likewise got their start at title companies) have dedicated their practices to real estate transactional and litigation areas of law. Her past 32 years in practice have allowed Ms. Reiter to hone her skills in the title and escrow industry, as well as other areas of real estate law including substantial cases involving view litigation, commercial lease disputes, Conditions, Covenants & Restrictions disputes, quiet title actions, boundary disputes and purchase and sale litigation. She also has extensive experience in representing lenders both in collection, work outs, and in defending against claims of wrongdoing.
In addition to her trial work, Ms. Reiter has a successful track record of resolving cases though cost effective dispositive motions which obviate the need for protracted and costly litigation.
She has extensive experience litigating in the state and federal courts as well as in the appellate courts. Her experience extends to administrative and arbitral tribunals.
Ms. Reiter received her B.S. from UCLA in 1974, graduating magna cum laude and law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1977 with honors.
Ms. Reiter’s diverse client base includes numerous banking and other financial institutions, insurance companies, manufacturers, contractors and owners of intellectual property rights.