Litigation

Litigation Attorneys

Irwin B. Feinberg

Partner Litigation and Probate & Trust Irwin B. Feinberg is a partner at FMBK and our lead litigator. Before founding FMBK, he practiced at the law firm of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields, Chrystie & Younger. Mr. Feinberg clerked for the Honorable Bertram Janes, Justice of the California Court of Appeal. He lives in the Pacific Palisades with his wife, Deb, and has three sons. Bar Admissions
  • California
Professional Associations & Memberships Honors, Awards & Accomplishments
  • Named a Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2005 through 2014 and named one of Southern California's Top 100 lawyers in 2013.
  • Has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Recipient of the Champion Award for his services to Westview School.
  • Named to ALM's "Top Rated Lawyers" list 2012 which features lawyers who have achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
Community Involvement
  • Serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Our House, a grief support center, and previously served three years as its Board Chair.
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of Westview School, and previously was Chairman of that Board.
  • Currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Claire's Place Foundation.
  • Previously served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Kayne ERAS and the Cure FD Foundation.
Recent Television Appearances

Neil H. Elan

Associate Family Law, Probate and Civil Litigation

Neil Elan is an associate in the Civil Litigation, Family Law, and Probate Departments of FMBK. His practice focuses on all areas in civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on business dissolution, real estate, and contract disputes.  Neil is equally experienced in Probate, and represents clients on trust, conservatorship, guardianship, and Elder Abuse matters. In addition to the foregoing, Neil handles various family law matters on occasion.

In the probate sphere, Neil frequently appears in  Probate hearings, as he has made appearances in sale confirmation hearings, hearings on Petitions for Final Distributions, and Heggstad Petitions. In his very first year of practice, Neil conducted his own Trial in a Probate Estate proceeding before Judge Maria Stratton, where he was able to successfully defend the subject Estate against a third party creditor, and assisted the Executor in recovering all of her statutory and extraordinary fees, as prayed. Neil was also responsible for first-chairing two mediations, both of which resulted in a favorable settlement agreement to the trustee of a trust.  Neil has prevailed on a several Heggstad Petitions, where he successfully represented the trustees in transferring title of a property. Neil also has experience with 850 Petitions, seeking to obtain and access both real and personal property controlled by third parties.

Similarly, Neil frequently makes appearances in civil matters, where he has taken and defended depositions in various complex matters, including  specific performance of a multimillion dollar buy-sell agreement, and an employment trade-secret matter. Neil is experienced in enforcing Judgments, including Motions for Charging Orders, Writs of Execution, and Defaults. Neil has particular experience in Anti-SLAPP cases, as he has been on both the prosecuting and defending end of such matters.

Neil has co-authored two versions of “Claims of Undue Influence Are Considered Under Different Standards in Family Law and Probate Matters,” which was published as part of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Symposium for the years 2014 and 2015. Neil is in the process of preparing a publication on Elder Abuse, which he expects to be published by the end of the 2015 calendar year.

Neil  earned his law degree from Loyola Law School, where was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society and received First Honors in Financial Institutions, Legal Research and Writing, and Civil Procedure. He served as Note and Comment Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. Mr. Elan earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from UC Berkeley, where he graduated with high honors as a Phi Beta Kappa member.

Bar Admissions
  • California
Professional Associations & Memberships

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