July 2021 – Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP is pleased to announce the promotions of attorneys Nary Kim to partner and Meaghan L. Lert to counsel. Ms. Kim joined the firm in 2016, and her practice has focused on complex litigation. She has been an important member of the firm’s complex commercial litigation teams that won a favorable judgment for a prominent entertainment client, secured an arbitration victory for major film studios, and successfully defended a business client in a multimillion-dollar international dispute involving a failed land development project.
Ms. Kim also has played a leading role in the firm’s white-collar defense and government investigations practice, helping to secure the dismissal of a $20 million qui tam action for a national construction company. She has successfully resolved legal malpractice, First Amendment, intellectual property, trade secret, construction defect, and employment disputes in state and federal courts.
Ms. Kim is UC Berkeley School of Law graduate who won the American Jurisprudence Award in Entertainment Law. She also was the Asian American Law Journal articles editor and a member of the California Law Review.
Ms. Lert joined KBK in 2011 and has been vital to its entertainment and media litigation practice. She helped the firm successfully resolve complex litigation involving disputes over profit participation, copyrights, and film and television distribution agreements. She helped obtain victories at trial and on appeal on behalf of major media companies engaged in contract disputes and business tort actions. She also was essential to resolving disputes over legal fees, syndication, and defamation for high-profile media and entertainment clients.
In addition, Ms. Lert has been a critical member of the firm’s white-collar defense and government investigations practice. Ms. Lert has conducted internal corporate investigations, represented individuals who are targets of or witnesses in federal criminal investigations, defended false claim/qui tam actions, and represented clients in regulatory matters.
Ms. Lert has provided significant assistance to the firm’s legal malpractice defense practice. She helped secure dismissal of a case against one law firm and anti-SLAPP victories for another firm. She is a USC School of Law graduate and recipient of the Order of the Coif.