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Michael C. Agran

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Michael's practice focuses on estate planning, trust and probate administration, income tax planning and corporate and business transactions.

Michael has emphasized tax planning in his trusts and estates practice, involving estate planning, sophisticated family wealth transfer planning, probate and trust administration with post mortem tax planning.

He has also focused on business transactions and personal affairs for clients. He has represented diverse clients in the organization of businesses, choice of business entities, purchases and sales of businesses and real estate, tax-free reorganizations of corporations and tax-free exchanges of real estate.

He is a member of the State Bar of California and the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and is a Certified Specialist in Taxation with the State Bar of California. He has been designated as a Super Lawyer among Estate Planning and Probate Attorneys in Los Angeles continuously from 2010 to 2018.

Michael received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, and did his undergraduate work at the University of California at Los Angeles.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:

  • Estate Planning
  • Trust and Probate Administration
  • Tax Planning
  • Corporate and Business Transactions

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • State Bar of California, 1967
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1967
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1967

EDUCATION:

  • Harvard Law School,  J.D., Cum Laude, 1966
  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 1963

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP:

  • State Bar of California
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Certified Specialist in Taxation, California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council, Past President
  • Los Angeles Super Lawyer 2010-2018

Shara A. Lerman

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Shara A. Lerman is a member of our Business and Finance Group.

Her practice areas include corporate law, finance and securities law, merger and acquisitions, entertainment, healthcare and regulatory compliance. Industries in which she has experience include private equity,  media and entertainment (including film finance and celebrity licensing), gaming, food and beverage, healthcare, real estate, technology and licensing, joint ventures and general corporate matters.

Ms. Lerman has represented clients on matters ranging from small local transactions​ to large international business deals. She is experienced in working with both public and private entities ranging from entrepreneurs and startups to large multi-national entities.

Prior to joining Valensi Rose, Ms. Lerman operated her own boutique business law firm in West Los Angeles. Earlier in her career, Ms. Lerman practiced at several large law firms, including Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She has also worked in-house as a corporate counsel, giving her a better understanding of the needs of her corporate clients.

Ms. Lerman graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002, where she was a Notes & Comments Editor for The Tax Lawyer. She was also a student attorney in the Domestic Violence Clinic.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:

  • Business and Finance
  • Entertainment

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • State Bar of California, 2010
  • State Bar of New York, 2003
  • State Bar of Oregon, 2011

EDUCATION:

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, Juris Doctor Cum Laude, 2002
  • Portland State University, Portland, OR, Bachelor of Science,  Psychology, 1999

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Stephen F. Moeller

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With over 30 years of experience dealing with entertainment litigation and intellectual property matters, Stephen F. Moeller specializes in representing clients in the television and motion picture industries, music producers and other artists.

Working across the entertainment business, Stephen has advised producers, artists, production companies, musicians, writers, talent agencies, distributors, and other entities. With comprehensive experience in negotiations, arbitrations, lawsuits and trials, Stephen’s specialties include personal service contracts, profit participations, copyrights, trademarks, talent guild disputes, distribution rights, and other clearance and intellectual property issues.

Though Stephen’s main specialty is in the entertainment arena, he also provides his expertise in general business litigation matters.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:

  • Litigation Group
  • Entertainment Group
  • Intellectual Property Group

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Entertainment Litigation
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Talent Guild Disputes
  • Arbitrations
  • Business Litigation

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

EDUCATION:

  • Harvard Law School – J.D.
  • Honors: Cum Laude
  • Harvard University – M.A.
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois – B.A.
  • Honors: Magna Cum Laude

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Entertainment and Intellectual Property Section – Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association – Member
  • Los Angeles Copyright Society – Member
  • Simon Wiesenthal Center - General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Board of Directors

Nitasha Khanna

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Nitasha Khanna practices in the area of Family Law.

Her practice focuses on all phases of cases involving dissolution of marriage, legal separation, paternity, and domestic violence, including child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, property division, legal discovery, and restraining orders.

She has acted as lead counsel in cases involving highly litigated child custody battles, and for clients with multi-million-dollar estates with complex financial issues.

Given the delicate nature of family law cases, and to protect her clients from the emotional and financial consequences of a protracted litigation, she focuses her best efforts towards resolving her cases without judicial intervention.  However, if successful resolution of her cases is not possible by way of settlement, she is just as aggressive in pursuing her clients' interests in the courtroom.  As lead counsel, she has effectively and skillfully represented numerous clients at trials, settlement negotiations, and depositions.

Ms. Khanna has been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star list for four consecutive years, from 2014 through 2017. She has also received the “Top Attorney” Award from Pasadena Magazine for five consecutive years, from 2011 through 2016.

Ms. Khanna completed her legal studies at Southwestern University School of Law, where she was recognized as Second Place Writer and Finalist Oralist in the 2008 Intramural Moot Court Competition. Her performance in the Intramural competition secured her membership in the Moot Court Honors Program, which provided her the opportunity to complete in two National Moot Court Competitions.

 She served as Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at Southwestern, and as a Board Member of the Women’s Law Association. During her last year at Southwestern, she became a Staff Member of the Southwestern Journal of International Law, where she received a Bluebook Award. She also received a CALI award for excellence in Advanced Legal Writing and graduated in the top 20 percent of her class.

While at law school, she externed in the Major Fraud Division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Ms. Khanna attended the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in June 2004. Following graduation and prior to attending law school, she worked in the banking industry as a Personal/Relationship Banker for three years.

While at college, Ms. Khanna was a member of the UCLA Hindi Film Dance Team and competed in multiple national dance competitions.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:

  • Family Law Group
  • Litigation Group

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • State Bar of California, 2010

EDUCATION:

  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, Juris Doctor, 2010
  • University of California, Los Angeles,  CA, Bachelor of Arts,  Psychology, 2004

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP:

  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Sharon Jill Sandler

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Sharon Jill Sandler specializes in family and domestic relations law. Her deep expertise and experience ranges from negotiating and litigating marital dissolution and legal separation proceedings, financial support actions, and paternity actions, to drafting and negotiating premarital, post-marital, cohabitation and property settlement agreements.

Sharon also specializes in mediation of family law and domestic relations law matters, serving as mediator or consulting and advisory counsel to clients in mediation.

Sharon is distinguished by top honors in her field. She is an AV Preeminent Rated Attorney, selected by the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and Preeminent Women Lawyers for lawyers who have achieved the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.  Sharon has been awarded the highest posslbe Martindale-Hubbard distinction by both her peers and the Judiciary. Sharon continues to be named a Top Rated Lawyer in Family Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, and in 2016 The American Registry recognized Sharon as one of America’s Most Honoured Professionals, awarded for continuous professional recognition of excellence, an accomplishment realized only by the Top 1% of American Professionals.

AREAS OF PRACTICE:

  • Family Law Group

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Marital Dissolution
  • Legal Separation Proceedings
  • Financial Support Actions
  • Paternity Actions
  • Premarital, Postmarital, and Cohabitation Agreements
  • Property Settlement Agreements

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • California, 1990

EDUCATION:

  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, 1990 – J.D.
  • University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1983 – B. Com.

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

  • State Bar of California – Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section – Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Family Law Section – Member
  • Women Lawyer's Association of Los Angeles – Member