Smart Choice. Wise Counsel.

Russ August & Kabat was founded in 1990 by Larry Russ, Rick August and Jules Kabat. By combining their litigation, corporate and finance, real estate and intellectual property expertise, they established a law firm that focuses on the creative analysis of complex legal problems to achieve outstanding results. In 2003, Marc Fenster joined the firm, and launched the patent litigation group, now over 20 lawyers strong. The firm is proud of its lawyers and the personal attention we are able to give to each of our clients. Over the years, the firm has maintained its focus while expanding its practice areas. In the process, we have established ourselves as one of the top midsize law firms in Los Angeles. In 2014 and 2015, Russ August & Kabat was named to the Top Law Firms list by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Our Philosophy.


Russ August & Kabat is client-driven. We listen to you. Wise counsel is the product of understanding what you need, setting attainable goals, and working creatively and aggressively to attain those goals.

A Cost-Effective, Full-Service Law Firm.

Russ August & Kabat provides refined and economically efficient legal services. We understand that legal matters come in different sizes. We are sensitive to our clients’ needs.

  • Our intellectual property practice emphasizes plaintiff’s patent infringement litigation, as well as trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition and related litigation. The firm also provides trademark, copyright and patent prosecution and counseling.
  • Our litigation and trial practice includes sophisticated experience in trademark, patent, copyright and other intellectual property as well as commercial, entertainment, partnership, real estate, securities, antitrust and general business litigation. While negotiation and rational business determinations should, and often do, resolve most disputes, we have an advantage. Our lawyers try cases. That trial experience provides negotiating leverage that translates into outstanding results.
  • Our corporate and finance practice services a variety of sophisticated corporate needs including mergers and acquisitions, representation of non-public companies.
  • Our real estate practice includes all transactional, regulatory and litigation aspects for the acquisition, development, ownership, management, construction, use and financing of real property.
  • Our media and entertainment practice focuses on traditional and “new” media to represent artists, producers, and content providers of all varieties, to protect their rights across all platforms.
  • Our garment and textile practice incorporates all aspects of retail sales, manufacturing and distribution, licensing, copyright, trademark, and financing issues.

Russ August & Kabat’s practice is both local and national. While our practice is Los Angeles-based, we are proud to represent our local, national and international clients on challenging, interesting, and cutting-edge legal matters from coast-to-coast.

A Law Firm, Not A Law Corporation.

Russ August & Kabat lawyers – and our clients – have chosen an alternative to the “law corporations” that increasingly emphasize size over service. We have chosen to limit our size to provide our clients with the highest quality legal services, performed with the utmost integrity.

Our Lawyers Are Our Strength.


Russ August & Kabat lawyers have the highest level of academic achievement and practical legal experience. While many of our lawyers have been trained at the most prestigious local, national and international law firms, and can practice anywhere they choose, they have chosen to practice here, in a creative and high-quality environment.

Russ August & Kabat has over twenty five attorneys and two offices in Los Angeles. Our lawyers have clerked for federal judges, run in-house legal departments, and have headed other law firms or departments of major national firms. Our attorneys have degrees in bio-engineering, electrical engineering, physics, biochemistry and other fields that are directly relevant to our client work.

Russ August & Kabat is proud to be one of the preeminent midsize law firms in Los Angeles. We are proud to have an outstanding, varied and interesting client base. And we are proud to be a firm where our attorneys can work in a collegial, creative and results-oriented legal atmosphere.