Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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James L. Perzik, Secretary and General Counsel for the Los Angeles Lakers, in Conversation at Southwestern February 02, 2011
James L. Perzik, Secretary and General Counsel for the Los Angeles Lakers, in Conversation at Southwestern

James L. Perzik, Secretary and General Counsel for the Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. will be the next guest of the 2010-2011 "A Conversation With..." Series presented by Southwestern's Biederman Institute, co-sponsored by the Beverly Hills Bar Association and LACBA's Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section (ELIPS). The conversation with Biederman Director Steven Krone, and subsequent reception, will be held on Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. on the Southwestern campus.

An accomplished sports law attorney, Mr. Perzik joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 1991 as General Counsel for both the NBA team as well as various other enterprises that were housed at the Great Western Forum. After the venue was sold in 1999, his primary function became Secretary and General Counsel of the Los Angeles Lakers. He also serves as personal attorney to the team's owner, Jerry H. Buss.

Mr. Perzik worked as a Certified Public Accountant until he graduated from law school. He then joined the firm of Fine and Pope as an associate attorney. Two years later, he became a partner at the firm, which was eventually renamed Fine, Perzik and Singman. During his years practicing transactional law, Mr. Perzik handled several acquisitions for Dr. Buss, including the purchase of the Lakers.

Active in numerous organizations, Mr. Perzik is a member of the American Bar Association (Section of Taxation and Forum on Entertainment and Sports), Los Angeles County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants and Sports Lawyers Association. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for Loyola Law School's Sports Law Institute and is a former member, and past president, of the Beverly Hills Estate Planning Counsel.

Mr. Perzik earned both his B.S. in Accounting and J.D. degrees from the University of Southern California, where he was a member of the Law Review. He is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court.

The free event will offer one hour of CLE credit and be held in the law school's Bullocks Wilshire Building. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting the Biederman Institute. Campus parking is available for $6. Click here for directions to campus.

Additional speakers for the 2010-2011 "Conversation With..." Series include: Michael Sitrick, Chairman & CEO of Sitrick and Company, the preeminent crisis public relations firm (March 3); Jonathan Handel, Hollywood Reporter labor correspondent and author of Hollywood on Strike! (April 12); and Warren Lieberfarb, Chairman of Warren N. Lieberfarb & Associates and "The Father of DVD" (May 26).