Thomas Hoberman '75 Named Chair of Southwestern's Board of Trustees
Thomas Hoberman '75, a prominent entertainment attorney, active alumnus and benefactor of Southwestern, has been elected Chair of the law school's Board of Trustees. Mr. Hoberman first joined the Board in 2002, and prior to his appointment at the December 7, 2011 Board meeting, he served as Vice-Chair. He succeeds Dennis Codon '77, who served as board chair for 7 years.
"We are extremely fortunate to have an alum and chair with such a great combination of personality, professional stature, and superb judgment," Dean Garth said. "Tom has been instrumental in championing the growth and development of our faculty, programs and partnerships during his decade on the board and will be a wonderful leader as we embark on important new initiatives and the next phase of our campus expansion."
A partner in the firm of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P. in Beverly Hills, Mr. Hoberman practices transactional entertainment law, focused on the representation of actors, writers, producers and directors primarily in the motion picture and television media along with production companies in the reality and long-form area and many top executives in the entertainment field. He also devotes a substantial amount of his time to issues concerning intellectual property, name, likeness and branding.
Prior to joining the firm as a partner in 1993, Mr. Hoberman was a partner at the entertainment law firm of Ziffren, Brittenham & Branca (now Ziffren Brittenham LLP). He also worked in the Theatrical Motion Pictures Legal Department at 20th Century Fox Film Corporation and at the firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.
As a generous contributor to Southwestern with a vested interest in student success, in 2003 he and his wife, Ellen, established the Tom and Ellen Hoberman Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide assistance to outstanding students with financial need. He also serves as co-chair of the law school's Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute Executive Board, which was established in 2009 to play a critical role in the growth of the internationally recognized Institute.
"My recent election as Chairman of the Board of Southwestern is a true honor, and I look forward to working with the exceptional Dean Garth, the committed faculty and staff, and the amazing and dedicated Board of Trustees," Mr. Hoberman stated. "Southwestern has undertaken a number of challenging initiatives which will provide ample opportunities for expansion and growth in the future. These are indeed exciting times. I am humbled by this incredible privilege."
Active in the community, Mr. Hoberman is a past President and serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Saban Free Clinic where he was honored in 2000 with the prestigious Lenny Somberg Award. In addition to earning his J.D. at Southwestern, he received his B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is a member of the California State Bar.