High-Profile Trial Lawyer Joins Sheppard Mullin Century City as Part of Litigation Duo


Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has added two partners to the firm's Business Trial practice group: Adam F. Streisand and Nicholas J. Van Brunt.  Streisand and Van Brunt join Sheppard Mullin's Century City office from Loeb & Loeb, where Streisand chaired the firm’s Trust and Estate Litigation practice. 

Streisand is widely regarded as one of the nation's top trial attorneys, particularly in the field of private wealth disputes, including litigation involving trusts, estates and conservatorships. He is best known for his victories in courtroom battles over celebrity estates and his recent trial victory for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer vindicating his right to acquire the LA Clippers for $2 billion in litigation against Donald Sterling. Streisand has been in courtroom battles over the estates of Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Marlon Brando, Michael Crichton, Anna Nicole Smith, Rodney Dangerfield, Dennis Hopper and William Randolph Hearst. 

In addition to his law practice, he teaches other lawyers the art and science of trial work as an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and as a frequent lecturer and author. Streisand is also active in authoring probate law, including legislation he drafted at the request of the Marilyn Monroe estate, to protect the right of a celebrity’s heirs to control his or her name, image and likeness after death.

Van Brunt focuses his practice on trusts and estates litigation. His typical client matters include will and trust contests, breach of fiduciary duty cases, trustee accounting disputes, conservatorship proceedings, and civil matters involving the intersection between probate and trust law and other legal areas. Van Brunt’s clients include individual trustees or other fiduciaries, individual beneficiaries, trust companies, and financial services companies. He also has substantial general business litigation experience, including disputes arising in or relating to labor and employment, intellectual property, securities, real estate, matters of professional responsibility and liability, judgment collection, bankruptcy matters, and general breach of contract and tort actions.