Matthew Rosengart and David Cowan

At midnight on a hot Thursday in July, at the David Kempinski Hotel in Tel Aviv, Matthew Rosengart was poring over a legal brief in the lobby. A litigator and shareholder of Greenberg Traurig law firm, who rose to prominence on behalf of Britney Spears in the court battle to end her 13-year guardianship, Rosengart has traveled to Israel to speak to a group of lawyers at Tel Aviv University. give a speech. Not a holiday per se—“I’m really honored to be speaking in Israel,” he points out—Rosengart rarely lets himself relax, so focused on his list of high-profile clients in and out, from Verizon and Michael Mann to Sean Penn, and director of the entertainment industry, Penn Community Relief Effort (CORE), a nonprofit that he co-founded after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

“Go back to work for justice [David] Souter worked as a paralegal in my first job out of law school, then in the Justice Department—even based on the literature and art I consumed wildly in my youth, from “To Kill a Mockingbird” to “Sentence” And even the great play about Sir Thomas More ‘A Man Who Can Be All Seasons’ – I always romanticize the law as a noble calling and a profession,” said Rosengart, who will present Honored by the Beverly Hills Bar on September 21. For its Distinguished Advocacy Award.

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Advocate is what Rosengart does — and it’s fierce. His work ethic is unmatched.

“Vince Lombardi once said ‘Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,’ put that in the context of the law, the client, and winning a case, and they trust you,” said Rosengart, a Long Island native who lives in Los Angeles. “It’s A huge trust and bond, and I always felt like I had a big, overriding responsibility to the client.”

Where this tireless dedication comes from, Rosengart can’t point to just one factor, but a combination of the two: “Whether it was out of wanting to prove myself to my father who died when I was 13, or keeping up with my heart The pace of the Surgeon Brothers, choosing it came from Justice Souter, or just in DNA — probably all of the above.”

The honors will continue this fall when Rosengart travels to Dublin, Ireland to receive the prestigious Trinity College Praeses Elite Award, a rare honor previously awarded to musician-turned-humanitarian Bob Geldof and former President FW de Klerk and other global celebrities in South Africa.

Rosengart said the honors were both “extraordinary” and “humbling” and that his professional priority will always be the sole pursuit of justice.

“Every client and case on my docket is important to me,” he continued. “In terms of new cases and clients, I’m always interested in fighting for my beliefs, and when that’s combined with the interests of justice and the beliefs of a client or prospect, that’s the Holy Grail.”

David Cowan

On September 21, the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) will honor Superintendent Judge David Cowan of the Civil Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court with the Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence, honored after the former president of the California Supreme Court. named justice.

The event will take place on the outdoor patio in Maybourne, Beverly Hills.

“No matter what kind of excellence I’ve shown, it’s largely due to the excellence of my colleagues in the Civil Division,” said Cowan, whose numerous responsibilities include running the overall Los Angeles County-wide trial allocation calendar.

“I was surrounded by amazing talent, energy, commitment and diversity,” added Cowan, who was named to the bench by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014.

A native of London, Cowan is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School and a member of the California Judicial Council’s Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee. One of Cowan’s most famous cases revolved around the then-nine-year-old billionaire media mogul Sumner Redstone and his psychic abilities.

“I’m not from a poor background, but rather privileged,” Cowan said. “However, does it surprise me sometimes that I’m a judge in this country? It’s not something that happens in many other countries, and it shows that we are still an open society.”

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