Joseph Kibre

Joseph Kibre is a 1975 Order of the Coif graduate of the UCLA School of Law. He received his B.A. Degree from UC Berkeley with distinction in general scholarship and completed an honors program in political science with distinction. Mr. Kibre was an NDEA Graduate Fellow at UCLA, where he received M.A. and C.Phil. Degrees in European and American history before attending law school. Mr. Kibre was admitted to practice law in California in 1975 and began the private practice of law in Los Angeles. He is a member of the bars of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Central and Eastern Districts of California.

Mr. Kibre joined his current firm, Kibre & Horwitz LLP, in 1985, where his practice has been devoted to family law and business litigation. Mr. Kibre has handled complex and high profile cases, including the successful defense of prominent family law attorney Marvin Mitchelson against a civil rape action brought by one of his former clients and made public on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Sondra Locke’s action against Clint Eastwood for “palimony” and infliction of emotional distress, and an action brought by Mohamed Al Fayed against a group of individuals for attempting to sell him forged government documents concerning the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. Mr. Kibre has handled hundreds of family law cases, including matters for actors, directors, producers and other prominent people, including Sandra Bullock, Dick Wolf (Law & Order), Bruce Helford (Drew Carey, George Lopez), former California State Controller Kathleen Connell, pianist/composer George Winston, actors Pat Morita and Julie Brown, and the spouses of Joe Eszterhas, James Brolin, Christopher Lloyd, and Ronald Meyer (co-founder of Creative Artists Agency), among others. (All of the foregoing were cases filed in courts as a matter of public record; the names of clients in matters in which there was no such public filing, including numerous premarital agreements, are not listed to protect their privacy.) Mr. Kibre has also handled sophisticated and often high profile business litigation matters for Sony Music and such “mini-major” independent motion picture production companies as Carolco Pictures Inc., Cinergi Pictures Inc., C-2 Pictures LLC, New Regency Productions, Inc. and Hyde Park Entertainment, including litigation on major motion pictures such as L.A. Confidential, Terminator 2, Rambo 3, Evita and others. Mr. Kibre has also handled numerous appeals, including one resulting in a published opinion reversing a trial court, Lefton v. Kessler, 141 Cal. App. 3d 94; 190 Cal. Rptr. 109 (1983). He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Practice Areas:
  • Family law litigation
  • Negotiating and drafting premarital and post marital agreements
  • Business disputes
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