Jul 08, 2024 KM&M News

KM&M Adds Renowned Entertainment Labor Lawyer David Korduner as a Partner in Los Angeles

KM&M is proud to announce that entertainment labor attorney and executive David Korduner has joined the firm as a partner in Los Angeles. Mr. Korduner has nearly 30 years of experience in the entertainment labor field, having previously held senior roles in several organizations on both the union and management sides.

Most recently, Mr. Korduner served as Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Labor Relations at KM&M’s client Fifth Season, LLC, an independent studio that finances, produces, and distributes premium scripted series, feature films, and documentaries. At Fifth Season, Mr. Korduner provided guidance regarding all union issues, including contract interpretation and compliance, served as the company’s liaison to the entertainment industry unions, handled grievances and claims, and oversaw disciplinary matters involving represented employees.

“David’s impressive experience in union relations, contract negotiations, and overseeing legal and labor issues in the entertainment industry complements our entertainment labor practice,” said Bill Zuckerman, KM&M’s Managing Partner and Entertainment Group Leader. “With David based in Los Angeles, KM&M now has an on-the-ground presence to continue building our relationships with the studios and offering superior representation. We look forward to bringing his unique industry experience and skillset to our clients.”

“The KM&M entertainment labor group is widely respected throughout the industry for its outstanding work,” said Mr. Korduner. “I’m excited to join the firm, build on its success, and grow its role in the entertainment labor space.”

Mr. Korduner was previously General Counsel and later Associate National Executive Director at the Directors Guild of America, where he spent much of his career. He was a primary participant in DGA Basic Agreement negotiations and drafting, managed internal union governance, and oversaw the Credits, Membership, Reports Compliance, Research, Residuals, Signatories, Human Resources, IT, and Legal Departments, foreign levies and the Tri-Guild Audit program. Mr. Korduner served on the Board of Trustees of the DGA Pension & Health Plans, including eight years as Co-Chair of its Legal and Delinquency Committee. Between his two stints at the DGA, Mr. Korduner spent three years as Senior Counsel, Labor Relations at ABC and Touchstone Television Productions, handling union issues across television productions and TV and radio stations, and one year as Senior Counsel, Legal Affairs at the Disney Cable Networks Group, handling production legal issues for the Disney Channel, ABC Family, and SoapNet. Mr. Korduner began his legal career as a litigation associate at Robie & Matthai in Los Angeles.

Mr. Korduner received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law; he has an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. with Honors in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Founded more than 50 years ago, KM&M represents businesses, ranging from Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, mom-and-pop shops and not-for-profit entities, with respect to all labor, employment and immigration matters. KM&M combines a dedication to its clients and their long-term interests with a common-sense appreciation that clients want nothing more than to spend their time and energy building their own businesses and pursuing their own goals rather than on what might be distracting legal problems. The hallmark of KM&M’s service to its clients is its combination of large-firm expertise and quality with boutique firm flexibility and personal service.