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1st Century Bank, A. Wallace Tashima, Akin Gump, Alan Rothenberg, Alex Kozinski, Bet Tzedek, Bet Tzedek Legal Services – The House of Justice, Daniel David Dydzak, Eric George of 1st Century Bank / Institute of Governmental Studies / Bet Tzedek, Girardi & Keese, Holly Fujie, Howard Rice, Jerome Falk, O’Melveny & Myers, Rabbi Stan Levy, Rex Heinke, Ronald George, Thomas Girardi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Richard Rothenberg Background (TLR Note: Presumably Relative of “The Banker” Alan Rothenberg Connection to Eric George, Girardi & Keese, Bet Tzedek, — May be of Interest to Legal Scholar Dan Dydzak)

Richard Rothenberg’s Summary

Prior to joining 1CB in July of 2004, Richard Rothenberg had an extensive background in business operations, finance and law. His business and finance work included jobs in business development with Warner Bros., finance with the Walt Disney Company, operations with Launch Media and as a business consultant with Jersey Films. He worked as a litigator for the law firms of Browne, Woods & George and Glancy, Binkow & Goldberg. Mr. Rothenberg has an MBA degree and a JD degree, both from the University of Southern California and a B.A. from Brown University. He is a graduate of the Harvard School (now Harvard Westlake) and participates in its annual alumni fund-raising drive. He has served as a member of the planning committee for the Justice Ball, an annual fundraiser for Bet Tzedek Legal Services. As a fundraiser for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (“MJFF”), he has helped raise over $10 million for the “A Sunny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s” Los Angeles-area fundraisers over the last several years. He has served on the MJFF Patient Council since its inception in March 2009.


Private Commercial Banking, Business Development/Sales/Relationship Management, Strategic Planning

Richard Rothenberg’s Experience

Managing Director

1st Century Bank

July 2004Present (7 years 6 months)

Richie Rothenberg works as Managing Director of 1st Century Bank, a private commercial bank located in Century City, where he works extensively with Senior Management and the Private Banking Team to identify and develop customers. He also works closely with and oversees the relationship management of key customers and participates in the strategic growth, direction and development of the company.

Partnership; 51-200 employees; Law Practice industry

November 2003July 2004 (9 months)

Attorney with law firm specializing in all areas of commercial litigation. Extensive research and drafting of legal memoranda; drafting of law and motion documents for multi-million dollar contract dispute; making numerous appearances in the United States Bankruptcy Court and Superior Court of California, for, among other things, ex parte application hearings, lead plaintiff appointment hearings and bankruptcy hearings; and preparing business analyses for numerous civil litigation actions.


Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP

November 2001November 2003 (2 years 1 month)

Attorney with law firm specializing in class action lawsuits for shareholder and consumer fraud. Extensive drafting of legal memoranda and law and motion documents, including class certification motions, oppositions to motions to dismiss, and settlement documents; taking and defending of depositions – in California, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan – of named individual defendants and key witnesses and lead plaintiffs in securities and consumer class action suits; making numerous court appearances in Federal Court in the Central and Northern Districts of California, the Northern District of Illinois, the United States Bankruptcy Court in Illinois, as well as Superior Court of California, for, among others, discovery hearings, complex designation hearings, bankruptcy hearings and lead plaintiff appointment hearings; representing clients in settlement discussions, negotiations and mediations; and preparing business analyses for numerous civil litigation actions.

Vice President, Content (Live Music)


November 2000May 2001 (7 months)

Product Manager for Vans Warped Tour live concert business (over 30 bands & 12 extreme sports athletes in 45 markets.) Developed marketing plan, managed P&L, developed operational budget & forecast for business with over $10 Million in revenues. Negotiated deal points with vendors, including a marketing and ticketing partnership with Ticketmaster. Managed team of employees dedicated to Vans Warped Tour business, including finance, legal, sales, press and marketing teams.

Vice President, Business Development

Digital Brandcasting

June 2000November 2000 (6 months)

Member of transition team to prepare musical artists digital management company (clients including Will Smith and Alanis Morissette , among others) for merger with public and private company prospective partners. Prepared business overview and profile, including financial statements of operations and business valuation. Negotiated terms of sponsorship and programming opportunities for clients. Worked closely with CEO/Founder Ken Hertz

Manager, Business Development

Warner Bros.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; TWX; Entertainment industry

February 2000June 2000 (5 months)

Negotiated business deal points and wrote term sheets for content, community and commerce features of Warner Bros.’ entertainment websites (including content deal with Chuck Jones, community deal with Talk City and development of Warner Bros. Live Concert Series). Worked closely with top management in development and implementation of content partnerships and equity investments.

Senior Financial Analyst, Finance and Planning

The Walt Disney Company

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; DIS; Entertainment industry

August 1999January 2000 (6 months)

Strategic planning, research and analysis of Disney Consumer Products business units, focused on the $350 Million licensing business. Prepared board of director meeting notes for consumer products business division. Prepared economic profit models for DCP’s lines of business.

Business Consultant

Jersey Films

January 1999May 1999 (5 months)

Wrote business plan for entertainment Internet venture. Developed business strategies and operations timeline for Internet venture and other Jersey Films new media developments. Worked closely with Jersey Films principals Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. Received offer of full-time employment.

Summer Associate, New York

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

May 1998August 1998 (4 months)

Researched and wrote legal memoranda, conducted due diligence and drafted documents for corporate practice group. Concentrated on real estate transactions and telecommunications mergers. Maintained direct communication with clients. Received offer of full-time employment in NY & LA offices.

Partnership; 201-500 employees; Law Practice industry

May 1997August 1997 (4 months)

Researched and wrote legal memoranda and supported collective bargaining sessions for labor practice group. Researched and wrote legal points and authorities for high profile civil litigation judgment enforcement. Drafted corporate documents. Received offer to return for 2nd summer.

Law Clerk

Girardi & Keese

Partnership; 51-200 employees; Law Practice industry

May 1996May 1997 (1 year 1 month)

Law Clerk to Tom Girardi. Researched and wrote memoranda, wrote papers of law and motion for numerous civil litigation actions.

Richard Rothenberg’s Education

University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business



University of Southern California Law School



Brown University



Harvard School



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