Kris S. LeFan is an attorney skilled in advanced and creative dispute resolution (including crisis management) with an emphasis on entertainment and business law.
Mr. LeFan was raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University in Chicago, where he went on to perform at the Tony Award-winning Steppenwolf and Chicago Shakespeare theaters, among others.
Mr. LeFan earned his Juris Doctorate at the accelerated SCALE® Program at Southwestern Law School, where he founded the Student Mediation Association and lead the Trial Advocacy Honors Program team to 1st place in an ABA mock trial competition. After graduating, Mr. LeFan received his mediation certification from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law.
Since graduation, Mr. LeFan was a Certified Law Clerk for the Hardcore Gang Division, the Preliminary Hearing Unit and Major Crimes division of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, winning over a dozen preliminary hearings for the office. As a Reserve Deputy City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Criminal Division, Mr. LeFan negotiated plea deals and conducted domestic violence jury trials.
Mr. LeFan’s cases at Lowe & Associates include:
Mr. LeFan’s other notable clients include a state Supreme Court Judge, blockbuster movie star James Marsden, multi-platinum selling West Coast rap icon, Warren G, preeminent talent agency Rebel Entertainment Partners, hip hop originators Kurtis Blow, Gizmo (later “You-Can-Ask-Giz”) and Positive K, historic recording studio Hollywood Sound Recorders, street artist Louis Carreon, and living legend tattoo artist, Mark Mahoney.
Along with judging local law school moot court and mock trial competitions, Mr. LeFan is a professor of entertainment law at Relativity Film School and has been a legal commentator on NBC Sports Radio. Mr. LeFan’s pro bono work includes parole board hearings for a “lifer” in Corcoran State Prison and defending evictions of vulnerable tenants.
Mr. LeFan is also a member of the prestigious California Society of Entertainment Attorneys (CSEL), whose work includes United States Supreme Court amicus briefs, statewide legislative activities, and the strategic leveling of the playing field between artists and multinational conglomerates.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. LeFan was a Special Program Director for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where he directed a program with Sudanese refugees (“the Lost Boys”) at Sherkole Refugee Camp in Ethiopia’s Blue Nile region on how to avoid landmines and other unexploded ordinances during their repatriation. He has been cultural attache to the late Professor Donald N. Levine of the University of Chicago on peacebuilding missions in the Middle East, Africa and South America. Mr. LeFan also co-founded the Awassa Youth Campus and Peace Dojo, a community center in Southern Ethiopia, dedicated to grassroots HIV/AIDS education, gender equality and peace studies through the practice of aikido.