Michael Garfinkel and his wife, Stacey Garfinkel, were recognized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as 2023 Distinguished Leader Honorees. This award honors individuals for their sustained commitment and significant contributions to ADL. The Garfinkels were honored during ADL’s annual gala on November 1, 2023, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Over two decades ago, both Mr. and Mrs. Garfinkel were selected to participate in an ADL Leadership Institute and became Los Angeles regional board members shortly after graduating from the program. Since then, Mrs. Garfinkel has devoted her time to serving on and leading several ADL committees, while Mr. Garfinkel serves ADL in his current roles as vice chair for the Los Angeles region and as a co-chair of the Entertainment Industry Committee.
"Stacey and I are honored to receive this recognition from such an important organization,” said Mr. Garfinkel. “We have been involved with ADL for over two decades and are proud to support its critical work combatting hate and antisemitism, countering extremism, and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens."
Mr. Garfinkel is an entertainment and media litigator with more than 30 years of experience helping his clients—studios, production companies, talent agencies, advertising agencies, and artists—navigate their most challenging issues. His long-view approach, hands-on manner, and problem-solving skills have resulted in enduring client relationships. He also has a thriving practice representing a number of clients in commercial litigation.
ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism, and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.
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