James A. Kindel, 93, a leading tax lawyer in Southern California and co-founder of the firm Kindel & Anderson, died March 29 of congestive heart failure and pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Kindel, a Hollywood native who grew up in Pasadena where his father owned an auto firm, graduated from UCLA and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
He later passed the exam to become a certified public accountant.
His areas of interest were tax law and trust/estate planning. He represented a number of Hollywood celebrities, including actors James Cagney, Gloria Swanson and William Boyd, who played the cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy.
With his partner, John Anderson, whom he met at Loyola, he opened Kindel & Anderson in 1953. The firm stayed in business until 1996 and, at its peak, employed more than 100 attorneys and had offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Orange County.
After Kindel & Anderson closed in 1996, he kept an office at McKenna Long & Aldridge.