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Media & Entertainment: Litigation — California


Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Superb media and First Amendment litigation practice. Handles rights of publicity and misappropriation disputes on behalf of writers and producers in film, television and other sectors of the entertainment industry, as well as libel litigation and prepublication review for news organizations. Another strength is intellectual property infringement and fair use litigation.

Strengths Sources agree that Davis Wright Tremaine is a "go-to firm for First Amendment issues."

"They are very responsive, very sharp, always willing to assist on any matter and do a very good job," says an interviewee.

Clients further report that the lawyers "know the law inside and out," "their writing is incredible" and they are "proactive at solving problems."

Work highlights Drafted an amicus brief on behalf of the Motion Picture Association of America in a lawsuit pursued against the screenwriter of 'The Hurt Locker' alleging misappropriation of the plaintiff's life story.

Co-represented CBS Interactive in a class action brought by a group of college athletes alleging that the use of their photographs on university websites was a violation of their right of publicity.

Significant clients Tribune Publishing Group, News Corporation, NBCUniversal, Showtime Networks and Electronic Arts.

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Kelli Sager is a renowned First Amendment litigator, frequently appearing at trial and appeals on behalf of news organizations and entertainment companies as well as writers and publishers. Sources describe her as "a terrific litigator" and an "incredibly smart and fabulous lawyer" who is "great in court and a terrific brief writer."

The "very talented" Alonzo Wickers has a broad media and entertainment practice. He is frequently sought out to provide prepublication reviews to traditional and digital media organizations as well as film and television producers. Clients commend his "really good judgment about media issues which come up when producing content" and say that "he is extremely responsive and a first-rate issue spotter." He also represents clients in intellectual property, fair use, rights of publicity, misappropriation and First Amendment disputes.

Cochair of the firm's media group Thomas Burke is well regarded for his extensive knowledge of media and First Amendment law, which includes particular expertise in anti-SLAPP motions. Sources state that "he is a great brief writer" and his "papers are terrific."

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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Prominent entertainment litigation offering consisting of several highly respected partners as well as a deep bench of associates. Frequently sought out to represent leading film and television studios, record companies and trade associations in complex, industry-shaping litigation. Particular strengths include copyright infringement, profit participation and antitrust litigation.

Strengths "The quality of the firm's legal work is outstanding and both the partners and associates are top-notch."

"They are incredibly diligent and solid litigators who cover a variety of subject matters. What they do best is dive right into your business and get to know it as if they are part of the business so, as the case progresses, they start to feel like colleagues not outside counsel."

Work highlights Represented various entities in the Fox Entertainment Group in connection with a dispute with the producers and actors involved in the television show 'Bones' which concerns the proper compensation owed to them as a result of the changing distribution models being utilized for television shows.

Counseled Disney, Fox, Lucasfilm and Warner Bros. in a dispute against VidAngel concerning whether the Family Movie Act could provide a defense for copyright infringement.

Significant clients Sony Pictures, Motion Picture Association of America, SoundExchange, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group.

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Sources agree that Glenn Pomerantz is "one of the top entertainment litigators in town." Clients particularly value his "excellent judgment" and say: "He is just incredibly smart and understands the business very well." He is further described as "a great counselor and superb thinker."

Kelly Klaus has "a great grasp of the business and legal issues we face," report clients. His broad entertainment practice includes representing content companies in copyright infringement claims. Sources state that he is "really good on the technical side" and note his complementary expertise in copyright law and technology.

Tamerlin Godley handles entertainment litigation, such as profit participation and intellectual property disputes, on behalf of major broadcasters, film studios, record companies and other content owners. Clients regard her as "great" and particularly value her "practical advice."

Ronald Olson is a renowned attorney with considerable experience handling disputes as well as advising on corporate transactions in the entertainment sector. He remains a highly sought-out strategic counselor for film and television studio executives and boards of directors.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Renowned group of litigators consistently engaged in high-stakes litigation for an enviable roster of entertainment, media and technology companies. Capable of handling a broad range of matters, including contractual, accounting and intellectual property disputes. Offers additional strengths in First Amendment litigation.

Strengths Clients report: "We find the firm to be very deep in our business, knowledgeable and very responsive."

The firm is frequently recommended for "big-ticket" litigation. One source comments: "For the 'bet the company' cases, having them there is a great thing."

Work highlights Advised Sony Music and Kemosabe Records on a response to a request for a preliminary injunction brought by singer Kesha seeking termination of an exclusive recording contract amid allegations of sexual assault by music producer Dr Luke.

Counseled NBCUniversal in connection with a profit participation lawsuit brought by television producer Glen Larson's loan-out company. The plaintiff sought the amendment of a net profits rider and challenged certain accounting practices.

Significant clients Sony Pictures, MGM Studios, Yahoo!, Fox, LiveJournal.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" Scott Edelman is widely viewed as "one of the best litigators in Los Angeles." Major film studios, broadcasters and record companies seek his advice and representation in highly significant litigation. Commentators describe him as "a gifted man" and note that "he not only knows the law but also the television and film business and he provides very sage advice."

Cochair of the firm's litigation practice Theodore Boutrous is regarded as an "excellent" and "outstanding" lawyer. He regularly handles high-profile and novel First Amendment litigation on behalf of clients in the technology and media sectors. He is especially well versed in disputes about contempt of court and reporter's privilege.

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Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Highly respected litigation team capable of representing talent as well as corporate clients in a wide array of disputes, including intellectual property, contractual, accounting and defamation litigation. Often represents the estates of musicians, writers and producers in disputes about the ownership and exploitation of content.

Strengths "They are excellent lawyers."

Work highlights Represented the Ray Charles Foundation in a copyright dispute with Ray Charles's children concerning who is entitled to royalties from the exploitation of Charles's musical compositions.

Advised DreamWorks Animation on the recovery of home video inventory as part of a contractual dispute with its distributor Our Alchemy. The case was complicated by Our Alchemy's subsequent bankruptcy.

Significant clients Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Golden Boy Entertainment, Toho, Hulu, the Estate of JRR Tolkien.

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Bonnie Eskenazi is a "thorough, effective and knowledgeable" attorney specializing in disputes arising in the entertainment sector. She represents corporate and individual clients as well as estates in a wide range of intellectual property, contractual and defamation disputes.

Bertram Fields remains "the dean of this area," according to commentators. His "storied practice" has seen him represent prominent major film and television studios, talent agencies, actors, writers, directors and producers in high-profile disputes.

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We are recognized as having the nation’s premier entertainment litigation practice. Our lawyers, and the results they achieve in high-stakes and high-profile lawsuits, command the respect of judges, arbitrators and potential opponents.    

Greenberg Glusker resolves client disputes involving individuals, partnerships, production companies, distributors, guilds and/or governmental agencies. We have extensive experience with issues under the California Talent Agencies Act and we counsel clients in actions for and against agents and business and personal managers.
 
If litigation is necessary, our attorneys are forceful, experienced advocates who have established important legal precedents in the entertainment industry. Our extensive experience ranges from motion picture and television to music, sports, interactive gaming, theatre and photography.


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Irell & Manella LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Notable entertainment litigation team with extensive experience handling large and business-critical disputes, including class actions, on behalf of premier clients in the film, television and digital media industries. Particular strengths in contractual, privacy, accounting and intellectual property litigation.

Strengths The firm is made up of "really fine lawyers," according to clients, who also say: "They are great in this space and you are dealing with top-level intellects."

Clients also commend its "high-level skills and experience."

"The quality of the firm's work is very good."

Work highlights Represented CBS in a class action lawsuit brought by ABS Entertainment and other plaintiffs in connection with the copyright protection of pre-1972 sound recordings.

Successfully obtained the dismissal of an appeal in a long-running dispute brought under the Video Privacy Protection Act concerning allegations that Hulu had knowingly disclosed user information to Facebook.

Significant clients Lionsgate, Home Box Office, MGM Studios, Marvel Studios, Telemundo.

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Renowned litigator Steven Marenberg often represents film studios, broadcasters, record companies and talent agencies in high-stakes contractual, antitrust, accounting and intellectual property disputes. Clients report that he does a "stellar job of finding the best approach for any given situation and then employing that."

The "very talented" Robert Schwartz is widely viewed as "one of the top litigators with regard to entertainment litigation in Los Angeles." He handles sizable intellectual property, contractual, privacy and accounting disputes. He has extensive experience of class actions and is "very good in depositions and cross-examinations."

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Jenner & Block LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Expanding entertainment team renowned for its depth and geographic coverage. Regularly engaged in some of the biggest copyright, licensing and right of publicity disputes affecting the entertainment sector. Clients include major motion picture studios, leading broadcasters, record companies and other corporations and individuals involved in the entertainment sector.

Strengths A source notes: "The lawyers are really smart. They're accessible, they're responsive and they really roll up their sleeves and learn about your business so they can answer questions in the appropriate context."

Another client concurs: "They are just really smart, and fun to work with as well. They are very good about keeping their clients informed and getting client feedback. It was just a great experience."

Work highlights Represented Window to the World Communications in a dispute concerning FilmOn X's entitlement to a compulsory license for the retransmission of broadcast television on the internet under Section 111 of the Copyright Act.

Defended rapper Jay Z in a copyright infringement lawsuit concerning his song 'Big Pimpin'.'

Significant clients 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros. and MGM Studios, Universal Music Group, IMG Entertainment.

Notable practitioners

Richard Stone is described as "an outstanding litigator" by market commentators. He represents major motion picture studios and broadcasters in high-profile disputes, including appeals. He has successfully handled many of the largest copyright disputes affecting the entertainment sector.

Anthony Basich does "a terrific job" in a wide array of entertainment disputes, including profit participation, antitrust, intellectual property and content ownership disputes. Recently, he assisted Fox Broadcasting Company with its intervention in a dispute challenging the National Collegiate Athletic Association's practices for governing the payment of student athletes in order to protect confidential business information.

Andrew Thomas's entertainment practice includes a particular emphasis on intellectual property disputes, including trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation. He recently represented Universal Studios in a dispute with former NASA engineer Homer Hickam relating to the movie 'October Sky,' which Hickman claims breaches his right of publicity.

Daniel Rozansky frequently handles intellectual property disputes on behalf of content creators and owners. His additional areas of expertise include antitrust, accounting, right of publicity and First Amendment litigation. He also provides pre-broadcast and litigation-avoidance counsel to television and film writers and producers.

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Lavely & Singer PC - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Formidable entertainment boutique dedicated to representing high-profile individuals in sensitive disputes. Frequently instructed by clients facing considerable media scrutiny. Areas of strength include contractual, right of publicity, privacy, defamation and intellectual property litigation.

Strengths Commentators agree that Lavely & Singer is "one of the preeminent talent firms in the media and entertainment space."

It handles "a very large amount of entertainment litigation and high-profile cases."

Notable practitioners

Martin Singer remains "a very significant player in the industry." His formidable reputation as "a go-to pit bull" makes him a strong choice for very contentious disputes. "His strength is in representing people facing negative publicity," according to interviewees. Another commentator explains: "When Marty comes into a case, people take notice."

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Long history of handling entertainment litigation on behalf of high-profile individuals and companies. Particularly prominent for its representation of major motion picture studios. Experienced in a wide range of disputes, including contractual, intellectual property, profit participation and defamation litigation.

Strengths Clients commend "the quality of the firm's work."

Work highlights Represented Fox Broadcasting in trademark infringement litigation relating to the television show 'Empire.' The case was successfully dismissed following First Amendment arguments.

Counseled Kesha in a long-running contractual dispute with music producer Dr. Luke and his record label.

Significant clients Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros, Top Rank, SiriusXM Radio, Live Nation.

Notable practitioners

The "superb" Daniel Petrocelli handles a wide range of disputes arising in the entertainment, media and sports sectors, including contractual, intellectual property and First Amendment litigation. "He is incredible," enthuses one client, continuing: "He is smart, practical and has a brilliant grasp of our business and the legal issues we face."

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Boies Schiller Flexner LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Litigates a broad array of cases on behalf of leading broadcasters, film studios and digital content companies. Well versed in contract, intellectual property, employment and profit participation litigation. Experienced in appeals as well as initial trials and pre-litigation counseling.

Strengths Clients report that the firm's work is "really valuable because of the quality of service as well as the price point at which they deliver that."

Work highlights Successfully represented Paramount Pictures and its predecessor DreamWorks in the defence of an appeal brought by Worldwide Subsidy Group. The appeal challenged a lower court's decision in a contractual dispute concerning an exhibition about DreamWorks' movies and television shows.

Represented TMZ Productions in a defamation and breach of privacy dispute with politician Craig Schelske concerning TMZ's reporting about his divorce from country singer Sara Evans.

Significant clients Hulu, Twentieth Century Fox, Outfront Media, CBS Broadcasting, Viacom.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Caldwell provides "very high-quality" counsel to entertainment companies in a wide array of disputes, including contractual, intellectual property and employment litigation. "In terms of ability and experience, I think the world of him," says one source.

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Glaser, Weil, Fink, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Experienced litigators well known for representing talent and other high-profile individuals and companies involved in the entertainment industry. Well versed in the full range of disputes arising in the context of content creation and exploitation. Areas of expertise include contractual disputes, intellectual property, defamation and profit participation.

Strengths A client applauds "the way they work as a team and work across the board with a wide range of clients," adding: "They are constantly in a position to provide sage advice."

Work highlights Represented a number of companies owned by Mark Cuban, including Rysher Entertainment, in a dispute with Cox Communications concerning indemnity for third-party claims. The liability arose following an allegation that the client had failed to pay Don Johnson his share of the profits from 'Nash Bridges'.

Acted on behalf of Susan Sarandon in a lawsuit against her former business manager alleging professional malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty after he invested her money in a real estate partnership also managed by him.

Significant clients William Morris Endeavor, Sony Pictures, Fremantle Media, Sweetpea Entertainment, Atticus Entertainment.

Notable practitioners

Patricia Glaser is a renowned litigator and trial lawyer with extensive experience in entertainment disputes. She receives particular praise for her tenacity, with one source noting: "She is a very vigorous advocate - a very good lawyer."

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Highly respected group of litigators with extensive experience advising media and entertainment companies on a wide array of disputes, including intellectual property, accounting, contractual, employment and First Amendment claims. Also frequently advises on litigation avoidance during the early stages of film and television production.

Strengths Clients comment that the team has "great experience" and "good business sense."

Work highlights Acted for DIRECTV in a lawsuit brought by Steven Friedman and FSZ Media alleging that the plaintiffs' idea for a fantasy sports television network had been used without fair compensation and credit.

Represented Robert Rodriguez in a dispute with ITN FLIX concerning the movies 'Machete' and 'Machete Kills' and a competitor's contract to produce a film franchise also starring Danny Trejo.

Significant clients Lionsgate Entertainment, Endemol Shine Group, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Starz Media.

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David Halberstadter represents television and motion picture companies in the full range of entertainment disputes, including intellectual property, contractual and antitrust litigation. He also provides litigation avoidance review on film and television scripts. Sources say that "he is a brilliant and hard-working lawyer." Furthermore, "his technical skills are top-notch" and "he is very easy to deal with," reports one client.

The "terrific" Joel Weiner is "thorough" and a "good trial lawyer," according to commentators. He provides litigation counsel to high-profile individuals and leading companies in the entertainment sector. He is especially well versed in the use of anti-SLAPP motions and other preliminary injunctions to obtain early dismissal of entertainment lawsuits.

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Kendall, Brill & Kelly LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Compact litigation boutique capable of representing sizable media and entertainment companies, including major motion picture studios and top broadcasters. Experienced in handling disputes about entertainment finance, content production and distribution as well as intellectual property claims.

Work highlights Defended Paramount Pictures in a fraud and unjust enrichment lawsuit brought by various hedge funds and reinsurance funds who had invested in a slate of movies produced by the motion picture studio.

Counseled Current TV and Al Gore, its previous owner, in a dispute arising from the sale of Current to Al Jazeera. The plaintiff, a consultant, claimed entitlement to a finder's fee.

Significant clients Ascent Media Group, Nickelodeon, Viacom, Hans Zimmer, Outfront Media.

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According to commentators, Richard Kendall is "a smart lawyer and a good advocate in court." He is active in a wide range of entertainment disputes, including appellate and arbitration proceedings. His litigation expertise is sought out by key players in the media and entertainment industry, including major motion picture studios and leading broadcasters.

The "very high-quality" Bert Deixler has extensive experience handling disputes on behalf of companies and high net worth individuals in the entertainment sector. His areas of expertise include contractual, copyright and employment litigation. "In terms of ability and experience, I think the world of him," enthuses one source.

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Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Highly respected litigators serving an enviable list of corporate and individual clients, with extensive experience representing well-known recording artists. Capable of handling the full range of contractual and intellectual property disputes including allegations of idea theft.

Strengths "All of them are great," report clients, who also say: "They are really customer service-oriented and the work product is great."

Another source states: "They are passionate about their work for clients and care about facilitating their clients’ business success. This partnership mentality is important to us."

Work highlights Represented Justin Bieber in a copyright dispute concerning the song 'Somebody to Love', which is alleged to copy the lyrics and rhythm of an earlier song of the same title written in 2008 by the plaintiffs.

Advised SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in connection with a series of lawsuits concerning the advertising and allegedly false communications about the welfare of the killer whales at its three parks.

Significant clients Warner Chappell Music, Creative Artists Agency, Mattel, the Kardashian sisters, Nickelback.

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Dale Kinsella is considered "an extremely bright and extremely capable" attorney who represents high-profile individuals and corporations in the entertainment industry. He has particular experience in profit participation and intellectual property disputes.

Michael Kump has a broad entertainment practice which includes handling complex contractual and intellectual property disputes. "He has the knowledge and understanding of the law but also provides outstanding counsel," comments one client, continuing: "He is enormously capable of understanding the multiple dimensions of a problem."

Managing partner Lawrence Iser is described by one client as "a highly skilled lawyer who is also really good at strategy." This source continues: "He has a good command of the law but also a really good knowledge of our company and can come up with solutions oriented to our company." He represents notable recording artists as well as media and entertainment companies in a wide range of disputes about the ownership and exploitation of content.

Howard Weitzman has a strong track record in handling complex entertainment disputes on behalf of recording artists and other high-profile individuals in the entertainment sector. Market sources describe him as "a great negotiator" and note that "he is a great strategist when it comes to deciding how you want to play things. He is very good at trials and very good at speaking to juries."

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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Broad entertainment practice catering to large and small entertainment companies as well as individuals. Extensive experience in intellectual property litigation, including copyright infringement and idea theft claims. Additional areas of expertise include contractual and employment disputes.

Strengths One client comments: "I like their approach - they are practical, smart and efficient."

"MSK provides high-level legal services for cases that are big and small."

Work highlights Advised Blizzard Entertainment on a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by a former employee in connection with the use of her voice as part of the video game 'World of Warcraft'.

Represented Lightstorm Entertainment, the film production company founded by James Cameron, in a long-running idea theft dispute concerning the film franchise 'Avatar'.

Significant clients Fox Television Studios, Recording Industry Association of America, Ultra International Music Publishing, Timbaland.

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Russell Frackman has earned a reputation as "a legend in this area" due to his years of experience counseling companies in the music industry. He is particularly proficient in intellectual property disputes and recently represented the Recording Industry Association of America in high-profile litigation concerning the copyright protection afforded to sound recordings made before 1972.

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Experienced litigators proficient in a wide range of media and entertainment disputes, including profit participation, intellectual property, defamation, distribution and licensing. Services prominent film studios, television networks and production companies as well as individual talent.

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Marty Katz is "a pretty shrewd strategist," according to one client, who continues: "He is a very sharp, very clear thinker." His broad entertainment expertise includes accounting, contractual and intellectual property litigation.

The "terrific" James Chadwick specializes in media and First Amendment litigation, which includes representing defendants in defamation actions. He also advises on access to information and intellectual property issues. Sources describe him as "smart" and "helpful," and note that "he is clearly an expert in the field."

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Handles major entertainment litigation including libel, copyright, contractual and profit participation matters. Particularly well known for representing talent but also sought out by large companies in the film, television, music and digital arenas. DLA Piper recently merged with the previously ranked Liner LLP.

Notable practitioners

Larry Stein is a seasoned entertainment litigator particularly well known for representing talent, including actors, writers, directors and producers, in disputes with studios. He has been at the forefront of vertical integration litigation for many years and is also proficient in copyright infringement disputes. Sources describe him as "a knowledgeable, passionate and courageous attorney with excellent legal reasoning complemented by a healthy dose of humanity."

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Highly respected litigators advising individuals and corporate clients involved in the entertainment sector. Able to handle disputes of all sizes, including jury trials and class actions. Areas of expertise include contractual, copyright, accounting and First Amendment litigation.

Strengths One client reports: "The firm does a very good job for us." Another agrees: "I think highly of the firm."

Work highlights Defended Jim Caviezel against allegations that he made unauthorized use of a photograph that fashion photographer TC Reiner had taken.

Represented WME | IMG in a lawsuit brought by children's author Nick Katsoris alleging copyright infringement and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with his pitch for a television show in which children would meet celebrities.

Significant clients Oracle, Cory Rooney, Roseanne Barr.

Notable practitioners

Andrew White advises a diverse group of clients in the entertainment sector on litigation, including intellectual property, antitrust and defamation disputes. He is experienced in trial representation, including appearing before juries.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation

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What the team is known for Well-regarded litigators with considerable experience representing clients in the entertainment sector. Consistently involved in significant contractual and intellectual property disputes on behalf of content creators and distributors.

Strengths Clients comment that the firm provides "fast and comprehensive advice in legal matters."

Work highlights Advised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in connection with litigation aimed at preventing the resale of tickets to the Academy Awards ceremony.

Represented Film Finances in connection with a dispute concerning the financing of the movie 'Fallen'. The principal lender, Comerica Bank, argued that the picture was not delivered properly thus making Film Finances liable for distribution fees.

Significant clients DreamWorks Animation, YouTube, Activision Blizzard, DIRECTV, United Talent Agency.

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Gary Gans handles significant litigation and arbitration involving the financing, production and exploitation of film and television content. Clients report: "We were very impressed about his ability to develop an overall tactic for the case and not only focus on the current proceedings. This ability to have a broader view on the case enables a suitable and fast solution for both parties."

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Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bertram Fields remains "the dean of this area," according to commentators. His "storied practice" has seen him represent prominent major film and television studios, talent agencies, actors, writers, directors and producers in high-profile disputes.

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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Olson is a renowned attorney with considerable experience handling disputes as well as advising on corporate transactions in the entertainment sector. He remains a highly sought-out strategic counselor for film and television studio executives and boards of directors.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Scott Edelman is widely viewed as "one of the best litigators in Los Angeles." Major film studios, broadcasters and record companies seek his advice and representation in highly significant litigation. Commentators describe him as "a gifted man" and note that "he not only knows the law but also the television and film business and he provides very sage advice."

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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Russell Frackman has earned a reputation as "a legend in this area" due to his years of experience counseling companies in the music industry. He is particularly proficient in intellectual property disputes and recently represented the Recording Industry Association of America in high-profile litigation concerning the copyright protection afforded to sound recordings made before 1972.

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Glaser, Weil, Fink, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Patricia Glaser is a renowned litigator and trial lawyer with extensive experience in entertainment disputes. She receives particular praise for her tenacity, with one source noting: "She is a very vigorous advocate - a very good lawyer."

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Richard B Kendall

Kendall, Brill & Kelly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to commentators, Richard Kendall is "a smart lawyer and a good advocate in court." He is active in a wide range of entertainment disputes, including appellate and arbitration proceedings. His litigation expertise is sought out by key players in the media and entertainment industry, including major motion picture studios and leading broadcasters.

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Irell & Manella LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Renowned litigator Steven Marenberg often represents film studios, broadcasters, record companies and talent agencies in high-stakes contractual, antitrust, accounting and intellectual property disputes. Clients report that he does a "stellar job of finding the best approach for any given situation and then employing that."

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Daniel Petrocelli

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "superb" Daniel Petrocelli handles a wide range of disputes arising in the entertainment, media and sports sectors, including contractual, intellectual property and First Amendment litigation. "He is incredible," enthuses one client, continuing: "He is smart, practical and has a brilliant grasp of our business and the legal issues we face."

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Glenn D Pomerantz

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources agree that Glenn Pomerantz is "one of the top entertainment litigators in town." Clients particularly value his "excellent judgment" and say: "He is just incredibly smart and understands the business very well." He is further described as "a great counselor and superb thinker."

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Irell & Manella LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very talented" Robert Schwartz is widely viewed as "one of the top litigators with regard to entertainment litigation in Los Angeles." He handles sizable intellectual property, contractual, privacy and accounting disputes. He has extensive experience of class actions and is "very good in depositions and cross-examinations."

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Lavely & Singer PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Singer remains "a very significant player in the industry." His formidable reputation as "a go-to pit bull" makes him a strong choice for very contentious disputes. "His strength is in representing people facing negative publicity," according to interviewees. Another commentator explains: "When Marty comes into a case, people take notice."

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Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bonnie Eskenazi is a "thorough, effective and knowledgeable" attorney specializing in disputes arising in the entertainment sector. She represents corporate and individual clients as well as estates in a wide range of intellectual property, contractual and defamation disputes.

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marty Katz is "a pretty shrewd strategist," according to one client, who continues: "He is a very sharp, very clear thinker." His broad entertainment expertise includes accounting, contractual and intellectual property litigation.

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Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dale Kinsella is considered "an extremely bright and extremely capable" attorney who represents high-profile individuals and corporations in the entertainment industry. He has particular experience in profit participation and intellectual property disputes.

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Munger, Tolles & Olson

From the Chambers USA guide

Kelly Klaus has "a great grasp of the business and legal issues we face," report clients. His broad entertainment practice includes representing content companies in copyright infringement claims. Sources state that he is "really good on the technical side" and note his complementary expertise in copyright law and technology.

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Stanton 'Larry' Stein

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Larry Stein is a seasoned entertainment litigator particularly well known for representing talent, including actors, writers, directors and producers, in disputes with studios. He has been at the forefront of vertical integration litigation for many years and is also proficient in copyright infringement disputes. Sources describe him as "a knowledgeable, passionate and courageous attorney with excellent legal reasoning complemented by a healthy dose of humanity."

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Stone is described as "an outstanding litigator" by market commentators. He represents major motion picture studios and broadcasters in high-profile disputes, including appeals. He has successfully handled many of the largest copyright disputes affecting the entertainment sector.

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Marshall B Grossman

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marshall Grossman of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is "an excellent litigator" who continues to be sought out by high-profile individuals who are often under significant media scrutiny. Recently, he handled Billy Bush's exit negotiations from NBC's 'Today' show in the wake of recordings of a conversation between Donald Trump and Bush.

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marvin Putnam is "an excellent lawyer" who is establishing an impressive entertainment litigation practice at Latham & Watkins LLP. He handles sizable commercial and intellectual property disputes on behalf of premier entertainment companies.

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Kenneth Steinthal

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Steinthal of King & Spalding LLP is "a very talented lawyer," according to one source, who continues: "He is smart, well prepared, hard-working and knows the business." Another commentator describes him as "a fantastic resource" and says that he is "an incredible attorney, very practical and very connected." He has established a particular expertise in music licensing, including Copyright Board proceedings and antitrust consent decrees.

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lincoln Bandlow of Fox Rothschild LLP is "an excellent lawyer," according to commentators. He is well versed in handling intellectual property and right of publicity claims. He is also regularly involved in First Amendment litigation, including anti-SLAPP proceedings.

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Basich does "a terrific job" in a wide array of entertainment disputes, including profit participation, antitrust, intellectual property and content ownership disputes. Recently, he assisted Fox Broadcasting Company with its intervention in a dispute challenging the National Collegiate Athletic Association's practices for governing the payment of student athletes in order to protect confidential business information.

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Christopher Caldwell

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Caldwell provides "very high-quality" counsel to entertainment companies in a wide array of disputes, including contractual, intellectual property and employment litigation. "In terms of ability and experience, I think the world of him," says one source.

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Kendall, Brill & Kelly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very high-quality" Bert Deixler has extensive experience handling disputes on behalf of companies and high net worth individuals in the entertainment sector. His areas of expertise include contractual, copyright and employment litigation. "In terms of ability and experience, I think the world of him," enthuses one source.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Gans handles significant litigation and arbitration involving the financing, production and exploitation of film and television content. Clients report: "We were very impressed about his ability to develop an overall tactic for the case and not only focus on the current proceedings. This ability to have a broader view on the case enables a suitable and fast solution for both parties."

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Michael B. Garfinkel

Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very bright" and "very effective" Michael Garfinkel of Perkins Coie LLP is especially well regarded for his representation of talent and management agencies. He is described by market sources as "very knowledgeable" as well as "smart, thoughtful and a pleasure to work with."

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Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tamerlin Godley handles entertainment litigation, such as profit participation and intellectual property disputes, on behalf of major broadcasters, film studios, record companies and other content owners. Clients regard her as "great" and particularly value her "practical advice."

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David Halberstadter

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Halberstadter represents television and motion picture companies in the full range of entertainment disputes, including intellectual property, contractual and antitrust litigation. He also provides litigation avoidance review on film and television scripts. Sources say that "he is a brilliant and hard-working lawyer." Furthermore, "his technical skills are top-notch" and "he is very easy to deal with," reports one client.

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Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Managing partner Lawrence Iser is described by one client as "a highly skilled lawyer who is also really good at strategy." This source continues: "He has a good command of the law but also a really good knowledge of our company and can come up with solutions oriented to our company." He represents notable recording artists as well as media and entertainment companies in a wide range of disputes about the ownership and exploitation of content.

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Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Jacobs of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP represents an enviable list of clients in the music industry in a wide range of intellectual property and commercial disputes. A client comments that he is "very knowledgeable, practical and pleasant to work with." Another source states: "He is very easy to work with and very smart. He is fast to respond, articulate and he writes well."

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Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Kump has a broad entertainment practice which includes handling complex contractual and intellectual property disputes. "He has the knowledge and understanding of the law but also provides outstanding counsel," comments one client, continuing: "He is enormously capable of understanding the multiple dimensions of a problem."

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Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Nessim of Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow PC chiefly counsels producers, directors, actors and writers in disputes with studios. He has particular expertise in handling sizable profit participation disputes.

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Robins Kaplan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Passin of Robins Kaplan LLP predominantly represents musical artists in contractual, auditing and intellectual property disputes. He is also well versed in litigation involving film and television projects, including profit participation disputes.

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Leopold, Petrich & Smith PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Louis Petrich of Leopold, Petrich & Smith PA is regarded by market commentators as "a good lawyer" and simply "an amazing guy." His extensive entertainment litigation practice involves a focus on right of publicity, intellectual property and First Amendment disputes, and he is particularly active in lawsuits involving insurance companies.

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Rozansky frequently handles intellectual property disputes on behalf of content creators and owners. His additional areas of expertise include antitrust, accounting, right of publicity and First Amendment litigation. He also provides pre-broadcast and litigation-avoidance counsel to television and film writers and producers.

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Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Taylor of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz is widely regarded as "an excellent lawyer." He handles sensitive entertainment disputes on behalf of individuals as well as domestic and foreign corporations. His capabilities include trial advocacy as well as pre-litigation counseling. He recently joined the firm from Liner LLP.

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Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Thomas's entertainment practice includes a particular emphasis on intellectual property disputes, including trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation. He recently represented Universal Studios in a dispute with former NASA engineer Homer Hickam relating to the movie 'October Sky,' which Hickman claims breaches his right of publicity.

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Joel Weiner is "thorough" and a "good trial lawyer," according to commentators. He provides litigation counsel to high-profile individuals and leading companies in the entertainment sector. He is especially well versed in the use of anti-SLAPP motions and other preliminary injunctions to obtain early dismissal of entertainment lawsuits.

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Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Weitzman has a strong track record in handling complex entertainment disputes on behalf of recording artists and other high-profile individuals in the entertainment sector. Market sources describe him as "a great negotiator" and note that "he is a great strategist when it comes to deciding how you want to play things. He is very good at trials and very good at speaking to juries."

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew White advises a diverse group of clients in the entertainment sector on litigation, including intellectual property, antitrust and defamation disputes. He is experienced in trial representation, including appearing before juries.

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