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Media & Entertainment: Litigation — California


Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation Department

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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. Offers significant expertise in breach of privacy and anti-SLAPP litigation. Another strength is intellectual property infringement and fair use litigation.

Strengths Clients value the firm's "practical point of view," explaining that "they always find creative solutions. The team is the best at what they do."

One client reports: "I received the highest level of service on all fronts - the quality of written work, quality of oral argument, responsiveness and communication."

Work highlights Defended Universal Pictures in a right-of-publicity, unfair competition and false advertising lawsuit relating to the movie 'American Made', which was brought by the ex-wife and estate executor of the key figure depicted in the movie.

Represented American Media, which publishes the National Enquirer and RadarOnline, in a libel and invasion of privacy lawsuit brought by Richard Simmons.

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The "brilliant" Kelli Sager is renowned for her expertise in First Amendment litigation and has extensive experience representing traditional and new media organizations, including newspapers, publishers and broadcasters, in trials and appeals at the state and federal levels. Sources describe her as "the go-to person in Los Angeles for both online and traditional work." Clients appreciate that she is "obviously intelligent, but also practical-minded, very experienced and knows the players in the courts very well." Her wide-ranging expertise includes defamation, breach of privacy and copyright infringement.

The "absolutely excellent" Alonzo Wickers has a broad media and entertainment practice, with experience in intellectual property, right of publicity, invasion of privacy and libel litigation. He is also sought by major news organizations and entertainment companies to provide prepublication review. Clients regard him as "an exceptional lawyer" and an "invaluable partner," with one source adding: "He is quick to respond and I have the utmost trust in his advice."

Thomas Burke acts in a broad range of First Amendment matters on behalf of media and entertainment companies. He is "really good at anti-SLAPP law," sources report, and he is also respected for his expertise in Freedom of Information Act cases. His expertise also includes privacy, right of publicity and defamation matters. One client describes him as "excellent, incisive, very knowledgeable about the law, creative, diligent and always responsive," and adds: "The written work by Tom and his associates is always top notch, persuasive, clean and concise. Tom is an aggressive litigator, but not heedless."

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

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What the team is known for Prominent in entertainment litigation with 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. Experienced in handling class actions and internal investigations.

Strengths Clients describe the firm as "really thorough, responsive, incredibly hard-working and hard-charging."

Work highlights Represented the Motion Picture Association of America in a putative class action concerning the rating of movies featuring tobacco imagery.

Defended Time Warner and its subsidiaries in litigation alleging that the company stole the idea for the talk show 'The Real' in violation of the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

Notable practitioners

Ronald Olson has a wealth of experience representing clients in the entertainment industry in litigation as well as corporate transactions. Clients say he is "all-around strong in litigation tactics and knowledge."

The "extremely bright" Glenn Pomerantz represents movie studios and television networks in a wide variety of disputes, including intellectual property, breach of contract and profit participation lawsuits. One client describes him as "really smart, really easy to work with and creative," and additionally highlights his "really great courtroom manner." Another client notes that "he is extremely bright, has a lot of experience and brings confidence to any litigation, so we know we are in good hands."

Kelly Klaus frequently represents major motion picture studios in high-profile litigation. He is particularly active in intellectual property disputes, and clients consider him to be a "go-to guy on copyright issues." He is "timely, thoughtful and courteous," according to one client, who adds that "he is also a very good writer."

Tamerlin Godley handles a wide range of entertainment disputes on behalf of movie studios, television networks and recording companies. One client describes her as "an excellent lawyer," and explains: "I trust her judgment and she gives very practical advice."

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

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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, as well as particular profit participation litigation. Offers additional strength in First Amendment litigation.

Strengths Clients consider it to be "a strong practice," and one source says: "I trust the firm with our most significant cases."

Work highlights Represented Universal Music Group in litigation concerning rescission of a licensing agreement with the estate of the artist Prince following discovery that the rights sold to UMG were already held by Warner Bros. Records.

Represented MGM in a class action brought by movie writers, producers, directors and actors alleging that the company had failed to account properly for home video revenues in calculating their profit participation interests.

Notable practitioners

Scott Edelman acts in a wide variety of disputes, including copyright, contractual and accounting claims. His impressive client roster includes record companies, music publishers, television networks and technology companies. Clients appreciate that he "commands attention and handles himself well, and is very experienced in the entertainment business," adding: "You always want people who can solve problems, which is why we go to him."

Theodore Boutrous is a highly regarded appellate litigation specialist, with a wealth of experience representing media companies and journalists in high-profile First Amendment disputes. His expertise includes reporter's privilege, defamation and access cases.

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Irell & Manella LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation Department

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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. Also increasingly offers counsel to clients in the video game and technology industries. Renowned for its expertise in intellectual property litigation, with additional strength in contractual, privacy and antitrust disputes.

Strengths "It’s easy to talk strategy with this firm," says one client, adding: "You get practical advice from them."

Work highlights Represented Snapchat and its founders in a lawsuit brought by two users who claim that Snapchat infringed their right of publicity by using their photographs to market the app without their consent.

Represented Legendary Pictures in a class action alleging violations of the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act in connection with the marketing for the motion picture 'Warcraft'.

Notable practitioners

Steven Marenberg is a "highly respected litigator," says one client, adding: "Steve is strong in court, knows the law and argues forcefully." He acts on behalf of a broad client base, which includes movie studios, television networks, video game companies and digital media companies. Clients describe him as an "excellent all-round litigator," explaining that he is "very practical" and a "sharp thinker."

Robert Schwartz has a wealth of experience in handling entertainment litigation, including intellectual property, right of publicity and contractual disputes. Sources describe him as "an extremely smart lawyer, and a very good tactician." Clients note that "his capacity to grasp and completely own the intricate details of a commercial argument and stay on it relentlessly, is really outstanding," adding that "I would not hesitate to recommend him for a piece of litigation that has important commercial consequences."

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Jenner & Block LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation Department

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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. Also experienced in handling profit participation claims. Clients include leading broadcasters, record companies, movie studios and other corporations, and individuals involved in the entertainment sector.

Strengths Clients say the firm is "always very responsive to questions."

Work highlights Defended Saatchi & Saatchi, the advertising agency for Toyota, in a trade libel and economic interference case brought by a company which provides product placement and brand integration services to Toyota.

Defended Jay-Z in a copyright infringement case relating to his song, 'Big Pimpin'.

Notable practitioners

Richard Stone has extensive experience handling copyright, antitrust and right of publicity claims. One client comments: "He's great. He has an ability to give me answers that are business-savvy."

Anthony Basich has experience handling litigation and arbitrations on behalf of clients in the entertainment sector, including movie studios, television networks and production companies. His broad expertise includes profit participation, intellectual property and licensing disputes.

Andrew Thomas is "wonderful to work with," report clients. He handles copyright infringement and right of publicity litigation on behalf of movie studios, television networks, production companies and other content owners.

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Jenner & Block’s Content, Media & Entertainment practice unites a set of highly skilled and nationally recognized lawyers who use their legal experience and business savvy to help content providers succeed. Whether they are known as premier copyright or trademark lawyers, experienced advisors on First Amendment or right of publicity issues, business litigators, dealmakers, or something else, these lawyers have one thing in common: They understand the highly complex and constantly changing challenges distinct to companies in the content, media and entertainment industries. Our strength comes from our attorneys' passion for the industry, the fact that our long-term clients are currently, and have historically been, at the forefront of the legal and business issues confronting the industry, and the collaboration among our multidisciplinary team members. We have recently handled some of the most important content protection matters facing the media and entertainment industry. These groundbreaking cases are changing law and impacting the way business is conducted and content is delivered. In addition, we have a rich history of handling some of the most important online copyright cases of our time, starting with the seminal Napster case.

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

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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. Also offers experience in disputes pertaining to sports broadcasting and live entertainment.

Strengths One client notes: "The team is very strong and able to handle our most important cases."

Work highlights Represented Sirius XM in a high-profile copyright dispute considering the requirement to pay record companies to broadcast sound recordings created before 1972.

Acted for Walt Disney in a copyright dispute concerning the movie 'Zootopia', in which the plaintiff company alleges that Disney stole its idea and is seeking to recover a portion of the profits.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Daniel Petrocelli is a renowned trial lawyer who regularly represents entertainment companies and individuals in high-profile disputes. One source says: "He is one of the strongest, most important trial lawyers we have. He brings gravitas when he approaches things, is very smart and really able to downsize cases to what a jury needs to hear."

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Boies Schiller Flexner LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation Department

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

Work highlights Represented Warner Bros. in a copyright infringement lawsuit concerning the movies 'Jupiter Ascending' and 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

Secured an appellate victory on behalf of TMZ in a dispute brought by former Republican politician Craig Schelske alleging defamation and invasion of privacy, which was struck out under anti-SLAPP legislation.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" Linda Burrow has a broad-ranging entertainment practice, which includes experience in handling trademark infringement, breach of contract, right of publicity and profit participation claims. Sources describe her as "smart" and "very client-friendly."

Christopher Caldwell handles litigation and alternative dispute resolution on behalf of entertainment companies. His expertise includes intellectual property and employment litigation. "He's a very good litigator, a problem-solver and very practical," says one client. Another describes him as "an excellent attorney who gets great results and is very solution oriented."

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

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第三等

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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. Offers significant trial experience, as well as providing pre-litigation counseling.

Work highlights Represented Jamie Horowitz, the former President of National Networks for Fox Sports, in his wrongful termination and defamation case against Fox.

Represented Manny Pacquaio’s trainer, Freddie Roach, in a breach of oral contract lawsuit brought by a party seeking an $8.6 million finder’s fee in connection with the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio in May 2015.

Notable practitioners

Patricia Glaser is a "formidable" figure in the entertainment industry, with a strong track record of representing talent, entertainment executives and companies in high-profile disputes. She is recognized as "a great trial lawyer," and one client comments: "She's one of the top litigators in the country, and it's unbelievably comforting to know that someone with her reputation is there if we need her."

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

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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. Increasingly representing video game and digital media companies, in addition to its longstanding expertise in film and television. Often represents the estates of musicians, writers and producers in disputes about the ownership and exploitation of content.

Strengths Clients say: "The team is efficient and could not be more user-friendly."

Sources commend the firm's "speed, knowledge, thoroughness and sincerity."

Work highlights Represented director Rian Johnson in a dispute with his former talent agent, who claims he is entitled to commissions in connection with Johnson's work on 'Star Wars Episode VII', notwithstanding that his services were terminated before the deal was negotiated.

Represented STX Entertainment in litigation concerning the foreign theatrical distribution rights to the movie 'The Irishman'.

Notable practitioners

The "very talented" Bertram Fields has a wealth of experience handling entertainment litigation on behalf of individual directors, actors and writers, as well as movie studios, talent agencies and record companies.

Bonnie Eskenazi has a wide-ranging entertainment law practice, which includes experience handling intellectual property, contractual and defamation 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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Kendall, Brill & Kelly LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation Department

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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.

Strengths One client notes: "The team is very responsive and we get an immediate turnaround. The lawyers are smart, practical, and they've been able to establish really good relationships with our clients."

Work highlights Represented Paramount in litigation brought by Middle Pictures regarding a distribution agreement for the movie 'Middle Men', alleging that Paramount had destroyed the value of the movie by only releasing it in six cities on opening weekend.

Represented Hans Zimmer and other defendants in a copyright infringement suit concerning the score for the movie '12 Years a Slave'.

Notable practitioners

Richard Kendall is sought out by key players in the entertainment industry, including major motion picture studios. He offers notable expertise in distribution, copyright and profit-participation disputes. Clients commend him as "really smart," and "exceptional at providing thoughtful advice."

Bert Deixler handles a wide array of entertainment disputes on behalf of artists, studios, television networks and production companies. He has experience in intellectual property and contractual disputes. "He does a terrific job," says one client, adding that "he takes the big-picture view while still delving into the details. He's confident in and out of court."

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

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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. Notable expertise in profit participation and vertical integration litigation.

Work highlights Represented Frank Darabont, the creator of 'The Walking Dead', and his agency CAA in a lawsuit against AMC Networks.

Represented the band, The Carpenters, in a lawsuit against Universal Music Group and A&M Records seeking over $2 million in royalties from online record sales.

Notable practitioners

Dale Kinsella regularly represents writers, directors and producers in entertainment disputes, and is especially well versed in profit participation and vertical integration disputes. "He is an excellent lawyer," says one source, explaining that he is "a very good, tough litigator."

Lawrence Iser has a broad entertainment litigation practice, and has particular experience handling intellectual property disputes. His clients include recording artists, media companies and other content owners.

Michael Kump is frequently sought out by individuals, production companies and talent agencies in high-profile entertainment litigation. He is particularly experienced in intellectual property litigation.

Howard Weitzman is noted for his representation of recording artists, as well as other talent and entertainment companies. His wide-ranging expertise includes intellectual property and probate litigation. Sources describe him as "an excellent lawyer," and note that he is "very able in court."

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Lavely & Singer PC - Media & Entertainment: Litigation Department

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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 Sources describe the firm as "a very high-powered entertainment litigation firm."

Notable practitioners

Martin Singer is recognized as "a world-class litigator in the media and entertainment space." He is often counsel of choice for individual talent in highly contentious litigation, with notable expertise in breach of privacy, right of publicity, libel and intellectual property claims.

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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation Department

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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.

Notable practitioners

Russell Frackman is a seasoned attorney with a strong track record in representing media clients, regularly acting for record labels and talent. Sources describe him as "renowned in the music industry."

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

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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. Experienced in trials, appeals and pre-litigation.

Strengths One client commends the firm's "excellent service," and another says: "I always felt well represented."

Work highlights Represented MGM in a participation accounting case concerning the company's distribution of 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly', 'For A Few Dollars More' and 'Last Tango In Paris'.

Defended Curiously Bright in a breach of contract and fraud suit concerning its investment in the development of the movie 'London Fields'.

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James Chadwick counsels news organizations on defamation, access, copyright and content licensing. Clients comment: "He is excellent, and treats clients with rigor, attention to detail and zeal." Sources also appreciate that he is "generous with his time and thoughtful."

Marty Katz is recognized as "a very seasoned trial lawyer and litigator." He regularly handles copyright, contractual and accounting disputes on behalf of media and entertainment companies, including movie studios, production companies and investors. Clients appreciate his "broad experience," and add that "he is a strategic-thinking attorney."

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Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Highly respected group of litigators with extensive experience in 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. Clients include individual talent, as well as motion picture studios and television networks.

Strengths Clients describe it as a "very strong team with extensive experience and understanding of the media business."

One source says: "I think the team is great. It does great work on a timely basis, and is good at managing the client."

Work highlights Represented Azteca International, a producer of Spanish-language television content, in an intellectual property lawsuit regarding the programs 'A Todo Color' and 'Cofi Break'.

Represented the Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music Entertainment in a putative class action case claiming that Michael Jackson was not the actual vocalist on three tracks from his first posthumous album.

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The "absolutely wonderful" David Halberstadter handles dispute resolution on behalf of entertainment companies, including movie studios and production companies. His recent work includes copyright infringement, breach of contract and idea theft cases. Clients highlight his "comprehension of the law, the media business and his clients' needs, which is combined with excellent service and clear, firm advice." One source says: "David's advice is always tempered by practical reality which makes it more effective. When it comes to litigation, he is very strategic."

Joel Weiner has a wealth of experience with entertainment litigation. He acts on behalf of studios, producers, networks and talent in entertainment disputes, and is particularly skilled in copyright infringement and idea theft litigation. One client says: "He provides excellent service, and is very smart, creative and time-efficient."

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Katten’s Entertainment and Media Transactions team routinely handles complex matters involving the acquisition, development, financing, production, and distribution of motion pictures, television shows, animated and digital productions, video games, and other properties. We also handle talent agreements for film, television and digital products, executive employment contracts, and domestic and international licensing and merchandising. We assist with the financing of, and secured transactions relating to, motion picture and television productions and slates of production, and with acquiring, selling, and investing in production, distribution, and new media companies, as well as film, music, and television catalogs.

We understand the entertainment business and provide thorough risk assessment, advice, and strategy to help clients avoid litigation, and we provide experienced representation when litigation is unavoidable. We represent our clients aggressively and effectively in matters including idea submissions and copyright and trademark infringement claims; motion picture and television financing, development, production, distribution, and profit participation disputes; defamation and right of privacy claims; artist management and talent agreements; employment; and valuation of motion picture and television libraries.

We offer a full-service approach to litigation and dispute resolution intellectual property, contract and business torts, and other related matters.

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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP - Media & Entertainment: Litigation Department

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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 Clients value the team's "good client service" and "practical advice," adding: "The firm is practical and business minded."

One source says: "The firm is extremely practical and does high-quality work."

Work highlights Represented WME|IMG in a lawsuit brought by children's author Nick Katsoris and his foundation alleging copyright infringement, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition.

Acted for Oracle in litigation involving an anonymous individual who posted defamatory statements about the company's employees online, which involved serving subpoenas on various internet service providers in order to locate the poster as well as an emergency injunction to seize the poster's computers and remove the comments.

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Andrew White represents television networks and movie studios in a wide array of disputes, including intellectual property and libel litigation. Clients commend his "smarts and efficiency."

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

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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. Particularly noted for its representation of digital media and technology companies in litigation pertaining to online content distribution.

Work highlights Represented Japanese company Tsuburaya Productions Company in a copyright and breach of contract lawsuit regarding rights to distribute the iconic 'Ultraman' franchise of television series and motion pictures.

Represented Warner Bros. Records in a multiparty dispute regarding the rights to the music of the artist Prince.

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Senior Statesperson

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very talented" Bertram Fields has a wealth of experience handling entertainment litigation on behalf of individual directors, actors and writers, as well as movie studios, talent agencies and record companies.

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Senior Statesperson

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Russell Frackman is a seasoned attorney with a strong track record in representing media clients, regularly acting for record labels and talent. Sources describe him as "renowned in the music industry."

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Senior Statesperson

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Olson has a wealth of experience representing clients in the entertainment industry in litigation as well as corporate transactions. Clients say he is "all-around strong in litigation tactics and knowledge."

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Band 1

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Edelman acts in a wide variety of disputes, including copyright, contractual and accounting claims. His impressive client roster includes record companies, music publishers, television networks and technology companies. Clients appreciate that he "commands attention and handles himself well, and is very experienced in the entertainment business," adding: "You always want people who can solve problems, which is why we go to him."

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Band 1

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Patricia Glaser is a "formidable" figure in the entertainment industry, with a strong track record of representing talent, entertainment executives and companies in high-profile disputes. She is recognized as "a great trial lawyer," and one client comments: "She's one of the top litigators in the country, and it's unbelievably comforting to know that someone with her reputation is there if we need her."

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Band 1

Richard B Kendall

Kendall, Brill & Kelly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Kendall is sought out by key players in the entertainment industry, including major motion picture studios. He offers notable expertise in distribution, copyright and profit-participation disputes. Clients commend him as "really smart," and "exceptional at providing thoughtful advice."

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Band 1

Irell & Manella LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Marenberg is a "highly respected litigator," says one client, adding: "Steve is strong in court, knows the law and argues forcefully." He acts on behalf of a broad client base, which includes movie studios, television networks, video game companies and digital media companies. Clients describe him as an "excellent all-round litigator," explaining that he is "very practical" and a "sharp thinker."

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Band 1

Daniel Petrocelli

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Daniel Petrocelli is a renowned trial lawyer who regularly represents entertainment companies and individuals in high-profile disputes. One source says: "He is one of the strongest, most important trial lawyers we have. He brings gravitas when he approaches things, is very smart and really able to downsize cases to what a jury needs to hear."

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Band 1

Glenn D Pomerantz

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extremely bright" Glenn Pomerantz represents movie studios and television networks in a wide variety of disputes, including intellectual property, breach of contract and profit participation lawsuits. One client describes him as "really smart, really easy to work with and creative," and additionally highlights his "really great courtroom manner." Another client notes that "he is extremely bright, has a lot of experience and brings confidence to any litigation, so we know we are in good hands."

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Band 1

Irell & Manella LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Schwartz has a wealth of experience in handling entertainment litigation, including intellectual property, right of publicity and contractual disputes. Sources describe him as "an extremely smart lawyer, and a very good tactician." Clients note that "his capacity to grasp and completely own the intricate details of a commercial argument and stay on it relentlessly, is really outstanding," adding that "I would not hesitate to recommend him for a piece of litigation that has important commercial consequences."

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Band 1

Lavely & Singer PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Singer is recognized as "a world-class litigator in the media and entertainment space." He is often counsel of choice for individual talent in highly contentious litigation, with notable expertise in breach of privacy, right of publicity, libel and intellectual property claims.

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Band 2

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bonnie Eskenazi has a wide-ranging entertainment law practice, which includes experience handling intellectual property, contractual and defamation disputes.

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Band 2

Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dale Kinsella regularly represents writers, directors and producers in entertainment disputes, and is especially well versed in profit participation and vertical integration disputes. "He is an excellent lawyer," says one source, explaining that he is "a very good, tough litigator."

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Band 2

Munger, Tolles & Olson

From the Chambers USA guide

Kelly Klaus frequently represents major motion picture studios in high-profile litigation. He is particularly active in intellectual property disputes, and clients consider him to be a "go-to guy on copyright issues." He is "timely, thoughtful and courteous," according to one client, who adds that "he is also a very good writer."

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Band 2

Stanton 'Larry' Stein

Russ August & Kabat

From the Chambers USA guide

Larry Stein of Russ, August & Kabat has a wealth of experience in handling entertainment disputes on behalf of talent in the film and television space. Clients say: "He is a legend in terms of his history in litigation and other entertainment matters, and he lives up to that legend."

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Band 2

Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Stone has extensive experience handling copyright, antitrust and right of publicity claims. One client comments: "He's great. He has an ability to give me answers that are business-savvy."

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Band 3

Michael B. Garfinkel

DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Garfinkel of DLA Piper LLP (US) is "extremely knowledgeable and reliable," according to clients. He is well regarded for his representation of talent agencies and is also sought out by production companies, television networks and other major players in the media and entertainment industry. His experience includes profit participation and intellectual property disputes. One client appreciates that he is "always very quick, knowledgeable and efficient," and adds that he is "very accessible and attracts lots of respect in the industry."

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Band 3

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marty Katz is recognized as "a very seasoned trial lawyer and litigator." He regularly handles copyright, contractual and accounting disputes on behalf of media and entertainment companies, including movie studios, production companies and investors. Clients appreciate his "broad experience," and add that "he is a strategic-thinking attorney."

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Band 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marvin Putnam of Latham & Watkins LLP is "a very highly regarded litigator," who regularly represents media and entertainment companies in high-stakes disputes and sensitive investigations. Clients report that his "approach was strategic and appropriately aggressive."

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Band 3

Kenneth Steinthal

King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kenneth Steinthal of King & Spalding LLP is renowned for his expertise in music licensing and copyright. One source notes that "his substantive knowledge is an incredible asset" and further describes him as "very strategic." Clients say: "He is an excellent negotiator and very good in the courtroom setting as well."

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Band 4

Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lincoln Bandlow of Fox Rothschild LLP is described as "terrific" and "very knowledgeable" by industry sources. He handles a wide range of matters on behalf of individuals as well as media and entertainment companies. Recently, he has been involved in defamation and copyright infringement claims, and he is also sought out to provide prepublication review for television content.

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Band 4

Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Basich has experience handling litigation and arbitrations on behalf of clients in the entertainment sector, including movie studios, television networks and production companies. His broad expertise includes profit participation, intellectual property and licensing disputes.

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Band 4

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fantastic" Linda Burrow has a broad-ranging entertainment practice, which includes experience in handling trademark infringement, breach of contract, right of publicity and profit participation claims. Sources describe her as "smart" and "very client-friendly."

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Band 4

Christopher Caldwell

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Caldwell handles litigation and alternative dispute resolution on behalf of entertainment companies. His expertise includes intellectual property and employment litigation. "He's a very good litigator, a problem-solver and very practical," says one client. Another describes him as "an excellent attorney who gets great results and is very solution oriented."

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Band 4

Kendall, Brill & Kelly LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bert Deixler handles a wide array of entertainment disputes on behalf of artists, studios, television networks and production companies. He has experience in intellectual property and contractual disputes. "He does a terrific job," says one client, adding that "he takes the big-picture view while still delving into the details. He's confident in and out of court."

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Band 4

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tamerlin Godley handles a wide range of entertainment disputes on behalf of movie studios, television networks and recording companies. One client describes her as "an excellent lawyer," and explains: "I trust her judgment and she gives very practical advice."

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Band 4

Marshall B Grossman

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Marshall Grossman of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a broad litigation practice, including a wealth of experience handling disputes arising in the entertainment sector. He is described by clients as "brilliant, thorough and incredibly effective."

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Band 4

David Halberstadter

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "absolutely wonderful" David Halberstadter handles dispute resolution on behalf of entertainment companies, including movie studios and production companies. His recent work includes copyright infringement, breach of contract and idea theft cases. Clients highlight his "comprehension of the law, the media business and his clients' needs, which is combined with excellent service and clear, firm advice." One source says: "David's advice is always tempered by practical reality which makes it more effective. When it comes to litigation, he is very strategic."

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Band 4

Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Iser has a broad entertainment litigation practice, and has particular experience handling intellectual property disputes. His clients include recording artists, media companies and other content owners.

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Band 4

Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Jacobs is cochair of the entertainment practice at Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP. He focuses on music-related litigation and frequently acts for record labels and artists in contractual, copyright and royalties disputes. Clients appreciate that "he writes very well and does a good job in court," and also describe him as "responsive, attentive, readily available and inquisitive." One source says: "He was amazing and very easy to deal with. He always communicated clearly and responded quickly."

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Band 4

Hueston Hennigan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Klieger of Hueston Hennigan LLP is developing an impressive reputation for his handling of entertainment litigation. He frequently acts on behalf of film, television and video game companies. Sources describe him as "a really great lawyer," and one client notes that he is "beyond excellent as a writer."

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Band 4

Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Kump is frequently sought out by individuals, production companies and talent agencies in high-profile entertainment litigation. He is particularly experienced in intellectual property litigation.

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Band 4

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 is described as "a very good litigator" by industry sources. His strong track record of bringing profit participation cases on behalf of talent has earned him a reputation as "the bane of the studios' existence."

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Band 4

Leopold, Petrich & Smith PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Louis Petrich of Leopold, Petrich & Smith PA is "incredibly knowledgeable," say sources. He handles intellectual property cases on behalf of clients in the media and entertainment sector, and offers particular expertise in copyright and right of publicity issues.

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Band 4

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Rozansky of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP frequently handles copyright infringement litigation on behalf of record companies and artists. Sources describe him as "a fine lawyer with a good practice."

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Band 4

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Taylor of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz is regarded as "a superb attorney" by market sources. He has a wealth of experience in representing individuals and entertainment companies in high-profile litigation.

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Band 4

Jenner & Block LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Thomas is "wonderful to work with," report clients. He handles copyright infringement and right of publicity litigation on behalf of movie studios, television networks, production companies and other content owners.

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Band 4

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Weiner has a wealth of experience with entertainment litigation. He acts on behalf of studios, producers, networks and talent in entertainment disputes, and is particularly skilled in copyright infringement and idea theft litigation. One client says: "He provides excellent service, and is very smart, creative and time-efficient."

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Band 4

Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Weitzman is noted for his representation of recording artists, as well as other talent and entertainment companies. His wide-ranging expertise includes intellectual property and probate litigation. Sources describe him as "an excellent lawyer," and note that he is "very able in court."

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Band 4

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew White represents television networks and movie studios in a wide array of disputes, including intellectual property and libel litigation. Clients commend his "smarts and efficiency."

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