Attorney at Law
(England & Wales)
Phone: 310.278.8198
Cell: 310.770.1307
Fax: 310.860.2430

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Alexander Rufus-Isaacs

Alexander is an Oxford University graduate who began his career as a barrister in England in 1982. He moved to Los Angeles and was admitted to the California bar in 1988. He is a litigator with an emphasis on business, entertainment/media and insurance disputes. Many of his cases have international dimensions. Before co-founding Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham in 2010, he was a shareholder at Glassman, Browning & Saltsman, and had also worked at Rosenfeld Meyer & Susman. He is the recipient of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s annual President’s Award for 2017, and has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” for 2017 and 2018 by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine.

Practice Areas:

General Business Litigation Alexander has appeared in arbitrations and state and federal court litigation involving issues such as fraud, breach of contract, business interference torts, partnership disputes and dissolutions, securities fraud, trade secrets, and employee mobility/restrictive covenant issues. He recently won a federal court trial involving securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, which resulted in his client being awarded significant damages. See:

Entertainment Litigation Alexander has represented producers, financiers, distributors, managers, agents and talent in disputes involving film finance, international distribution/licensing, credits, profit participation/accounting, artist/manager, and copyright issues in state and federal court and in arbitrations under IFTA and other rules. He recently filed an action for The Carsey-Werner Company against the BBC and others for infringing Carsey-Werner’s copyrights in The Cosby Show:

Appellate Cases Alexander has successfully conducted a number of appeals before the California Court of Appeals. He recently won two appeals: One for a producer client in a published decision involving the application of the litigation privilege to an anti-SLAPP motion, and another for a film finance company which sued a producer for tortious interference.

Media Litigation Alexander has significant experience with libel, defamation and misappropriation of likeness/privacy torts, and has defeated numerous anti-SLAPP motions. He also counsels clients in crisis management and works closely with a number of leading PR firms who work in that area. He was plaintiff’s counsel in Williams v ABC et al.:, and is currently plaintiff’s counsel in Basile v Prometheus et al., a defamation lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago against The Hollywood Reporter arising out of an article about the Sony cyberattack in December 2014: He is also representing plaintiff in a defamation suit against Starz Entertainment and others arising out of their unauthorized use of plaintiff’s photograph in a 2018 documentary film about sexual abuse, and to promote the film:

Fine Art Litigation Alexander has significant experience with representing galleries and dealers in disputes involving the visual arts.

Insurance Litigation Alexander represents London Market insurers in bad faith and coverage litigation, monitoring/settling underlying cases, defense of insureds and subrogation actions.

Insurance Coverage Alexander renders complex coverage opinions to London Market insurers regarding general liability, commercial property, inland marine, personal lines (including homeowners), jewelers’ block, non appearance/contingency and fine arts policies. Alexander is listed in the Chambers USA Guide as a recognized insurance law specialist.

International Alexander has retained his professional license in England, and has close contacts in the UK’s legal, financial, insurance, political and government arenas. He has taken depositions in recent years from Singapore to Beirut.


Inns of Court School of Law, London: 1981-82 (English Bar Finals)

City University, London: 1979-80 (Diploma in Law)

Oriel College, Oxford University: 1976-79 (Modern History – B.A. 1979, M.A. 1987)

St. Paul’s School, London: 1970-75

Professional Career:

Glassman, Browning & Saltsman, Beverly Hills, California: 2000-2009

Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, Beverly Hills, California: 1998-2000

Arter & Hadden, Los Angeles, California: 1992-1998

Parkinson, Wolf & Leo, Century City, California: 1989-1992

Barrister in private practice in London: 1982-87


2016, U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois/Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

1989, U.S. District Court for Central District of California/Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

1988, California

1982, England and Wales

Bar Associations:

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section (Senior Chair, 2016-2017; London Chapter Chair, 2013-); Board of Governors (2017-)

Los Angeles Copyright Society

California Society of Entertainment Lawyers (Treasurer 2013-2016)

British American Bar Association of Southern California (Co-Founder, 1998; President, 2002-present)

Los Angeles Bar Association

Middle Temple, London (1982-)

Professional and Civil Associations:

British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Los Angeles (Legal Advisor, 2002-2007; Director, 2003-2008; Secretary, 2005-2007)

British American Business Council, Los Angeles (President, 1998; Chairman, 1999)

Public Counsel/FEMA, Los Angeles (volunteer attorney)

Toynbee Hall, London (low income family support institute): 1985-87 (volunteer attorney)


  • Beverly Hills Bar Association’s annual President’s Award for 2017
  • “Super Lawyer,” Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine, 2017-2018

Published Decisions:

Basile v. Prometheus Global Media, LLC, 2016 WL 2987004 (N.D. Ill. May 24, 2016) (successful defense of jurisdictional motion in defamation case)

Future Films USA, LLC v. Sriram Das 2013 WL 265449, Cal.App. 2 Dist., Jan. 24 , 2013 (successful appeal against demurrer without leave to amend)

Bailey v. Brewer, (2011) 197 CA4th 781, 792–793, 128 CR3d 380, 390 (litigation privilege/ anti-SLAPP statute: a statement made in anticipation of litigation must relate to litigation that is contemplated in good faith and under serious consideration)

Price v. Stossel and ABC, (2008) 590 F.Supp.2d 1262, 1267 (discussing the good cause standard for discovery under the anti-SLAPP statute).

Speaking Engagements:

July 2018: program chair of BHBA seminar on How Blockchain Technology Is Going To Revolutionize The Entertainment Industry

April 2018: sole speaker at meeting of the London chapter of the BHBA presenting Annual Entertainment Litigation Review 2017

January 2018: program chair of litigation panel for BHBA’s Annual Entertainment Review 2017

July 2017: program chair of BHBA seminar on The Business and Legal Reality of Virtual Reality

April 2017: moderator and program chair of BHBA seminar entitled “Defamation In The Social Media Age,” with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Professor Rod Smolla and Neville Johnson

February 2017: program chair of BHBA seminar on copyright infringement cases involving screenplays

March 2016: program chair of BHBA seminar on copyright issues in art

November 2015: program chair of BHBA seminar on European Digital Single Market

October 2015: program chair of BHBA seminar on European tax credits and UK defamation issues

January 2015: program chair and moderator of BHBA seminar reviewing notable entertainment cases in 2014

May 2014: organizer and speaker at first live panel meeting of the London chapter of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA) contrasting Right of Publicity law in England and the USA

January 2014: program chair and moderator of BHBA seminar reviewing notable entertainment cases in 2013

June 2013: speaker at BHBA seminar on anti-SLAPP motions

January 2013: program chair of BHBA seminar reviewing notable entertainment cases in 2012

June 2012: program chair and moderator of a BHBA seminar on European entertainment law entitled “On The Other Side Of The Pond”

October 2011: program chair for a BHBA panel entitled “Entertainment Litigation: The Very Latest Developments From The Professionals At The Cutting Edge.”

August 2011: speaker on a BHBA panel entitled ‘What Every Transactional Lawyer Should Know To Avoid Litigation.”

July 2011: speaker on a BHBA panel entitled “Everything You Wanted To Know About Entertainment Law But Were Afraid To Ask.”

June 2011: program co-chair for a BHBA seminar on Reality TV.


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