Attorney at Law
Barrister
(England & Wales)
Phone: 310.278.8198
Cell: 310.770.1307
Fax: 310.860.2430
Email: aisaacs@rufuslaw.com

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Alexander Rufus-Isaacs

Alexander is an Oxford University graduate who began his career as a barrister in England in 1982. After trying over 50 cases, 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 currently Secretary and Treasurer of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and was awarded its annual President’s Award in 2017. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer for 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine, and has been honored as a media litigator by numerous international law and business organizations.

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, 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: https://www.leagle.com/decision/infdco20170804828 He is currently representing the well known pet charity Wings of Rescue in a lawsuit over the ownership of a plane.

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. Representative cases include Mokhtarian et al. v Saperstein et al., Los Angeles Superior Court (ongoing dispute between producer and investors, in which Alexander filed 13 successful motions for summary adjudication or judgment); Sandoval v Yeter and Warner Music Group, U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.) (settled suit by singer against producer and record companies for royalties); ARP v Good Films et al., Los Angeles Superior Court (settled dispute between producer and investor/distributor); Future Films USA, LLC v. Sriram Das, Los Angeles Superior Court (settled dispute between producers); Initiate Productions, LLC v. American Cinema International, Inc. (successful IFTA arbitration by producer against foreign sales agent); Overlook Productions, Inc v. Good Universe  Development, LLC, Los Angeles Superior Court (represented writer in dispute with production company over option clause). He has represented legendary television production company Carsey Werner in numerous lawsuits, e.g., Carsey Werner Distribution, LLC v Telewizja Polsat S.A., U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.) (recovered over $2 million on summary judgment against a foreign broadcaster), and The Carsey Werner Company LLC v British Broadcasting Corporation and Sugar Films Ltd. U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.) (sued BBC and UK production company for copyright infringement). Other representative clients include Relativity Media Distribution LLC, Sound Point Capital Management, LC, Ingenious, Affirmative Entertainment, and BAFTA Los Angeles.

Media Litigation Alexander has significant experience with defamation and privacy torts, and has defeated numerous anti-SLAPP motions. He was plaintiff’s counsel in Williams v ABC et al.: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-abcs-20-20-chris-426554, and is currently plaintiff’s counsel in Basile v Prometheus et al., a defamation lawsuit filed in Chicago against the publisher of the The Hollywood Reporter arising out of an article which falsely accused his client of being responsible for the Sony Studios cyber attack and devastated her career: http://deadline.com/2015/11/hollywood-reporter-lawsuit-sony-attack-defamation-prometheus-global-media-1201614685; the trial court denied defendant’s 4 jurisdictional and anti-SLAPP motions, which was affirmed on appeal. In 2019, he settled 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:  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/what-haunts-us-sparks-lawsuit-starz-yearbook-photo-1143293. In 2018, he settled a case in which his client sued a therapy center and a disability insurer for unlawfully disclosing confidential psychiatric records. He has settled claims by four different clients against ABC since 2011 for libel, invasion of privacy, and breach of contract.

Appellate Cases Alexander has successfully conducted a number of appeals before the California and Illinois Court of Appeals. He recently won three appeals: One for a producer client in a published decision involving the application of the litigation privilege to an anti-SLAPP motion; another for a film finance company which sued a producer for tortious interference; and in Basile v Prometheus et al., which is referenced above, the Illinois Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decisions in our client’s favor. https://courts.illinois.gov/R23_Orders/AppellateCourt/2020/1stDistrict/1190602_R23.pdf

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. He is currently acting as local counsel in Los Angeles for News Group, publishers of The Sun, which has been sued for libel by Johnny Depp in England, and obtained orders under 28 U.S.C. §1782 requiring two LA-based witnesses to testify live via video link in the upcoming trial in London. See https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/amber-heards-makeup-artist-fighting-live-testimony-johnny-depps-uk-libel-trial-1296661

Education:

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

Admissions:

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-); Litigation Section (Executive Committee member 2020-); Board of Governors (2017-); Secretary/Treasurer (2019-2020)

California Lawyers Association

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)

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)

Honors:

Beverly Hills Bar Association’s annual President’s Award for 2017

“Super Lawyer,” Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine, 2017-2020

Media Sector Litigation Law Firm of the Year (California) – Lawyer International’s Legal 100 for 2020

Media Lawyer of the Year (California) – Leaders in Law 2020 Global Awards

Media Sector Litigation Law Firm of the Year (California) – 2020 Corporate Intl Global Awards

Media Sector Litigation Law Firm of the Year (California) – M&A Today – Global Awards – 2020

Media Sector Litigation Law Firm of the Year in California – 2020 Global Law Experts

Media Sector Litigation Law Firm Of The Year (California) – ACQ5 magazine’s Global Awards for 2019

Media Sector Litigation Law Firm of the Year (California) – Global 100 for 2019

Leading Litigation Law Firm of the year 2019 (United States) – 2019 Global Business Insight Awards

California’s Leading Media and Entertainment Litigator of the Year – 2019 Leading Advisor Awards

Media Sector Litigation Law Firm of the Year (California) –  Corporate America Today – Annual Awards – 2019

Media Litigation within California – 2019 International Advisory Experts Award

Published Decisions:

Basile v Prometheus Global Media, LLC, 2020 IL App (1st) 190602-U (June 30, 2020)  https://courts.illinois.gov/R23_Orders/AppellateCourt/2020/1stDistrict/1190602_R23.pdf (defeated appeal against orders in client’s favor denying anti-SLAPP and other motions in defamation case against The Hollywood Reporter)

Danelle Sandoval v. Burak Yeter, Warner Music Group, at al., 2019 WL 7905731 (C.D. Cal.) (successful motion to compel depositions and written discovery, plus award of sanctions)

Goodman v Dohmen, 2017 WL 3319110 (C.D. Cal.) (findings of fact and conclusions of law in bench trial awarding client substantial damages for breach of fiduciary duties in securities fraud case)

Basile v. Prometheus Global Media, LLC, 2016 WL 2987004 (N.D. Ill. May 24, 2016) (defeated appeal against order in client’s favor denying jurisdictional motion in defamation case against The Hollywood Reporter)

Williams v Cahill, 2014 WL 1234218 (Cal. Ct. of Appeal) (defeated appeal against order in client’s favor on anti-SLAPP motion in defamation case against ABC)

  Future Films USA, LLC v. Sriram Das 2013 WL 265449 (Cal. Ct. of Appeals) (successful appeal against order granting demurrer)

 Bailey v. Brewer, (2011) 197 CA4th 781, 792–793, 128 CR3d 380, 390 (defeated appeal against order in client’s favor denying anti-SLAPP motion)

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

Rosalie Tapper et al., v. Edward J. Wedelstedt et al., 2008 WL 2477391 (Cal. Ct. of Appeals) (defeated appeal against ruling on motion seeking to enforce arbitration clause)

Bill Medley v. Sandals Resorts Intern., 2001 WL 34349043 (L.A. Superior Court) (defeated motion for summary judgment against client plaintiffs in major voice misappropriation case, leading to substantial settlement)

Speaking Engagements:

June 2020: moderator and interviewer for War Stories 2: Patricia Glaser on the Boxing Helena trial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKtAEusCeiM

May 2020: originator of the BHBA series, War Stories, and moderator of the first program featuring Pierce O’Donnell on the Art Buchwald trial. Each program features one of our most prominent trial lawyers discussing one of their trials in detail. The series will be archived and made available online by the BHBA.

February 2020: program chair and moderator of BHBA seminar on The New Wave of Defamation Cases

January 2020: program co-chair of litigation panel for BHBA’s Annual Entertainment Review 2019

January 2019: program co-chair of litigation panel for BHBA’s Annual Entertainment Review 2018

July 2018: program co-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.

ATTORNEY AT LAW
BARRISTER (ENGLAND & WALES)
PHONE: 310.274.3803
CELL: 310.259.2900
FAX: 310.860.2430
EMAIL: DLEWIS@RUFUSLAW.COM

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David Lewis

David Lewis is an English barrister and “AV” rated California attorney.  David spent many years working in large law firms before establishing his own practice and becoming “of counsel” to Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham, LLP. He has over thirty years of experience, specializing in real estate and business law, with expertise in a wide variety of real estate transactions.  David’s trademarks are a highly pragmatic approach, first-rate negotiating and drafting skills, an ability to close deals using sound business judgment, and a sense of humor.

Practice Areas:

Lending David represents both lenders and borrowers in secured lending transactions such as construction loans and permanent loans, workouts with problem loan situations, deed in lieu transactions and foreclosures

Financing David handles seller financing transactions and earnout agreements, ground leases, and sale and leasebacks

Acquisitions and Dispositions Including like kind exchanges

Leasing David works with both landlords and tenants in all types of leasing, including commercial, industrial, retail and residential leases

Development David works with developers and is familiar with joint ventures, development agreements, AIA construction and consulting agreements

Corporate David advises clients on forms of business entity and structures their businesses as general or limited partnerships, LLC’s or corporations, as circumstances require

Education:

College of Law, England: 1976 (Barrister)

Bristol University, England: 1975 (LLB – Honors)

Admissions:

1998, AV Rated

1978, State Bar of California

1976, England & Wales

Bar Associations:

State Bar of California – Real Estate Section

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Attorney at Law
Office: 310.274.3803
Direct: 310.459.3497
Cell: 310.404.6334
Fax: 310.860.2430
Email: gconcoff@rufuslaw.com

Gary O. Concoff

Gary has had extensive experience in the negotiation, documentation and structuring of transactions involving the production and distribution of motion pictures and television. He has particular expertise in the financing aspects of these transactions, including both equity investments and lending in the motion picture field, where he represents investors, lenders, producers and distributors. He was recently named “Outstanding Practitioner of the Year” by the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and is rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale-Hubbell and 10.0 (Superb) by Avvo.com.

Practice Areas:

Domestic And International Film and Television Production Gary has had extensive experience in production, co-production and distribution of theatrical and video motion pictures and television (both long-form and series productions).

Domestic And International Film and Television Financing Gary has had extensive experience in the financing and co-financing of all media. He has represented numerous investors, lenders, producers and distributors in the motion picture and other asset-based lending fields including the Lewis Horwitz Organization, Bank of Boston, Walter E. Heller & Co., Crocker Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, City National Bank, Chemical Bank, World Trade Bank, Banque Indosuez, Berliner Bank and Bayerische Hypotheken und Wechsel Bank (“Hypo Bank”) of Munich, and U.S. Bank.

Talent Gary has represented motion picture talent of all kinds, including actors, directors and writers in connection with negotiation and documentation of agreements.

Representative Matters:

German investment group re $50 million investment in four feature pictures

California-based production company re $5.5 million investment in a single feature picture

Theatrical feature picture financed from U.K. and South African sources, to be shot in South Africa, Kenya and London

L.A.-based online video game creator, producer and publisher regarding project and corporate finance and rights agreements

Leading manufacturer of paintball sport equipment and owner of professional team competing in professional paintball league, including television series financing and television development and production, U.S. XBall League agreements and potential U.S. and European league and TV broadcast agreements re paintball league

German investor regarding two $30 million plus tax shelter investments and two sets of two feature pictures (with two separate U.S. studios: Warners and Paramount)

Independent company as to overall plan for digital delivery after feature film and other product to theaters and in all ancillary media worldwide

Banks and other lenders as to “gap” financing of theatrical motion pictures

Negotiation and documentation of employment and related stock sale agreements re executive to become president and CEO of major provider of services in motion picture industry

U.S. broadcast group in connection with structuring of the theatrical U.S. motion picture distribution system involving basic joint venture, 14 exhibition agreements with national theatrical exhibitors, and negotiation and documentation of numerous pickup distribution agreements for theatrical pictures

Jadran Studios, Zagreb, Croatia, for 10 years re 25 co-productions or studio service agreements using studio services by U.S., Canadian and/or U.K.-based production companies

Negotiation and documentation of U.S. investor/producer/director agreement re acquisition of 23% of outstanding stock of independent, publicly held distributor; organization and financing agreements regarding join the operation print and advertising fund

European independent production company as to production of feature picture titled “Taking Sides”

Independent distribution company re acquisition and U.S. distribution along with foreign licensing of “Dinner Rush”

Independent producer as to insurance-backed $100 million revolving credit from Chase Manhattan Bank relating to production financing of five theatrical feature pictures, aggregate production cost of which was contemplated to be a $200 million, as to structuring, financing, production and worldwide distribution matters

Producer of Academy Award-winning computer graphics for “What Dreams May Come” and “Matrix” and related matters for large and modest budget features

Leading German broadcaster as to $55 million acquisition of licenses and investment in and co-production of 22 animated television series (572 half hour at the episodes) and 30 two-hour television motion pictures

Litigation against Twentieth Century Fox regarding video game rights to “Planet of the Apes” as to which our client prevailed and developed and produced the video game

Major U.S. computer graphics software designer and hardware manufacturer as to limited technology transfer (license) and formation of limited liability entity to co-finance and develop location-based attractions for numerous entertainment centers in the theater multiplexes of one of the largest U.S. theatrical exhibitors

Subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate in connection with advances against territorial licenses for Japan rights and equity investment in four feature pictures and licensing to U.S. distributor of three television series

Major studio in arranging for source and negotiation and documentation of Canadian tax shelter finance relating to $50 million of television production for U.S. network broadcast

Two German banks as to U.S. aspects of $200 million loan involving ongoing multiple picture output arrangement of film producer with a U.S. major studio

National Peregrine case – Prepared briefs and argued case in Bankruptcy Court and successful appeal to US District Court before Judge Kozinski; client prevailed in case of first impression re requirement of recording in the U.S. copyright office to perfect security interest in copyright, and related issues

Estate of Margaret Mitchell (author) and related entities as to negotiated agreements and re agreements as to sequel to “Gone With the Wind” titled “Scarlett,” including as to writer of sequel novel

Developer of first computerized color conversion system for converting black and white film to color as to copyright issues, library acquisition and licensing

Education:

University of California, Los Angeles (B.S., Business Administration-Accounting)

Harvard Law School (LL.B.)

Professional Affiliations:

Former chairman, ABA Motion Picture and Television Division, Forum Committee of the Sports and Entertainment Industries (1987-1992)

Member of the Board of Governors, Los Angeles Copyright Society (1993-1995) and former member of its Board of Trustees (1976-1977, 1985-1986)

Member, Board of Directors of British Academy of Film and Television Arts (2001-2002)

Teaching And Speaking Engagements:

Gary was from 1980 through 1982 an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Law School, teaching a course titled “Motion Picture Transactions.” He was founder and first co-chair of the Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium (at which he was a speaker on moderator on numerous occasions.) From 1987 through 1992 he acted as chair of the Motion Picture and Television Division of the Forum Committee on Sports and Entertainment Industries of the American Bar Association.
He is a frequent lecturer and author of numerous articles on legal and business matters relating to the motion picture industry, with specific emphasis on copyright and other intellectual property issues, domestic and international production, financing and exploitation of theatrical, television, video a multimedia entertainment projects. Most recently, Gary was the organizer and co-chair of programs presented at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2009, May 2010 and May 2011 titles “Optimism in the Film Industry During Challenging Times: Solutions for Film Financing and Distribution,” moderator of a section titled “Effective Negotiation of Risk Management and Mitigation Strategies from the Standpoint of the Investor or Lender and Enhancing Upside,” and panelist on a section titled “Worldwide and U.S. Distribution,” respectively.

Publications:

A multimedia case study for the program titled “New Technologies: Their Influence on International Audiovisual Law” presented in Cannes, France, by the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Bas Association (May, 1994)

Article titled “International Co-Financing Arrangements,” Los Angeles Lawyer, Los Angeles County Bar Publication (April, 1992)

Paper titled “Negotiating Contingent Interests in Motion Pictures,” originally given at IBA/CCI conference “Les Aspects Juridiques de la Commercialisation des Oeuvres Audiovisuelles” in Cannes in 1989 and published in Copyright World in July 1989 (updated January 2007)

Article titled “Co-Production and Interim Financing: The United States Situation,” presented in 1987 at the International Bar Association/International Chamber of Commerce motion picture program at the Cannes Film Festival and also published in French translation in the magazine Film Exchange, No. 39

Law review article titled “Motion Picture Secured Transactions Under the Uniform Commercial Code: Problems in Perfection,” 13 University of California at Los Angeles Law Review 1214

Reported Cases:

Lead copyright and secured transactions counsel for appellant in: In re National Peregrine, Inc., et al. v. Capital Federal Savings (11 UCC Rep. Serv.2d 1025).

Attorney at Law
Phone: 310.274.3803
Cell: 310.990.3650
Fax: 310.860.2430
Email: psupnik@rufuslaw.com

Paul D. Supnik

Paul Supnik practices trademark, copyright, and entertainment law. He advises businesses in the selection and use of brand identities, protects trademarks through registration strategies, enhances value through licensing, and litigates trademark and copyright disputes. Paul has spoken on these subjects in the U.S. and internationally. Industries represented include: Internet, apparel, cosmetic, restaurant, advertising, sporting goods, software, financial, arts, and media. As a bar association leader, Paul has served as president of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, chair of both the Entertainment/IP Law and International Law Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar, and chair of the Los Angeles Lawyer magazine editorial board. Paul has a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of “AV” and has been selected by SuperLawyers® in the field of Intellectual Property for the years 2010 through 2013. He served as an adjunct associate professor at Southwestern Law School from 2008-2011.

Practice Areas:

Trademark Law
Preliminary injunction and seizure proceedings
Anti-counterfeit enforcement/defense
Litigation and trials of trademark infringement and unfair competition matters
Trademark/service mark selection and development
Trademark searches and interpretation
Federal registration
Foreign registration
Customs recordation
Opposition and cancellation proceedings
Counseling on appropriate trademark usage in advertising and packaging
Internet domain name disputes
Assignments and recordation
Licensing of trademarks and service marks

Copyright Law
Registration of copyright
Assignments and recordation
Copyright searches
Interpretation of domestic and foreign rights
Termination of transfers
Licensing and contract negotiation
Preliminary injunction and seizure proceedings
Anti-piracy enforcement/defense
Litigation and trials of infringement and license disputes

Internet Law
Internet domain name disputes
Website development agreements
Linking and sponsorship agreements
Content and trademark licensing

Entertainment/Media Law
Counseling and representing producers, writers, actors and directors in the motion picture and television industries
Negotiating and interpreting contracts
Production and distribution agreements
Option agreements
Life story rights agreements
Rights clearance
Title searches and interpretation
Privacy, publicity and defamation issues
Reviewing material for E&O requirements
Union and guild matters
Litigation and trials of entertainment cases in federal and state courts and arbitration tribunals

Merchandising and Licensing
Merchandising licenses, protection of rights in merchandising properties, litigation of merchandising rights.

Education:

B.S. UCLA: 1968

J.D. University of California Hastings College of the Law: 1971

Professional Affiliations:

State Bar of California (admitted 1972)

Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Chair, Editorial Board (1997-98)

Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section , Los Angeles County Bar Association, Chair (1979-80)

International Law Section , Los Angeles County Bar Association, Chair (2002-03)

International Law Section, State Bar of California, Executive Committee (2005-08)

Los Angeles Copyright Society, President (2001-02)

Hastings Alumni Association , Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter, President (1984-85)

Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats , National Vice President, United States (1990-92), Honorary Vice President (1993-)

Union Internationale des Avocats , Vice President, Entertainment Law Commission (1997-2001)

International Visitors Council of Los Angeles , Vice President (2001-06)

United States District Courts, Central , Southern and Northern Districts of California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ; Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Beverly Hills Bar Association (President’s Award, 2006; Beverly Hills Bar Foundation Board of Governors, 2006-12)

American Bar Association

Arbitrator, IFTA International Arbitration Tribunal

British American Business Council Los Angeles, Member, Board of Directors (2001-06)

International Trademark Association

Adjunct Associate Professor, Southwestern Law School, (2008-11)

Publications:

Co-Edited worldwide survey of reports presented at the meeting of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers at MIDEM 1993 in Cannes, Co-Editor, Enforcement of Copyright and Related Rights Affecting the Music Industry, IAEL, 1993

Authored chapter in Proof in Competitive Business Litigation, Author, “Copyright Infringement”, CEB, 1993

Law Journal article on interplay between trademarks and the entertainment industry, Author, “Designations of Source: Are they Necessary to Support Entertainment Industry Merchandising Rights?,” Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, 1986

Article in The Trademark Reporter, Author, “The Bell and Howell: Mamiya Case — Where Now Parallel Imports,” International Trademark Association, 1984

Article in The Visual Artist’s Business and Legal Guide, Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Committee for the Arts, reprinted by Jerome Headlands Press, Prentice-Hall, Author, Works Made for Hire, Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Committee for the Arts, 1981

“Protecting Trademarks Under the Madrid Protocol” Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (April 2004).

“Check Marks–A trademark audit is a useful tool for determining the cost-effectiveness of maintaining a client’s trademark portfolio” Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (May 2000).

“Mark of Distinction–A New Federal Law Protects Distinctive Trademarks Against Dilution Through Unauthorized Use” Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine (May 1997).

“Copyright Infringement” in Proof in Competitive Business Litigation, California Continuing Education of the Bar (1993).

“How to Stop Counterfeiting–A Practical Approach to the Industry’s Biggest Problem” Licensing Today International (June/July/August 1993); “Exploiting Entertainment Marks Internationally in a Downturned Economy” Licensing Today International (June/July 1992).

“Arbitration of Entertainment Industry Contingent Compensation Claims” in The Back End: A Look at Gross and Net Participations in the Wake of Buchwald v. Paramount, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section (1990).

Merchandising and Licensing, syllabus co-editor, sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1985).

“Diluting the Counterfeiters: New Trademark Rights and Remedies in Dealing with Entertainment and Merchandising Properties,” The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, ABA (Fall, 1985).

Copyright: Selected Practical Aspects of Enforcement and Protection, Editor, sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1984).

“Unions and Guilds” (coauthor) in Producing for Motion Pictures and Television, sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1983).

The Actors Manual: A Practical Guide to Your Career, Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Committee for the Arts, co-editor (1978), reprinted by Elsevier-Dutton (1980).

“First Amendment and Freedom of the Press”, Los Angeles County Bar Journal, Los Angeles County Bar Association , Co-Editor, symposium issue (May 1976).

Presentations:

“Cross Border Due Diligence,” panelist on Intellectual Property Issues, State Bar of California sponsored by the International Law Section, Monterey, California (2006).

“The Legal Business of the Film Industry,” California Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (2006).

“Fair Use as a Cherished Copyright Defense,” Ventura County Bar Association Intellectual Property Section (2006).

“International Copyright Basics,” HalfMoon Seminars, (2006).

“Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy,” Program Chair, State Bar of California International Law Section (2005).

“Intellectual Property Rights Abroad — How to Obtain, Maintain and Defend Them,” State Bar of California sponsored by the International Law Section and the Intellectual Property Section, moderator and speaker on international trademark and copyright, Monterey, California (2004).

“Damages in Copyright Infringement Litigation,” Association of Independent Music Publishers (2004).

“Protecting Your Client’s Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets 101,” State Bar of California Solo and Small Firm Section (2002).

“Music on the Internet–The United States Perspective” Union Internationale des Avocats, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2000).

“What the Business Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property, Assignments and Licenses”, American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Small Law Firms Committee, Fall Meeting (2000).

“Fundamentals of Business Practices Litigation,” panelist on copyright law, California Continuing Education of the Bar (2000).

“Anatomy of an AFMA Arbitration,” panelist, IFTA formerly (AFMA) and Los Angeles County Bar Association Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Section (2000).

“Enforcement of Trademarks Abroad”, panelist, Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats , Brussels, Belgium (1999).

“Entertainment Industry Arbitration: Domestic and International,” The Media District Intellectual Property Bar Association (1997).

“Multimedia Production Agreements and Rights Clearances,” Union Internationale des Avocats , Marrakech, Morocco (1994).

“Discovery Issues and Trial Proof in Competitive Business Litigation: Handling Intellectual Property Issues”, panelist, California Continuing Education of the Bar (1994).

“Enforcement of Copyright and Related Rights Affecting the Music Industry”, editor and moderator, Cannes, France, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (1993).

“Production and Distribution of Motion Pictures”, chair and moderator, London, England, Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (1991).

“Resolving Contractual Disputes in the Entertainment Industry”, UCLA Extension , program coordinator and moderator (1983).

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