Our Areas of Practice Include…
Our services include general corporate governance and transactional representation, including incorporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, sole proprietorships, development of standard contracts, asset and stock purchase agreements, franchise law, engine law, commercial litigation, and commercial leasing. We serve as general counsel to a host of corporate clients to fulfill fiduciary obligations and corporate compliance obligations.
When litigation is necessary, we have a proven track record representing clients in important and high-profile cases, including complex business, intellectual property, real estate, business, copyright, disability access (ADA), and employment matters. We are skilled inside and outside the courtroom, and combine tenacious trial skills with the ability to resolve disputes without litigation or publicity. We also bring to bear knowledge of transactional deals and practices in the entertainment business. This ensures a unified, sophisticated and knowledgeable approach to any litigation matter.
Our trusted advisors are uniquely positioned to design and prepare well-drafted estate plans to account for all of your needs. We ensure that, in the event of incapacity or death, your legacy is established for future generations. Whether giving to your local church or providing for your children and grandchildren, we are here to serve you. The process begins with an initial meeting between you and one our attorneys to discuss the specifics of your plan. We will then provide design options and begin preparing a customized to your specific needs. When everything is ready, you will meet with us once more to sign the documents. This entire process typically takes about three to four weeks to complete.
MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT
Our experience in entertainment and media cases crosses a wide range of matters in film, music, publishing and television, as well as artist management and agency issues. We have handled complex transactions and litigated cases for plaintiffs and defendants surrounding copyright, defamation, publicity rights and trademark matters, in addition to disputes involving allegations of breaches of contract and fiduciary duties.
- McPherson v. EF Intercultural Foundation, Inc., (2020) 47 Cal.App.5th 243 (invalidating unlimited vacation policies that violate Labor Code based on case-specific inquiry)
- City of Colton v. Singletary, (2012) 206 Cal.App.4th 751 (affirming violation of anti-SLAPP statute but permitting leave to strike specific allegations within a mixed cause of action; affirming that a criminal defendant’s non-litigated guilty plea is not dispositive of his factual guilt in a subsequent civil action)
- Al Davis v. Ma, 848 F. Supp.2d 1105 (2012) (granting summary judgment on the ground that unvaccinated puppy “in the process” of training to become a service dog did not meet legal definition of “service animal” under ADA; California Disabled Persons Act covering service dogs in training did not expand the legislative purpose of the ADA which covers only service dogs already trained to aid disability)
- Norma Davis v. Patel, 2011 WL 1155553 (C.D. Cal., Mar. 28, 2011) (granting Super 8 Motel
franchisee summary judgment on federal and state disability discrimination claims on the ground that ADA plaintiff was not accompanied by a qualified “service animal” as legally defined)