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Louis P Petrich

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Louis P. Petrich is one of the most experienced attorneys practicing media law in the United States. He has argued several landmark First Amendment and intellectual property cases, and his clients include titans of the entertainment industry in television, film, and insurance.

Lou frequently lectures on copyright, right of publicity, and media issues, and has advised legislators on the development of media law at the state and federal level. He has served on the Board of Trustees and as past president of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, of which he is currently a member.




U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

Media Law Resource Center, President, Defense Counsel Section, 2014; Chairperson, Entertainment Law Committee, 2005-2009

Los Angeles County Bar Association

California State Bar Association

Los Angeles Copyright Society, member; Board of Trustees, 1995-2000 and 1980-1982; President, 1987-1988

American Bar Association


University of California, Los Angeles, Law School (J.D. 1965)

Managing Editor, UCLA Law Review

Order of the Coif

University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. 1962)