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USA California Media & Entertainment: Litigation

This section covers all aspects of work related to the broader media and entertainment sector, encompassing film & television, music, publishing, theatre and art as well as social and other digital media. Within these sectors, we spotlight those firms and lawyers who concentrate on either contentious or non-contentious matters. Litigation includes intellectual property, contractual and antitrust disputes as well as First Amendment litigation (which encompasses defamation and access disputes on behalf of news organisation, journalists and other publishers). On the non-contentious side, Chambers recognises lawyers who advise on all aspects of the creation and distribution of content, including production, financing and distribution concerns.

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Band 1
  1. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    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. The firm is increasingly active in copyright infringement litigation on behalf of clients in the music industry.
  2. Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
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    Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    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.
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Band 2
  1. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 2 | 18 Years Ranked
    Renowned group of litigators consistently engaged in high-stakes litigation for an enviable client roster made up of entertainment, media and technology companies. Capable of handling a broad range of matters, including contractual, accounting and intellectual property disputes, as well as profit participation litigation. Offers additional strength in First Amendment litigation.
  2. O'Melveny & Myers LLP
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    O'Melveny & Myers LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    Long history of handling entertainment litigation on behalf of high-profile individuals and companies involved in the film, television and music industries. Experienced in a wide range of disputes, including contractual, intellectual property, profit participation and defamation matters. Also offers experience in disputes pertaining to sports broadcasting and live entertainment.
  3. Jenner & Block LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 2
  4. Kendall, Brill & Kelly LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
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    Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    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. Represents 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.
  2. Katten
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    Katten
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 3 | 10 Years Ranked
    Highly respected group of litigators with extensive experience of advising media and entertainment companies on a wide array of disputes, including intellectual property, 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.
  3. Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley LLP
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    Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    Highly respected litigators serving an enviable list of corporate and individual clients, with extensive experience representing well-known recording artists and their estates. Capable of handling the full range of contractual and intellectual property disputes and also adept at handling profit participation and vertical integration litigation.
  4. Paul Hastings LLP
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    Paul Hastings LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 3 | 2 Years Ranked
    Wide-ranging media and entertainment offering with a growing team of dedicated litigators complementing its enviable bench of renowned transactional lawyers. Adept at handling the full gamut of disputes including antitrust, profit participation and copyright infringement matters. Acts for an impressive roster of clients, which includes motion picture studios, production companies, talent agencies and record labels.
  5. Lavely & Singer PC
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 3
  6. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Glaser, Weil, Fink, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP
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    Glaser, Weil, Fink, Howard, Avchen & Shapiro, LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 4 | 19 Years Ranked
    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.
  2. Latham & Watkins LLP
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    Latham & Watkins LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    Latham & Watkins LLP fields a highly impressive entertainment, sports & media practice. The firm has a strong track record in high-stakes litigation involving media and entertainment companies, as well as the ability to draw upon its market-leading transactional practice. The group's expertise is wide-ranging, spanning intellectual property, antitrust and breach of contract claims.
  3. Loeb & Loeb LLP
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    Loeb & Loeb LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 4 | 8 Years Ranked
    Loeb & Loeb LLP has a storied national entertainment practice with notable capability in contentious matters in addition to its premier transactional offering. The firm is particularly adept in copyright disputes, and also offers strength in profit participation and contractual disputes.
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    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 4 | 6 Years Ranked
    Respected media and entertainment group which provides expert representation to talent and companies in the music, television and film industries. Demonstrates strength in intellectual property and breach of contract disputes involving the financing, production and distribution of content.
  5. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
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    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 4 | 18 Years Ranked
    Experienced litigators proficient in a wide range of media and entertainment disputes, including profit participation, intellectual property and defamation disputes. Services prominent film studios, television networks and production companies, as well as individuals.
  6. Sidley Austin LLP
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    Sidley Austin LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    Sidley Austin LLP undertakes high-stakes litigation for clients in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. The team is particularly prominent for its representation of record labels and others in the music business, and is also a go-to firm for clients in film and television. Its areas of expertise include intellectual property, contractual, profit participation and accounting disputes.
  7. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 4
  8. Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
    Media & Entertainment: Litigation
    USA 2022 | Band 4