Tom is Of Counsel in the firm's Los Angeles Office. His practice focuses on complex, high-stakes litigation in the areas of technology, intellectual property, entertainment, and privacy.
Tom has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts around the country. He's prevailed against the Estate of William Faulkner in a copyright case in Mississippi against Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, and against famed New Orleans musician Paul Batiste in multiple copyright claims against Grammy-winning recording artist T-Pain in Louisiana. He's won dismissal of Viacom International from a trademark case by Gibson Guitars, and summary judgment for David Guetta for The Black Eyed Peas' Grammy-winning I Gotta Feeling. Tom has represented Google in the groundbreaking lawsuit by Perfect 10, establishing Google's eligibility for multiple safe harbors against money damages under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. And at the Motion Picture Association, Tom sheparded multiple eight-figure, precedent-setting victories against new and novel piracy operations, and also worked collaboratively across the table with Internet infrastructure providers to establish common goals, common ground, and mutually beneficial solutions.
Tom's practice has included multiple other areas of litigation, including false advertising, white collar crime, trusts and estates, internal investigations, and appeals.
A significant part of Tom's practice focuses on privacy law. In addition to being a seasoned litigator, Tom is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), and served as Data Protection Officer for a major trade association. Tom represents both plaintiffs and defendants in privacy litigation, and also advises major corporations on privacy issues under developing privacy laws in the U.S. and abroad.
Before joining Quinn Emanuel, Tom served as law clerk to the Hon. Milan D. Smith, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- Amazon Studios
- Paramount Pictures
- Warner Bros.
- Sony Pictures
- Viacom International
- Comcast Corporation
- David Guetta
- The Harry Fox Agency
- Represented Google in groundbreaking lawsuit by Perfect 10, establishing Google's eligibility for multiple safe harbors against money damages under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
- Obtained complete dismissal of Viacom International from trademark infringement suit by Gibson Guitars regarding a V-shaped ukulele featuring SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Won summary judgment for Grammy Award winning artist T-Pain against copyright infringement claims regarding dozens of musical works by New Orleans musician Paul Batiste in the Eastern District of Louisiana.
- Won motion to dismiss on fair use grounds for Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris – in a case brought by William Faulker’s estate in the Northern District of Mississippi.
- Won summary judgment in copyright case for The Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling, deposing plaintiff’s expert musicologist.
- Won motion to dismiss infringement claim regarding Fox’s Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, for lack of substantial similarity with plaintiffs’ work.
- Won motion to dismiss infringement claim against TV series Touch, for lack of substantial similarity.
- Obtained multiple eight-figure damage awards against piracy operations in the Central District of California, including against streaming services, IPTV services, and channel suppliers.
- University of Virginia School of Law
- Virginia Law Review:
- Essays Editor
- Virginia Law Review:
- Princeton University
(A.B., with Honors, 2002)
- The State Bar of California
- The State Bar of New York
- United States Court of Appeals
- Sixth Circuit
- Ninth Circuit
- United States District Court
- Central District of California
- Northern District of California
- Southern District of New York
- Hon. Milan D. Smith, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Law Clerk
- Loeb & Loeb LLP, Associate
- Motion Picture Association, Inc., Vice President, Content Protection Legal and Privacy Counsel