With offices in the world’s major entertainment and media centers, including Los Angeles, New York, Silicon Valley, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Sydney, we have extensive expertise litigating all types of industry disputes. We represent motion picture studios, television networks, music broadcasters, financiers, distributors, publishers, video game developers and publishers, sports teams and leagues, talent, and talent agencies in their most important disputes.
The entertainment and media industries are governed by idiosyncratic rules and precedents developed over decades. At the same time, the rapid growth of new technologies and entrants into the industries – such as video gaming and social media – has generated novel legal issues. Experience in the industries and innovative strategies are critical to success. Our lawyers have tried and arbitrated many high stakes cases involving claims in diverse, but often related, areas such as breach of contract, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secrets, fraud, idea theft, and unfair competition.
No firm has more depth and breadth of talent:
John B. Quinn has represented entertainment and media clients in dozens of high profile cases and has served for over 30 years as General Counsel of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Kathleen Sullivan is the former Dean of Stanford Law School, First Amendment scholar, nationally renowned appellate advocate, and head of the firm’s appellate practice group. She regularly handles appeals of key entertainment and media issues.
Robert Raskopf co-chairs the firm’s National Media & Entertainment Practice and is a leader of the sports, entertainment, and media bars in New York.
Claude Stern represents leading software developers, video game publishers, and other media clients in all forms of intellectual property litigation.
Gary Gans co-chairs the firm’s National Media & Entertainment Practice and is an expert in motion picture finance, production and distribution disputes, as well as in copyright and other intellectual property cases.
Jeff McFarland co-chairs the firm’s National Media & Entertainment Practice. He represents production companies, television networks, talent agencies, actors/producers/directors, computer hardware manufacturers, and consumer electronics companies in litigation around the country.
Carey Ramos co-chairs the firm’s National Media & Entertainment Practice. He represents prominent clients in widely publicized patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret actions involving music, motion pictures, theatre and fashion/luxury products.
Robert Schwartz is a nationally recognized advocate who represents film, television, music, video game and broadcast industry clients, on both the studio/distributor side and the talent side, in a wide array of subject areas.
Bruce Van Dalsem has tried and resolved major disputes for studios, producers, and performing artists in the film, television, music and finance businesses.
Michael Williams has represented media clients in trademark, copyright, patent, antitrust and other commercial litigation.
Alex Spiro represents A-list entertainers and media personalities and handles crisis intervention for entertainment and media companies.
Outside the United States, Kami Haeri (Paris) has represented Warner Bros. in connection with its French operations. Trevor Soames (Brussels) has represented a major Hollywood studio as well as the Motion Picture Association of America in connection with European Commission investigations and related litigation. Stephen Mavroghenis (Brussels) has represented major Hollywood studios and telecommunications companies in European Commission investigations, among other matters. Ted Greeno (London) has represented Sky Television in intellectual property, media and other disputes over many years. John Rhie (Hong Kong) has represented media and entertainment companies based in Asia such as CJ E&M and Spackman Group.
Our lawyers have tried and arbitrated high-stakes cases for entertainment and media clients in numerous areas, including:
Public Recognition and Accolades:
Our partners are regularly recognized by trade publications and guides as leaders in the field. This includes Band 1 recognition by Chambers & Partners in the media and entertainment litigation space, the Hollywood Reporter’s annual “Power Lawyers”/Top 100 rankings, Variety’s annual “Legal Impact” listing, “Entertainment Litigator of the Year” recognition, the “Game Changer of the Year” award by The Recorder legal newspaper for innovative legal strategies in copyright litigation, and “Lawyer of the Week” recognition by The American Lawyer magazine.
The Hollywood Reporter also identified two Quinn Emanuel cases, our representation of TVEyes and our representation of the Washington Redskins, to its list of “8 Cases That Would Impact Entertainment and Media” in the Supreme Court.
Members of our group are frequent authors and presenters at bar associations and professional symposia on media industry issues. One of our partners is the author of four chapters in the 2011 Oxford University Press treatise Entertainment Litigation and the 2014 and 2017 revisions, Entertainment Law & Litigation: Copyright (direct infringement), Copyright (secondary liability), Law Of Ideas/Contracts/Credit, and Trademark & Unfair Competition.
Advertising and Screen Credit
Financing, production and distribution
Copyright, idea submission, and implied-in-fact contracts
Defamation and right of publicity, including name-and-likeness rights
Participations and royalties
Patents and trade secrets
Personal service contracts, including executive and employee mobility claims
Privacy, including Video and Biometric Information Privacy Acts
Trademark, trade dress, and antipiracy
Other notable matters
* Some representations concluded before the lead partner joined Quinn Emanuel
Quinn Emanuel mourns the loss of one of its name partners, Bill Urquhart. Bill joined the firm 31 years ago when it was just a few lawyers in downtown Los Angeles. Bill was a visionary and helped lead a transformation of the firm from a small litigation boutique to the largest and most successful litigation firm in the world, with over 800 lawyers in 23 offices on four continents.
In his legal practice, Bill was a sage counselor and trusted advisor for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for numerous Fortune 100 companies in their most important disputes — matters that usually involved tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. Over the years he advised IBM, Hughes, Johnson Controls, CNA, Nokia and Qualcomm, among many many others.
For the many people at the firm who were fortunate to know Bill, he was more than a visionary partner and excellent lawyer, he was also a friend, who lived and loved life. He was loved and will be missed.
He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief.