Jenner & Block

Our Los Angeles lawyers focus on complex commercial litigation, entertainment company representation and intellectual property dispute resolution.  Each of these practice areas is briefly described below.

Complex Commercial Litigation

The Los Angeles office proudly continues the 100-year-old Jenner & Block tradition of providing the highest quality service to clients facing complex commercial litigation challenges.  Our litigators are comfortable trying cases and arguing appeals in federal and state court and are equally experienced in resolving disputes through domestic and international arbitration proceedings.  One of the Los Angeles partners is a former chair of the International Law Section for the State Bar of California.  Some of our recent representations include the following matters:

  • We represented one of the largest publishing companies in the world in a federal court case involving an alleged M&A transaction, executive employment packages, and claimed intellectual property rights.  After much of the case was dismissed on summary judgment, the Los Angeles team tried three contract and fraud claims in the US District Court for the Central District of California.
  • A team from the Los Angeles office successfully represented an international energy company in lawsuits alleging that greenhouse gas emissions from numerous energy and manufacturing companies, including our client, have caused global warming.  The cases have been litigated in the federal trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • We represented outside shareholders in a bankruptcy proceeding alleging that the directors and officers of a publicly traded real estate company had breached their fiduciary duties and mismanaged the company.  After several weeks of testimony, the court ruled in our client’s favor and the company’s management was ousted.

Entertainment Company Representation

The Los Angeles office serves as the West Coast platform for Jenner & Block’s Content, Media & Entertainment Practice, which earned Chambers USA’s "Award for Excellence" in 2012 and 2014.  The practice has received Legal 500’s highest rankings, and the firm was recognized by Managing Intellectual Property magazine as the “Copyright Firm of the Year” in 2010 and 2011.  The Hollywood Reporter has recognized our Los Angeles partners as "Power Lawyers" in the entertainment industry since 2012.  The Los Angeles Business Journal named another partner in the top 40 of LA's top entertainment lawyers in 2010.

The practice serves high-profile clients such as the Motion Picture Association of America, Disney, Fox, NBC Universal, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Viacom and Warner Bros.  Recent representations include the following:

  • The firm represented broadcasting companies in copyright infringement cases that threaten the current over-the-air broadcasting business model. In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in ABC v. Aereo in favor of our clients, resulting in a monumental win for broadcasters and copyright owners. The defeat eventually sealed Aereo’s fate, as the company filed for Chapter 11 in November 2014.  The firm continues to represent the broadcasters in the bankruptcy. 
  • The firm represented all of the major U.S. film studios in a copyright infringement suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, obtaining summary judgment for the plaintiffs in the first U.S. decision to address the merits of copyright claims against a peer-to-peer BitTorrent file trading service.  The firm won the appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • The firm represented News Corporation’s Fox Sports in a dispute between the broadcaster and the Los Angeles Dodgers over the planned sale of the team and its assets, including media rights. Fox Sports regional Prime Ticket sports network has the current contract with the franchise and the exclusive right to broadcast the Dodgers’ regular season games through the end of the 2013 baseball season.  When it was announced that the team would be sold in an effort to resolve its Chapter 11 reorganization, the Dodgers tried to renege on that deal and sell the broadcast rights.
  • We are defending NBC Universal, Universal Studios and a dozen related companies in a copyright and breach of contract action brought by the Sheldon Abend estate.  We obtained the dismissal of all claims against the defendants in 2011.
  • We defended Warner Bros. in a trademark infringement suit based on a fictional software depicted in the Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.
  • We defended Warner Bros. and Fox in a copyright infringement suit based on the television series Past Life, brought by the author of an unproduced film.

Intellectual Property Disputes and Counseling

Following the lead of our other offices, the Los Angeles office hosts a distinguished intellectual property practice, which provides the highest quality service to domestic and international clients involved in patent litigation and other intellectual property disputes.  Patent lawyers and commercial litigators in the Los Angeles office look for opportunities to work together in representing companies in complex intellectual property disputes around the country as well as complex international patent strategies.  Examples of recent representations follow:

  • We represent the world’s premier manufacturer of lighting control devices in a patent infringement suit against several competitors in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
  • We represent the market leader in power distribution units for use in rack-mount server applications in a patent infringement litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada against one of its primary competitors.
  • We represented a Southern California hospital group in a state court lawsuit alleging trade name infringement and unfair competition brought by a regional competitor.  The trial of the case in Orange County Superior Court in 2010 resulted in a full defense verdict for the firm’s client.

Los Angeles

633 West 5th Street
Suite 3600
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2054
Phone: 213 239-5100
Fax: 213 239-5199