Jenner & Block

Four Partners Named Among California's "Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers"

Four Jenner & Block partners – Julie A. Shepard, David R. Singer, Richard L. Stone and Andrew J. Thomas – were recently named among California’s “top 50 entertainment lawyers” by the Daily Journal.  Jenner & Block has more lawyers recognized on this elite list than any other law firm, which highlights the strength of our CME excellence.  Mr. Stone and Mr. Thomas were also recognized on last year’s inaugural list to the entertainment elite.

The profile of Ms. Shepard highlights her representation of client FX Networks in a dispute against Dish Network over claims that Dish violated her client’s exclusive right to premiere movies on TV.  Trial in the matter, with “multiple millions at stake,” is set for early next year. 

The profile of Mr. Singer notes that his current cases focus on two of the “hottest areas of law:  the intersection of television and real estate with the Internet.”  His work in this area includes representing Fox Broadcasting Co. in a copyright and breach of contract action against Dish Network as well as representing News Corp. subsidiary Move Inc. in a challenge to online real estate giants Zillow.com, Realtor.com and Trulia.com.

The profile of Mr. Stone observes that he served as lead counsel at every stage in the landmark Aereo litigation.  Rick represented Fox Broadcasting Company and other broadcasters in their copyright infringement suit against Aereo, resulting in last year’s US Supreme Court win for Rick’s clients.  Rick continued to safeguard his clients’ interests throughout the year, including when Aereo filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The profile of Mr. Thomas. describes his successful representation of Warner Bros. Entertainment in an infringement dispute related to fictional software called “Clean Slate” referenced in the movie The Dark Knight Rises.  A manufacturer of a real computer security software with the same name sued.  A district court dismissed the case; the Seventh Circuit upheld that dismissal; and the US Supreme Court declined to hear a further appeal.