April 02, 2012

Jenner & Block Partner David R. Singer has been named by Law360 as a “Rising Legal Star” of 2012, attorneys under the age of 40 “whose accomplishments in major litigation or transactions belie their age.”  Mr. Singer was selected by the publication as one of five rising media and entertainment law stars nationwide, for “his role in distribution and liability cases that have shaped an industry transformed by technology.”

In a lengthy profile published in its “Media and Entertainment” news section on March 28, 2012, Law360 highlights Mr. Singer’s recent success in blocking efforts by former NCAA athletes to obtain confidential broadcast agreements and licensing agreements from Firm clients Fox Broadcasting Company and the Big Ten Network, in connection with a putative antitrust class action against the NCAA and others in which Fox and BTN are not named as defendants.

The profile also notes Mr. Singer’s successful defense of MySpace in a sensitive case brought against the social network by parents of teenage girls who had been assaulted by men they had met on the site.  MySpace won the 2007 suit and the victory was affirmed by the California appeals court in one of the first decisions, at the start of the social networking era, that clarified the extent of internet companies’ liability for user-generated content.

In regard to Mr. Singer’s sympathetic handling of the case, Partner Richard L. Stone told Law360, “The ability to deploy tact and maturity in arguing cases is Singer’s distinctive approach, belying his youth…He’s aggressive, but he’s intelligently aggressive.  He knows exactly when he needs to be forceful.”

The article also quotes Partner Andrew H. Bart, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Content, Media & Entertainment Practice, who describes the challenges facing young attorneys who are interested in working in the media and entertainment industry, due to changes in the market caused by piracy and changes in methods of distribution.  Mr. Singer stresses the importance of building a broad-based understanding of the industry to succeed as a lawyer in the changing field.

Please click here to read the full text of the Law360 profile.