Andrew J. Thomas is a media and entertainment litigator who focuses on copyright and trademark matters, First Amendment cases, and complex business litigation. Clients ranging from motion picture studios and television networks to book publishers and video game companies seek his representation at the trial and appellate levels in matters including intellectual property rights, defamation and privacy, unfair competition claims, and prior restraints on speech.
Mr. Thomas was recognized as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in 2018 for the firm's jury trial victory in a suit over rights to the works of author John Steinbeck. He also was recognized in Variety’s 2015 and 2016 "Legal Impact Report," a listing of the top lawyers in the entertainment industry. In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Thomas was named as one of the “Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers” in California, as published by the Daily Journal. In 2015, the Daily Journal also recognized him as one of the state’s “Top IP Litigators.” In addition, Chambers USA has consistently named Mr. Thomas a leading California Media and Entertainment Litigation lawyer, while the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized him as a top entertainment lawyer in its 2010 edition of "Who's Who in L.A. Law."
Mr. Thomas is a member of the firm's Content, Media & Entertainment and Complex Commercial Litigation practices. He is an officer and two-term board member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and regularly writes and speaks on topics relating to intellectual property and entertainment law. Mr. Thomas was an adjunct lecturer on media law at the University of Southern California and a lecturer on defamation and privacy law at the Southwestern University School of Law.
In his more than 25 years of practice, Mr. Thomas has litigated and tried a variety of media, entertainment and complex commercial cases in state and federal court. He has successfully handled bench trials, jury trials, and arbitrations and has litigated more than 50 appeals in the California appellate courts and in the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Thomas focuses his practice on intellectual property and contractual disputes for clients in the media and entertainment industries. He has represented motion picture studios, television networks, videogame companies, newspapers, magazines, book publishers, and photo agencies in cases involving claims of copyright and trademark infringement, allegations of libel and invasion of privacy, idea submission claims, prior restraints, right of publicity claims, and contractual disputes over copyright ownership and distribution rights.