David Singer is Co-Chair of the firm’s nationally-recognized Content, Media & Entertainment Practice and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property, Trade Secrets, Antitrust, and Litigation practice groups. He has represented major motion picture studios, broadcast and cable television networks, live entertainment promoters, newspapers, book publishers, marketing agencies, technology companies, and biotech firms. He counsels and represents clients in many areas, including copyright, trade secrets, trademarks, antitrust, right of publicity, and complex commercial disputes. David has also represented some of the largest Internet websites. He successfully defended claims in seminal litigation involving user-generated content and the Communications Decency Act, and one of the first antitrust cases brought against a large social media network.
In 2018, David represented Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., author Gillian Flynn, director David Fincher and producers Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea in securing the dismissal of a copyright infringement claim based on the critically acclaimed movie Gone Girl.
David regularly provides production and distribution advice to major studios and television networks. David has also litigated disputes involving television license agreements for professional and college sports, Super Bowl advertising, and the use of music in sports broadcasts.
David has also represented and advised biotech firms, drug manufacturers, and a major drug distributor in a wide range of matters including trade secrets, contract disputes, and antitrust claims
In June 2016, serving as co-lead counsel, David represented News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc. and the National Association of Realtors in a high profile trade secrets lawsuit against online real estate portal Zillow and two of its senior executives, securing a $130M settlement for his clients on the first day of trial.
David also represented television broadcasters and copyright owners in some of the most closely watched copyright lawsuits affecting the television industry, including WNET v. Aereo and Fox Broadcasting Company v. DISH Network.
David has been a Chambers USA “recognized practitioner” in the Media & Entertainment (California) category, and Variety's 2015 "Legal Impact Report" lists him among the top lawyers in the entertainment industry, and one of just 26 litigators selected. In 2015, the Daily Journal ranked David among the “Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers” in California. As a thought leader, David regularly presents on cutting edge legal topics like content distribution, digital forensics and virtual reality. David was named a "Rising Star" by Law360 in 2012 and by Southern California Super Lawyers in 2008. In 2006, he received the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award.