David Singer is Co-Chair of the firm’s nationally recognized Content, Media and 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.
David is currently representing the Las Vegas Review-Journal and its owners in a closely watched antitrust lawsuit between Las Vegas news rivals involving the enforceability of a Joint Operating Arrangement under the 1970 Newspaper Preservation Act – one of the last of its kind in the nation.
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 lawsuit based on the critically acclaimed movie Gone Girl.
He 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. He has been representing FOX Sports for more than 15 years in a variety of matters, including television rights, production, and distribution.
David has also represented and advised biotech firms, a national automotive supplier, drug manufacturers, and a major drug distributor in a wide range of matters including trade secrets, contract disputes, and antitrust claims.
Among many notable matters, David co-led a Jenner & Block team that obtained a significant win for medical supply distributor McKesson in an antitrust lawsuit accusing the company and others of conspiring to inflate prices for syringes and catheters. The case is on appeal in the Seventh Circuit. He served as co-lead counsel for 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 $130 million settlement for his clients on the first day of trial.
In addition, David has represented television broadcasters and copyright owners in some of the most significant 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 and Entertainment (California) category. In 2021, the Los Angeles Times honored him as a “Legal Visionary” for his leading work in the content, media, and entertainment sector. In 2015, Variety's "Legal Impact Report" listed him among the top lawyers in the entertainment industry, one of just 26 litigators selected. In 2015, the Daily Journal ranked David among the “Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers” in California. He was named a "Rising Star" by Law360 in 2012 and by Southern California Super Lawyers in 2008.
As a thought leader, David regularly presents on cutting edge legal topics such as content distribution, digital forensics and virtual reality. In 2020, David won the Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for his article on deepfake videos and their impact on Hollywood. In 2006, he received the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award.