Richard L. Stone is recognized as a leading trial lawyer, concentrating on antitrust, intellectual property and complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on the media and entertainment industries. Mr. Stone’s experience extends to litigating antitrust, copyright, trademark, patent, piracy, securities, commercial fraud and related business tort cases. He has handled numerous shareholder, consumer and antitrust class actions. Mr. Stone represents Fortune 100 and smaller companies engaged in the entertainment, communications, Internet, finance, high technology, transportation and retail industries, among others.
In addition to numerous jury trials, Mr. Stone’s experience includes representing clients in court-annexed and private arbitrations and in other alternative dispute resolution processes. While always aggressively pursuing clients' contractual and legal rights, he is alert to clients' interests in diminishing the expense and distraction that litigation may impose, and he works with clients to maximize their litigation posture and to explore alternative solutions to legal problems.
The Hollywood Reporter named Mr. Stone one of the top 100 entertainment “Power Lawyers” in America each year from 2012-2016. He is also recognized in Variety's 2015 "Legal Impact Report," a listing of the top lawyers in the entertainment industry, and one of just 26 litigators selected. In 2015, Mr. Stone received the prestigious California Lawyer “Attorney of the Year” award for his work in the high-stakes copyright battle against video streaming start-up Aereo Inc., winning a US Supreme Court ruling in June 2014 on behalf of broadcasters.
In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Stone was named as one of the “Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers” in California, as published by the Daily Journal. He was also recognized among the "Top IP Litigators in California" in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by the Daily Journal and as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” in 2013, 2014 and 2016, joining a distinguished list of attorneys whose work is changing an industry, the law or society as a whole. In addition, Law360 named him a “Media & Entertainment MVP” in 2013, while Chambers USA has consistently rated Mr. Stone as a leading media and entertainment litigator since 2008 and as a top general commercial litigator in 2010. Client feedback, as captured in the Chambers USA guide, identifies Mr. Stone as “a fierce advocate who understands how to take our business considerations into legal strategy” and recognizes his "remarkable ability to break down complex matters into concepts that are easy to understand." Mr. Stone has also been recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers every year since 2007.