Firm: Jenner & Block LLP

Law School: Harvard University

Selected Clients: NBC/Universal, Fox, Sony Pictures, Viacom, Nielsen, and many others in the entertainment industry.

Years in Practice: 18

Most Challenging Case: I worked as co-counsel for a nationwide class of music publishers in the illegal download case against Grokster and other file-sharing services. After the decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, which held sites such as Grokster liable for copyright infringement, I helped negotiate favorable class-action settlements with two defendants, and we obtained summary judgment against the third defendant for inducing copyright infringement.

Best Career Moment: In 2000, I successfully defended Fox in a lawsuit brought by O.J. Simpson who, with the aid of Alan Dershowitz, F. Lee Bailey, and other members of his criminal defense “dream team,” tried to stop the broadcast of a television docu-drama about the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. The court agreed with our arguments and denied the plaintiffs’ request for a TRO and preliminary injunction, and the program was aired as planned.

Worst: Several years ago, during the trial of an idea submission case, I was forced to watch as the other side submitted doctored videotape evidence to the jury – in response to a “read-back” request during deliberations – and was unable to object or do anything about it because the judge was out of the courtroom. Fortunately, we won the case anyway and, in a measure of poetic justice, the opposing counsel later was disbarred.

Highlight From Past Year: Over the past few years, I defended Nielsen Business Media in a copyright infringement suit concerning a biography of Marilyn Monroe. I argued the case before the Ninth Circuit. The U.S. Supreme Court left our appellate victory in place, establishing new protections for the use of publicity photos.

Longest Workday: Often I am called on by entertainment industry clients to defend them against suits attempting to block imminent launches of widely anticipated projects. The nature of these matters can lead to emergency, round-the-clock work to meet tight TRO deadlines with the court and keep our client’s project from being derailed.

If I Weren’t an Attorney: Journalism was a career that I considered for a time, before becoming an attorney. I was a reporter for and editor of the Stanford Daily in college, which was a great experience, and which I think informs my writing to this day.

My Colleagues Don’t Know: I’m a history buff and know more than anyone really needs to know about ancient military history, including Hannibal’s campaigns and battles in Italy during the Second Punic War.

For reprint and licensing requests for this article, CLICK HERE.