Veteran entertainment industry litigator James Curry, who has represented every major Hollywood studio and broadcast network, has joined Loeb & Loeb’s Los Angeles office as a partner, the firm announced.
Curry previously was a partner at the Century City office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.
He specializes in complex entertainment cases involving commercial and intellectual property litigation as well as libel and slander in television news. Recently Curry successfully defended a major network against a $77 million distribution accounting claim, Loeb said.
“Jim’s depth and range of experience in the courtroom, spanning both commercial and soft (intellectual property) litigation, will be a valuable asset to us and our clients,” Dan Murphy, co-chair of Loeb’s litigation department, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to the team to continue the expansion of our media and entertainment litigation capabilities.”
Curry settled a contentious case for CBS in 2014 over a claim estimated at $100 million by the Hollywood Reporter. Agent George Litto had sued the network and the estate of “Hawaii Five-0” creator Leonard Freeman for a share of the profits from the reboot of the series, according to reports at the time. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Curry’s other clients have included Walt Disney Co., Paramount, Showtime, Fox, ABC, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, MGM, Saban Entertainment, MTM Enterprises, Infinity Broadcasting and Westwood One, according to Sheppard Mullin.
Curry is also experienced in government agency work, including representing the city of Lynwood, as well as construction defect and inverse condemnation matters.
Earlier in his career, Curry was with the firm of White O’Connor Curry.
He received his BA from Stanford University and his JD from the University of Chicago.