Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world — a place where disputes arise involving celebrities as well as the people who represent them and manage their careers. This creates a demand for a level of sophistication necessary in all aspects of the entertainment industry.
Our attorneys have represented movie and television studios, record companies, musicians, actors, songwriters, managers, promoters, studio executives and media personalities. A partial list includes: Rod Stewart, Elton John, Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles), Lionel Richie, Sean Connery, Larry King, Motley Crüe, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Tupac Shakur’s Estate, Stone Temple Pilots and others.
We have a multitude of war stories. Years ago, one of our attorneys helped Rod Stewart recover millions of dollars from a former manager who tried to enforce a management contract after pilfering funds from the artist. Since then, we have won multiple cases for Rod, including victories in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal.
Don Felder was a key member of the Eagles and wrote the music for the band’s biggest hit, Hotel California. After he left the band, we litigated his claims and ultimately obtained a settlement for the singer/songwriter. We also helped rock band Mötley Crüe re-group following a challenge to its management; with its manager in place, the band subsequently released a comeback album and embarked on a global tour, generating critical acclaim and financial success.
Our attorneys have represented a European concert promoter against Michael Jackson for failing to perform two concerts over the Millennium—one in Sydney and the other in Honolulu —and won a multi-million dollar jury verdict [Read the article]. Our attorneys have also obtained summary judgment for Universal Music Group in a trademark infringement action [Read the article]; obtained summary judgment for Bob Dylan in a contract dispute; won the dismissal of a contractual interference claim for entertainer/media executive Byron Allen and his Entertainment Studios involving the film rights to the life of Sammy Davis Jr. [Read the article]; won summary judgment for Mötley Crüe in a copyright infringement action [Read the article]; favorably represented an heir of the Spencer Tracy Estate in a breach of fiduciary duty action; and our attorneys have handled matters for MGM, Paramount, Lions Gate, Sony, Miramax and EMI/Capitol Records.
Whether on the studio, talent or management side, Miller Barondess is experienced and able to handle any dispute in the entertainment business.