Los Angeles



Our Los Angeles attorneys help clients build city infrastructure, improve health care, advance technology and bring deep industry knowledge to fashion, art and entertainment.

Given LA’s position as a thriving business center, our attorneys there practice domestically and abroad on a range of finance, corporate, intellectual property, litigation and transactional matters.

Our clients are public agencies, cultural institutions, strategic and private investors, artists, fashion brands, health care organizations, emerging growth companies and renowned academic institutions creating innovations that will drive society far into the future. They include the City and County of Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the University of Southern California, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, H&M, Express, the Estate of Notorious B.I.G., Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Caltech.

We are committed to playing an active role in strengthening local organizations and participate in advancing charitable causes of the community. As an example, the Los Angeles office represented Venice Family Clinic in its historic acquisition of Common Ground, ensuring that Common Ground’s facility in Santa Monica will be able to provide continued support to those living with HIV and AIDS.

Alum Ellie Altshuler is Ahead of the Curve

November 05, 2018

Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Altshuler is featured in this Loyola Law School article on the path she took to becoming the go-to lawyer for YouTube content creators and social media influencers seeking to expand their brand.

21st-century influencer

Los Angeles Business Journal | July 30, 2018

Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Altshuler is quoted in this article for her outlook on challenges surrounding content ownership as the relationship between brands and social media influencers evolves.

How autonomous vehicles disrupt transportation planning

The Bond Buyer | July 27, 2018

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo is quoted in this article on how autonomous vehicles will impact the future of transportation planning.

The Jetson effect on transportation

The Bond Buyer | July 24, 2018

Los Angeles Project Finance and Public Finance partner Rudy Salo provides his perspective on how driverless cars will impact mass transit planning in this Bond Buyer podcast.

Top 40 under 40

Los Angeles Daily Journal | June 25, 2018

Los Angeles corporate partner Ellie Altshuler was named as one of the top 40 attorneys in California under the age of 40 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.

The value of your home could get a big twist from autonomous cars

Forbes | June 18, 2018

Los Angeles real estate partner Justin Thompson wrote this column analyzing the potential impact of autonomous vehicles on residential real estate, including the possible end of the two-car garage.

Unintended consequences? The potential impact autonomous vehicles could have on your home

Forbes | June 18, 2018

Los Angeles Office Managing Partner Justin Thompson wrote this contributed column analyzing the potential impact of autonomous vehicles on residential real estate, including the possible end of the two-car garage.

An APP-etite for Feedback

Medium.com | June 05, 2018

Director of Diversity and Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu wrote this contributed article about Nixon Peabody’s instant feedback tool for associates, called Here and Now: Real-Time Feedback.

LGBT pride: Weighing the state of equality in the law

Law360 | June 01, 2018

San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor and Los Angeles intellectual property partner Seth Levy are quoted in this story on the strides LGBT attorneys have made in the legal industry.

Three steps to developing a successful legal niche

Forbes | May 24, 2018

Los Angeles intellectual property partner Staci Riordan is mentioned in this article about how to establish a personal niche in the legal industry.  Staci combined her legal skills with her love of fashion to become a successful fashion attorney.

“I am an Arab American.”

Medium.com | May 09, 2018

Los Angeles public finance partner Rudy Salo, an Arab-American with family roots in Lebanon, wrote this piece about the importance of the California State Senate’s recent resolution declaring Arab American Heritage Month.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | May 07, 2018

In this roundup of promotions to partner and firm management positions, 14 attorneys from Nixon Peabody are highlighted. The 11 attorneys promoted to partner are Ellie Altshuler, Mark Beaudoin, Erik Birkeneder, Hannah Bornstein, Chris Browning, Barry Carrigan, Keri McWilliams, Matt Mullen, Steven Richard, Charles Tamuleviz and Alison Torbitt. In addition, Kenneth C. Lind was promoted to leader of the firms’ public finance practice group, Justin Thompson was promoted to office managing partner in LA, and Aaron Yowell was promoted to chief innovation officer.

East County gym sued over transgender locker access

Fox 5 San Diego | May 02, 2018

Los Angeles labor and employment associate Erin Holyoke is quoted in this article about a discrimination lawsuit filed by Nixon Peabody and the ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties on behalf of their client Christynne Wood, a transgender woman, against a Crunch Fitness gym in San Diego county.

The rise of retaliation rates

HR Executive | April 18, 2018

Los Angeles labor and employment associate Alicia Anderson is quoted in this article discussing the results of the latest Global Business Ethics Survey, which found record numbers of employees reporting misconduct within their organizations and a sharp rise in reports of retaliation against whistleblowers.

Why hasn't the hip-hop boom pushed more black executives to the top?

Billboard | April 13, 2018

Los Angeles IP Counseling and Transactions partner Julian Petty is quoted in this article discussing the lack of black executives in an industry that is increasingly driven by urban music and black culture.

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms and Stories On Law360

Law360 | April 08, 2018

The article “Tax Reform’s Impact on Private Equity,” written by NP attorneys Sean Clancy, Shahzad Malik, Praveen Ayyagari and Brian Mahoney, was one of Law360’s most-clicked items last week.

Power Lawyers: 11 Top Music Attorneys for John Legend, BTS and More

The Hollywood Reporter | April 05, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty, whose clients include Childish Gambino and the estate of Notorious B.I.G., has been named a Top Music Attorney in the Power Lawyers issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

Tax Reform’s Impact On Private Equity

Law360 | April 03, 2018

Washington DC public company transactions partner Sean Clancy and associate Praveen Ayyagari, Rochester M&A and corporate transactions associate Brian Mahoney and Los Angeles M&A and corporate transactions partner Shahzad Malik contributed this expert analysis column on tax reform’s impact on private equity.

Ex-Tenant can't revive NJ suit over utility billing system

Law360 | March 28, 2018

Long Island commercial litigation partner Dan Gibbons successfully prevailed on the appeal of this case involving a class action over a utility billing system at a New Jersey apartment complex.  Dan along with Los Angeles government investigations and white collar defense partner Jason Gonzalez and associate Neal Gauger represented Yes Energy Management Inc. in this matter.

Frances McDormands Diversity Dream for Hollywood Faces Hurdles

Bloomberg | March 15, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Ellie Altshuler is quoted in this story about the possibility of widespread adoption for “inclusion riders”— a clause in an entertainer’s contract that mandates a diverse cast and crew for the project.

Daily Dicta: Nixon Peabody’s B.I.G. Win

AmLaw Daily | March 12, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty successfully defended the estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. in a copyright suit. Riordan is quoted in this article, saying the ruling “is sure to become an influential decision on music copyright infringement cases.”

Copyright Lawsuit Against Rita Ora, Notorious B.I.G. Estate Dismissed

Billboard | March 09, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty are quoted for their representation of the estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. in the successful defense of a copyright suit filed by a 1960s revolutionary poet.

Notorious B.I.G. Shakes Copyright Row Over 'Party' Song

Law360 | March 09, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty are mentioned in this article on NP’s win representing the estate of rapper Notorious B.I.G. A judge ruled the rapper’s use of a phrase from a 1960s poem was permissible under copyright law because it was “transformative.”

Tegna Goes Shopping for Big Four Affiliates

The Deal | March 02, 2018

Public Company Transactions practice group leader John Partigan and attorneys Brian Kopp, Mike Hausknecht, Allan Floro, Justin Thompson, Sean Clancy, Pierce Han, Erin Kansy and Carolyn Lowry were mentioned in this article for representing Tegna in its recent purchase of a CBS-affiliated TV station and two radio stations in San Diego.

What Does Black History Month Mean to the Music Industry?

Pigeons and Planes | February 26, 2018

Los Angeles IP transactions and counseling of counsel Carron Mitchell is quoted in this article on how she views the significance of Black History Month in the music industry, and the need for greater representation in leadership roles.

Demand for Esports-Friendly Venues to Grow

GlobeSt.com | February 23, 2018

Los Angeles public finance partner Rudy Salo and Washington DC public finance associate Noah Lebowitz authored this column about the growing demand for esports venues and the opportunities it presents for communities and developers.

Report: Esports, Social Media Stars Drive Digital Media Job Growth

Los Angeles Business Journal | February 16, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Ellie Altshuler is quoted in this article on what metrics are most important in measuring social media impact.

4 Things Real Estate Lawyers Need to Know About Bitcoin

Law360 | February 14, 2018

Los Angeles Office Managing Partner Justin Thompson and real estate associate Garth Bostic are quoted in this article about the factors real estate lawyers need to consider as bitcoin becomes a more popular method of payment in property transactions.

STYLE - Stating Her Fashion Case: Ellie Altshuler - Nixon Peabody

Los Angeles Business Journal | February 02, 2018

This feature of Los Angeles IP counseling & transactions partner Ellie Altshuler discusses her promotion to partner and how she fuses her practice in fashion law with her fashion style.

Music Attorney Julian Petty on Biggie, A Tribe Called Quest & Childish Gambino's RCA Deal

Billboard Magazine | February 02, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is profiled in Billboard, the top trade publication in the music industry. Petty talks about how a love of hip-hop led him from a small town in New York to Def Jam Records to a career representing artists such as Childish Gambino, A Tribe Called Quest, Vince Staples and the estate of The Notorious B.I.G.

2018 preview: With business booming, new pressures on music industry

Billboard | January 05, 2018

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty provides commentary in this roundup article about predictions for the music industry in 2018.

H&M, Unicolors face off on Day 1 of fabric copyright trial

Law360 | December 05, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Staci Jennifer Riordan and counsel Aaron Brian are mentioned in this article about a copyright infringement trial in LA for representing clothing retailer H&M.

Three shady—and all too common—things that digital health startups do to make money

CNBC | November 19, 2017

Los Angeles health care partner Jill Gordon, who this article identifies as a “top lawyer” in the digital health space, provides in-depth commentary regarding the three common practices she’s seen among health technology startups that may violate medical regulations and what companies should be aware of to avoid costly penalties.

Getting one step ahead on matters of mobile accessibility

Rochester Business Journal | November 17, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk, Los Angeles health care partner Jill Gordon and Los Angeles labor and employment associate Mae Hau coauthored this contributed article on the explosion of mobile health applications and the potential accessibility issues.

Three shady—and all too common—things that digital health startups do to make money

CNBC | November 17, 2017

Los Angeles health care partner Jill Gordon, who this article identifies as a “top lawyer” in the digital health space, provides in-depth commentary regarding the three common practices she’s seen among health technology startups that may violate medical regulations and what companies should be aware of to avoid costly penalties.

What to expect after latest DOL overtime rule appeal

Law360 | November 16, 2017

Los Angeles labor and employment counsel Dale Hudson and Rochester labor and employment associate Jeffrey League authored this column about what employers should expect relating to the U.S. Department of Labor’s appeal, which invalidated the Obama administration’s overtime rule.

3 law firms with their own riff on the Mansfield Rule

Law360 | October 27, 2017

This article about law firm’s efforts to improve diversity through variations of the Mansfield Rule quotes diversity and inclusion manager Rekha Chiruvolu on Nixon Peabody’s recruiting initiative that requires at least 20 percent of all lateral candidates to be diverse.

Here are some of the legal implications of virtual reality in esports

Forbes | October 24, 2017

Los Angles commercial litigation associate Brianna Howard is featured in this Q&A about the legal implications of incorporating virtual reality and other new technologies into the esports industry, specifically intellectual property rights.

Nixon Peabody guides Keck Graduate Institute’s student housing project

Civic Business Journal | October 24, 2017

Los Angeles public finance partner Danny Kim is quoted in this article about a student housing development financing for Keck Graduate Institute for which Nixon Peabody served as bond counsel.

Autonomous vehicles will change cities landscapes. Here’s how.

Forbes | October 20, 2017

Los Angeles real estate partner Justin Thompson and associate Garth Bostic authored this article about how the emergence of autonomous vehicles will impact cities, regulations and driving habits.

Preventative discrimination training should be ongoing

Rochester Business Journal | October 20, 2017

Rochester labor and employment partner Stephanie Caffera and manager of diversity and inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu were quoted in this special report regarding why employers should provide preventative discrimination training in the workplace.

Executive interview with Nixon Peabody attorney Rudy Salo

Civic Business Journal | October 16, 2017

This Q&A features Los Angeles public finance partner Rudy Salo and highlights his educational background, career, legal practice and his outlook on the public finance sector.

4 things marketers should know about the FTCs latest crackdown on influencer-driven social media

Adweek | October 10, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions associate Ellie Altshuler is quoted throughout this article about the recent updates made to the Federal Trade Commission’s endorsement guidelines and their effects on social marketers.

Drugmaker asks federal judge to invalidate rival company patents

Los Angeles Daily Journal | October 10, 2017

Los Angeles IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen is quoted in this article about drug maker Amgen Inc.’s request for a federal judge to invalidate patents claimed by a rival company so it can create a generic, less expensive version of a popular cancer drug.

8 things every artist should know before signing a deal

Pigeons & Planes | October 03, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions of counsel Carron Mitchell is quoted in this roundup article of advice for artists to consider before signing a deal with a music label.

A round of applause

Upscale Magazine | October 01, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty was named one of the “Top 25 in 2017” by Upscale Magazine.

5th Circ. dismissal signals end to Obama overtime regs

September 22, 2017

Los Angeles labor and employment counsel Dale Hudson and Rochester labor and employment associate Jeff League authored this column about a recent U.S. Department of Labor request that was granted by the Fifth Circuit to dismiss an appeal of a ruling that enforced the Obama administration’s overtime pay regulations.

Automated telemedicine is coming, for everyone

TechCrunch | September 22, 2017

Los Angles IP counseling and transactions associate Erik Birkeneder authored this column about the future and benefits of health care mobile applications.

London's National Gallery prevails in 'stolen' Matisse lawsuit: New York judge

Reuters | September 21, 2017

Nixon Peabody’s Arts and Cultural Institutions team, led by Los Angeles partners Thaddeus Stauber and Sarah André secured a legal victory on behalf of The National Gallery in London in a lawsuit regarding the Gallery's Henri Matisse painting "Portrait of Greta Moll” (1908).  Sarah is quoted in this article about the case.

Inside Nixon Peabody’s sleek Los Angeles office

Officelovin’ | September 19, 2017

This photo feature profiles Nixon Peabody’s Los Angeles office space.

The requirements of California wage and hour law: a primer

Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin | September 01, 2017

Los Angeles labor and employment counsel Dale Hudson and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan authored this article on California’s wage and hour mandates for employers.

AHF showcases industry’s rising stars

Affordable Housing Finance | August 29, 2017

Affordable Housing Finance named Los Angeles affordable housing associate Ed Campbell one of the 2017 Young Leaders, which recognizes six individuals under 40 who play a vital role in affordable housing across the U.S.

Justice Bus marks 10 Years of providing free legal counsel to California immigrants

NPR’s All Things Considered | August 29, 2017

Our Justice Bus pro bono project in Los Angeles was featured in an audio segment on “All Things Considered.”

Hop on the Justice Bus: Next stop? Citizenship

NPR | August 27, 2017

Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy, partner Justin Thompson and associate Jessica Walker are quoted in this article about the Los Angeles office’s pro bono work with OneJustice’s Justice Bus to help low-income immigrant Green Card holders seeking U.S. citizenship.

To avoid copyright disaster, the future of game streaming is licensing

VentureBeat | August 23, 2017

Los Angeles commercial litigation associates Brianna Howard and Jessica Walker and Chicago IP litigation associate Jason Kunze contributed this article on how licensing agreements can protect online streaming platforms from copyright infringement in the gaming industry.

First-half muni issuance was down in the Northeast

The Bond Buyer | August 18, 2017

This coverage notes Nixon Peabody’s jump from ninth to fourth place in Thomson Reuters’ list of top bond counsel for Northeast bond issuance for the first half of 2017.

Legal experts weigh in on the Gucci vs. Forever 21 stripe trademark battle

Hollywood Reporter | August 14, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice group leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about dueling trademark lawsuits between Gucci and Forever 21.

Most influential IP attorneys

Los Angeles Business Journal | August 14, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty has been named one of the entertainment industry’s most influential IP attorneys.  This article highlights his work and his clients.

Heres how to be a positive role model for your daughter

Forbes | July 31, 2017

Los Angeles health care partner Jill Gordon is quoted throughout this Q&A piece about how mothers are finding ways to spend quality time with their daughters while maintaining a demanding and thriving career.

Billboard's 2017 top music lawyers revealed, led by Joel Katz

Billboard | July 17, 2017

Billboard Magazine has named Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty as a top music lawyer in 2017. 

The Wild West of Record Deals: With Industry in Flux, Labels and Artists Shake Things Up

Billboard | June 22, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is quoted in this article on the changing economics of the music industry and the recent surge in new signings. Click here to read the full article.

Jay-Z brings new Sprint-endorsed album '4:44' to Tidal and reignites debate over exclusivity

The Los Angeles Times | June 19, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is quoted in this article about rapper Jay-Z’s newest album that will be released exclusively through the streaming service Tidal, which he co-owns. Click here to read the full article.

Los Angeles sets its first GO bond sale to combat homelessness

Bond Buyer | June 16, 2017

Los Angeles public finance partner Chuck Wolf is quoted in this article about the city’s first bond sale as a result of Proposition HHH.

What do companies need to know to avoid legal missteps?

MedCity News | June 15, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions associate Erik Birkeneder and health care associate Daniel Eliav co-authored this article about legal issues digital health companies should consider.

Attorneys react to Supreme Court patent venue ruling

Law360 | May 22, 2017

Los Angeles IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen is quoted in the following articles discussing the Supreme Court’s decision in the patent case TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Group LLC, which limits where plaintiffs can file patent lawsuits.

Supreme Court ruling could hinder ‘patent trolls’

The New York Times | May 22, 2017

Los Angeles IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen is quoted in the following articles discussing the Supreme Court’s decision in the patent case TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Group LLC, which limits where plaintiffs can file patent lawsuits.

Ten legal issues to watch when it comes to eSports

Forbes | May 19, 2017

Associates Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, Matt Morris, Chris Queenin and Brianna Howard co-authored this article about legal issues the booming eSports industry should consider.

Tipped workers seek full minimum wage

SHRM | May 19, 2017

Los Angeles labor and employment associate Alicia Anderson is quoted in this article about a case involving restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc.’s employees’ fight for full minimum wage for non-tipped work.

Law360 names attys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | April 28, 2017

This article mentions recent leadership promotions at the firm including David Brown, Jared Lusk, Jim Vallee, Graham Beck, Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Emily Crandall Harlan, Daniel Gibbons, Linda Huber, Ilana Kameros, Haydon Keitner, Darren Miller, Neal Pandozzi, Edward Puerta, Stephen Reil, and Elizabeth Young.

Most influential women lawyers in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Business Journal | April 24, 2017

The Los Angeles Business Journal named Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers.

The future is in...a parking garage? Here's one way driverless cars will change urban development

Los Angeles Times | April 16, 2017

Los Angeles real estate partner Justin Thompson is quoted in this article about how autonomous vehicles will impact building developments and urban planning.

Legal battle over Schiele works owned by Jewish entertainer who died in Dachau

The Art Newspaper | April 06, 2017

This article focuses on the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act and its potential impact on art restitution cases. Los Angeles commercial litigation partner and head of the firm’s Art and Cultural Institutions team Thad Stauber is noted in this article as representing art collector Richard Nagy.

An executive interview with Danny Kim

Civic Business Journal | April 03, 2017

This Q&A with Los Angeles public finance partner Danny Kim highlights why he made the move to Nixon Peabody as well as his legal background and interests.

10 Questions: For rap and hip-hop artists, LA lawyer Julian Petty represents

ABA Journal | April 01, 2017

This Q&A with Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty highlights his notable clients, his work and how he got a start in entertainment law. Click here to read the full article.

Vision Design Awards

Floor Focus Magazine | April 01, 2017

Nixon Peabody is the Grand Prize recipient of Floor Focus Magazine’s Vision Design Awards. An image of the Los Angeles office’s patio is featured on the magazine’s April edition cover.

5 keys to high court’s cheerleader uniform ruling

Law360 | March 22, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 6-2 decision regarding copyright law and decorative elements on cheerleading uniforms.

Evaluating SEC Plan For New Municipal Issuer Disclosures

Law360 | March 13, 2017

Public finance partners Julie Seymour (Chicago), Liz Columbo (New York) and Dan Deaton (Los Angeles) published a contributed article on the SEC’s proposed amendment to Exchange Act Rule 15c2-12 and what it could mean for market participants.

Catching too many “CABs”?

The Bond Lawyer | March 01, 2017

Los Angeles public finance counsel Heather White authored this article about general obligation capital appreciation bonds (CABs) issued by California and Texas school districts.

Biosimilar battle heads to high court

Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal | February 15, 2017

Los Angeles IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen authored this column about an upcoming case in the U.S. Supreme Court that will deal with Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA), which was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Education conscious people

Fashion Consciousness Magazine | February 10, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan is featured in this story that focuses on her work in fashion law.

3rd Circ. Rules Car Shippers Immune From Antitrust Suit

Law360 | January 19, 2017

Los Angeles M&A and corporate transactions partner Bob Yoshitomi and Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions counsel Eric Jeffrey are noted as representing the defendants in this article about a decision by the 3rd Circuit to dismiss litigation against international shipping companies in a price fixing case.

Pitbull, The-Dream, Gallant & music insiders share 2017 predictions

Billboard | January 09, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is quoted in this roundup of music industry predictions for 2017. Click here to read the full article.

Nixon Peabody works out legal issues for Haitian nonprofit

Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal | December 27, 2016

This article is about Nixon Peabody’s pro bono work with nonprofit Team Tassy, which helps families in Haiti. Los Angeles public finance associate Jade Turner-Bond and IP counseling and transactions associate Sean Kim are quoted.

How drones will affect commercial real estate

National Real Estate Investor | December 23, 2016

Los Angeles Real Estate partner Justin Thompson and associate Garth Bostic co-authored this article about how drones will affect commercial real estate and property rights.

Legal Implications of Hotel Brand Proliferation

Hotel Executive | December 12, 2016

Los Angeles real estate partner Justin Thompson and associate Erin Kansy contributed this article about legal issues resulting from the recent expansion in hotel brands.

Shippers slam feds' brief in 3rd Circ. antitrust row

Law360 | December 09, 2016

Los Angeles M&A and corporate transactions partner Bob Yoshitomi and Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions counsel Eric Jeffrey are noted as representing the defendants in this article about arguments arising after a U.S. District judge’s decision in an a matter involving international maritime shippers.

$30 Million Nazi-looted Camille Pissarro comes to a head in appeals court

ArtNews Net | December 06, 2016

The following articles highlight yesterday’s oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals over the ownership of a Camille Pissarro painting. Los Angeles commercial litigation partner and head of the firm’s Art and Cultural Institutions team Thaddeus Stauber, commercial litigation partner Sarah André and associate Jessica Walker are counsel for The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation.

Quest for Nazi-plundered art returns to 9th Circ.

Law360 | December 06, 2016

The following articles highlight yesterday’s oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals over the ownership of a Camille Pissarro painting.  Los Angeles commercial litigation partner and head of the firm’s Art and Cultural Institutions team Thaddeus Stauber, commercial litigation partner Sarah André and associate Jessica Walker are counsel for The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation.

Shipping Act Allows State Antitrust Claims, Fed. Agency Says

Law360 | December 02, 2016

Los Angeles M&A and corporate transactions partner Bob Yoshitomi and Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions counsel Eric Jeffrey are noted as representing the defendants in this article about multidistrict litigation involving several international shipping companies.

3rd Circ. could clarify preemption in shipping antitrust suit

Law360 | November 17, 2016

Los Angeles M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Bob Yoshitomi and Washington DC M&A and Corporate Transactions counsel Eric Jeffrey are noted as representing the defendants in a matter being considered today by the Third Circuit as to whether international ocean shipping companies are liable in a lawsuit brought by purchasers who accuse these companies of price fixing for vehicle transport.

Firm makes courting diversity full-time focus

Los Angeles Business Journal | November 14, 2016

Manager of diversity and inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu is featured in this story for her role and the many ways Nixon Peabody has made hiring and retaining diverse attorneys a priority. Los Angeles partner Jill Gordon is also quoted throughout.

A Tribe Called Quest signs with CAA

Billboard | November 14, 2016

Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Julian Petty is mentioned as legal representative for A Tribe Called Quest in this article about the group’s signing with Creative Arts Agency for worldwide representation.

Overview: Big law gets smaller

American Lawyer | October 31, 2016

This article features a number of new law firm office spaces. Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy is quoted in this article talking about NP's new Los Angeles office and some of its unique features including the outdoor rooftop terrace.

Justices struggle with cheerleader uniform case that holds big implications for fashion

Forbes | October 31, 2016

This story discusses a Supreme Court case about whether design elements on a cheerleader uniform can have intellectual property protection. Los Angeles partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan talks about the potential impact of this case on the fashion industry.

Feud in fashion

Los Angeles Business Journal | October 28, 2016

Los Angeles partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about SCOTUS case Star Athletica v. Varsity Brand, which could have major implications for the Los Angeles region’s fashion industry.

The Notorious B.I.G.'s Family Talks Managing His Life after Death

Billboard Magazine | October 06, 2016

Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Julian Petty is featured in this article highlighting the team who manages the Estate of Notorious B.I.G. Click here to read the full article.

Executive Style Office: Musical Cues

Los Angeles Business Journal | October 03, 2016

This feature article showcases Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Julian Petty, leader of the firm’s entertainment practice, and his work through photos of his office and the mementos he’s collected through the years.

Rainmaker Q&A: Nixon Peabody's Jill Gordon

Law360 | October 03, 2016

Los Angeles health care partner Jill Gordon is featured in this series of Q&As with legal industry leaders.

People on the Move

Los Angeles Business Journal | October 03, 2016

This news brief highlights the arrival of Los Angeles real estate partner Bryan LeRoy.

Nixon Peabody Snags Ex-Manatt Real Estate Partner in LA

Law360 | September 29, 2016

This feature story highlights the arrival of Los Angeles real estate partner Bryan LeRoy.

Why Dealers are Struggling with Proposed Markup Disclosure

The Bond Buyer | September 23, 2016

Los Angeles public finance partner Rudy Salo is quoted in this feature story discussing the struggle facing dealers as they try to comply with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board's proposed markup disclosure requirements.

Rising Stars

The Bond Buyer | September 21, 2016

Los Angeles public finance partner Rudy Salo is recognized among The Bond Buyer’s 2016 Rising Stars.

L.A. Port Brings Green Bond Deal

The Bond Buyer | September 13, 2016

This article discusses that the Port of Los Angeles will price a nearly $220M revenue bond financing—representing the first green bond sale by a port. Nixon Peabody is noted as bond counsel.

Transforming a Dinosaur: How the Legal Field is Embracing the Diversity Challenge

Huffington Post | September 01, 2016

Manager of diversity & inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu, Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy and Los Angeles public finance associate Jade Turner-Bond are quoted in this article that highlights Nixon Peabody’s efforts to create an inclusive workplace.

The Styled Side: Style and Legal Hurdles at the Olympics

KPCC-FM (NPR Los Angeles affiliate) | August 10, 2016

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about controversies surrounding corporate sponsorships at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Notorious B.I.G. Will Have His Life & Lyrics Turned Into A TBS Scripted Series

The YBF | July 30, 2016

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is noted as representing Bystorm Films and Notorious B.I.G., LLC, on a scripted series for TBS that will loosely incorporate Biggie’s life and lyrics.

Forget Khakis: Law Firms Take Casual to the Next Level

Law360 | July 13, 2016

Los Angeles partner and fashion practice leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this article that discusses how lawyers are embracing trendier business-casual wear as the new workday dress code.

Attorney Pours It On

Los Angeles Business Journal | July 11, 2016

Los Angeles associate Ellie Altshuler is featured in this spotlight highlighting her work with entertainment and fashion clients.

The dealmaker behind the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Fisher Family partnership

Art Daily | May 16, 2016

This article features Nixon Peabody’s role as deal counsel and advisor to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the Fisher Family to create a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a museum and a collection. Los Angeles partner and Arts & Cultural Institutions leader Thad Stauber led the NP team in this unprecedented agreement with support from Washington, DC, partner Mike Cooney and Los Angeles partner Matt Grazier. SFMOMA opened to the public on May 14, featuring an expansive new addition displaying hundreds of pieces of postwar and contemporary art work from the Fisher Family.

Over A Dozen Firms Guided Largest Q1 Real Estate Deals

Law360 | May 04, 2016

The $390M purchase of a premier site within New York’s South Street Seaport Subdistrict by Oceanwide Center NY LLC, a subsidiary of Oceanwide Holdings Co., is among the 10 largest Q1 real estate deals. Nixon Peabody advised Oceanwide on the transaction. The coverage notes the deal team was led by partners Denise Pursley, Colette Dafoe and David Cheng.

Loyola Event Tackles the Legal Risks of Social Media, Technology and Advertising

California Apparel News | April 21, 2016

Los Angeles partner Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about a panel discussion that she moderated at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles on the topic of legal ramifications of the continuous evolution of technology on the fashion industry.

Grid110 - How a Group of Diverse Entrepreneurs are Shaping the Tech Ecosystem in Downtown LA

Huffington Post | April 19, 2016

Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy is quoted in this article about Grid110, a start-up fashion tech organization with which Nixon Peabody is very involved.

Driverless Cars Pave the Way for Real Estate Development

Law360 | April 07, 2016

Los Angeles partners Justin Thompson, Rudy Salo and associate Daniel Eliav co-authored this piece discussing the potential impact driverless technology could have on real estate development as well as infrastructure financing.

Beats, Rhymes and Law for Nixon Peabody's Julian Petty

American Lawyer | March 23, 2016

This article profiles Los Angeles partner Julian Petty. Click here to read the full article.

Manhattan Beach eyes Silicon Beach boom

The Beach Reporter | March 18, 2016

This coverage notes Los Angeles public finance partner Rudy Salo’s new role on the Economic Development Advisory Council.

4 Ways Fashion Brands Trip On The Oscars Red Carpet

Law360 | February 25, 2016

Los Angeles partner and Fashion practice group leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this story about the four biggest legal landmines for fashion brands to avoid when celebrities wear their designs on the Oscars red carpet this Sunday.

#FreeKesha Puts a Legal Battle in a Public Spotlight

NPR | February 23, 2016

Los Angeles partner Julian Petty is quoted in this story discussing the #FreeKesha movement supporting the pop singer as she fights her recording contract with Sony. Throughout the piece, he provides third-party commentary on how public support is playing into the legal battle. Click here to read the full article.

Can Discount Prices Get Retailers Into Trouble?

Apparel News | January 21, 2016

Los Angeles partner and Fashion practice group leader Staci Riordan provides third-party commentary in this piece about an increasing number of class-action lawsuits against big-name department stores over markdowns allegedly made on “false” original prices.

Revived Real Estate Market a Boon for Transactional Attorneys

Daily Journal | December 30, 2015

Los Angeles Real Estate partner Justin Thompson provides commentary in this story on real estate market trends.

Notorious B.I.G. estate gets copyright infringement lawsuit tossed

Reuters | December 23, 2015

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this feature article for our representation of Warner Music Group, EMI Music Publishing, Big Poppa Music, Bad Boy Records and the estate of The Notorious BIG. Our team—led by partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty—won a dismissal of copyright infringement claims involving BIG’s 1994 debut album. Associates Neal Gauger and Seth Berman were part of the legal team. Click here to read the full article.

Changing Channels

Fordham Lawyer | December 11, 2015

Partner Julian Petty is featured within this article highlighting Fordham Law alumni prominently involved in the evolution of the way we watch movies and listen to music. Click here for the complete coverage.

Sneaker Wars: Converse vs. New Balance

Boston Magazine | December 01, 2015

Los Angeles partner and leader of our Fashion practice Staci Riordan is included in this feature story on how the footwear industry is dealing with intellectual property lawsuits.

The Current Legal State of Hotel-Condo Development

Hotel Executive | December 01, 2015

Los Angeles Real Estate partner Justin Thompson authored this column discussing notable legal developments paving the way for a resurgence in developer interest in condo-hotel projects.

Your Working Life with Staci Riordan

Your Working Life | December 01, 2015

Los Angeles partner and leader of the firm’s Fashion industry team Staci Riordan is profiled in this podcast. Your Working Life is a series that features thought-leaders and influencers in the career and personal growth arena. Staci talks about her passion for fashion and getting into fashion law.

Location

300 South Grand Avenue

Suite 4100

Los Angeles, CA 90071-3151

Phone: 213-629-6000

Fax: 213-629-6001

Key Contacts

Justin X. Thompson

Partner
Office Managing Partner, Los Angeles

jthompson@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 213-629-6142

Ellen Ancui

Office Administrator

eancui@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 213-629-6149

Christine O'Rourke

Marketing Contact

corourke@nixonpeabody.com

Phone: 213-629-6172

NP Profile: Erik Birkeneder

Meet Erik Birkeneder! Intellectual Property, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Read more about Erik Birkeneder as part of our monthly series
profiling members of our 2018 partner class.

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