Aaron Brian

Aaron Brian has been litigating cases for nearly 20 years. He works with creative individuals, start-up businesses and established companies, counseling them on their strategic plans, litigations risks and asset protection. He helps clients see the risks and benefits of important decisions made at all stages of business growth and operation.

Whether it is helping start a local film festival, advising an individual on their first big deal or serving as lead counsel in bet-the-company litigation, Aaron works closely with every client to make sure the goals are clear, the strategy is sound and the path is efficient and cost-effective. Useful legal advice is not one-size-fits-all. Every client is different, every case is unique and every problem requires a customized solution.

What do you focus on?

I focus on counseling clients in the fashion and entertainment world and handling their litigation needs, as those arise. My clients range from small, local entrepreneurs to national companies and international corporations. My day-to-day work includes setting up new companies, negotiating licensing and distribution agreements, advising clients on active litigation matters and helping clients keep everyday disputes from spinning out of control.

I actively litigate disputes over intellectual property ownership and infringement, breach of licensing and distribution agreements, claims of unfair business competition, violations of non-compete agreements and all manner of business separations. My wide litigation background also makes me a valuable member to trial teams in cases ranging from construction defects to products liability to environmental pollution and consumer product complaints.

I am particularly experienced in the Central District of California and the Superior Courts for Los Angeles County and Orange County, where a majority of my cases are filed.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see more disruptive companies entering the legal world. We have seen this already with companies like Legal Zoom that provide online document services. And we are starting to see it with companies that provide online dispute resolution for disputes with relatively low dollar amounts at stake. This trend is likely to continue and spread into more complex areas in the legal field.

I also see more and more companies asking for alternative fee arrangements. This has been developing for a number of years, and shows no signs of reversing. We are often asked to propose alternative fee arrangements, including fixed fees, contingent fees and a hybrid of fixed and hourly fees. Most clients still prefer to pay based on the more traditional hourly rate, but we are always happy to explore other options with them.

Representative Experience

  • Lead trial counsel in federal court case resulting in transfer of trademark to client and significant money judgment for health care supplement company
  • Obtained complete dismissal of claim for unfair trade practices, unfair competition and anti-trust violation against jewelry designer
  • Obtained complete dismissal of claim against distributor of Razor Ripstick based on products liability and indemnity
  • Obtained favorable resolution of dispute over business consulting agreement regarding work to be performed in Persian Gulf country
  • Successfully petitioned to have infringing product removed from online shopping site to protect client’s innovative design
  • Negotiated complete pre-litigation victory for client following business partnership separation
  • Obtained complete dismissal, affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, of False Claims Act regarding interstate highway construction projects
  • Obtained court of appeals confirmation of local government’s right to deny permit to construct natural gas distribution terminal on Pacific Coast
  • Found creative path around workers’ compensation restriction to obtain high six-figure settlement for client injured on the job

Publications and Presentations

  • Panelist, “Modern Day ADR,” The State Bar of California, March 23, 2017, Webinar

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.


Aaron Brian


Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6033

Fax: 855-515-9456

University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.

Oregon State University, B.S.



U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. District Court, District of Oregon

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


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