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.
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.
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.
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.
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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