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Aaron Brian



Aaron Brian is a second generation trial attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing clients in high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts. Aaron uses his experience in and out of the courtroom to help resolve difficult legal problems for leading companies in fashion, entertainment, technology and health care.

What do you focus on?

Intellectual Property Litigation

Intellectual property is a primary concern for our clients in entertainment, fashion and technology. Disputes can arise over the ownership, infringement, licensing, misappropriation, and even theft of IP.  We have obtained great results for our clients because of our courtroom abilities, judgment and deep knowledge of our client’s industries. We recently obtained a favorable verdict that secured our client’s ownership in a hotly contested trademark. We’ve successfully defended numerous dubious claims of copyright infringement, having many dismissed by the court early in the litigation. In each of these cases, and others, we work closely with our clients to develop an efficient, compelling and pinpointed litigation strategy. 

Entertainment and Fashion

My team and I work closely with clients in the fashion and entertainment industry, handling their litigation needs as they arise, and also offering strategic advice as they grow from local start-ups and entrepreneurs into tomorrow’s national and international superstars. We represent individuals and companies across that spectrum, from writers and designers working out of their apartments to the largest fashion retailers in the world. Much of our work is helping clients with contracts, licensing, partnerships, intellectual property and publicity rights. 

Complex Commercial Litigation

I have broad experience representing individuals and businesses in complicated disputes involving breach of contract, unfair competition, professional negligence, partnership disputes and business separations. My experience extends across a variety of industries, including health care, consumer products, higher education, energy, transportation and environmental issues.

What do you see on the horizon?

I’m eager to see how advances in virtual reality impact the industries I work in, including entertainment, fashion, education and health care. I am also interested to see how courts will apply traditional notions of copyright, trademark and publicity rights to virtual reality technology and applications. 

Representative Experience

Recent Intellectual Property Experience

  • Lead trial counsel in federal court case resulting in transfer of trademark to client and significant money judgment for a health care supplement company
  • Co-chaired federal copyright trial on behalf of large clothing retailer that dealt with numerous novel issues and resulted in significant post-trial relief
  • Obtained complete dismissal of copyright action against large clothing retailer

Recent Commercial Litigation Experience

  • Second-chaired federal trial concerning disputed ownership of painting held by foreign museum
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Fortune 100 client in products liability claim
  • Obtained complete success in client’s attempt to unlock cryptocurrency account to access and recover $540,000
  • Obtained favorable resolution of claim for breach of contract for university client that was complicated by Department of Education regulations
  • Obtained favorable resolution of federal court CERCLA action involving activities at the former Kaiser Steel plant in Fontana, California
  • Obtained complete dismissal of claim for unfair trade practices, unfair competition and antitrust violation against jewelry designer
  • Successfully petitioned to have infringing product removed from online shopping site to protect client’s innovative design
  • Obtained complete dismissal, affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, of False Claims Act case regarding interstate highway construction projects

Publications and Presentations

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

In Long-running dispute over Nazi-looted masterpiece, judge reluctantly rules against heirs

American Lawyer | April 30, 2019

In the following media coverage, Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner Thad Stauber is quoted on Tuesday’s federal court ruling that found the Madrid-based Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation is the rightful owner of a Camille Pissarro painting.  Thad and Los Angeles partner Sarah André, counsel Aaron Brian, and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan represented the Foundation in this matter.

Spanish museum can keep Nazi-looted masterpiece, judge rules

Bloomberg | April 30, 2019

In the following media coverage, Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner Thad Stauber is quoted on Tuesday’s federal court ruling that found the Madrid-based Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation is the rightful owner of a Camille Pissarro painting.  Thad and Los Angeles partner Sarah André, counsel Aaron Brian, and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan represented the Foundation in this matter.

Season 2, Episode 6: Season 2 mailbag

To Live and Law in LA | November 27, 2018

Los Angeles attorneys Aaron Brian, Shannon Egan, Neal Gauger and Jade Turner-Bond take listener questions in this week’s episode of To Live and Law in LA. Among the topics: The future of the Supreme Court, and whether it’s better to own a dragon or be a dragon.

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

Law360 | December 04, 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.

Contact

Aaron Brian

Counsel

Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6033


Fax: 855-515-9456

University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.

Oregon State University, B.S.

California

Oregon

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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