Ryan C. C. Duckett

Ryan Duckett serves as counsel to entertainment and media companies and high-profile individuals, defending their interests on a local, regional and worldwide scale. Ryan has assisted with filing inter partes reviews, as well as handling various phases of patent litigation including discovery and case dispositive motions.

What do you focus on?

I help entertainment and media businesses, major corporations and high-net-worth individuals, such as musical artists, producers, cutting-edge creatives, entrepreneurs and technology innovators, with strategic planning, trade secrets and other intellectual property protection, innovative growth techniques, risk management and market control. My engineering background helps me understand my clients’ passion for innovation and their commitment to protecting their work.

Commercial Disputes

My practice primarily focuses on complex commercial disputes representing clients across a broad spectrum of industries in all phases of litigation. A significant part of my practice focuses on intellectual property ownership rights and entertainment disputes, such as protecting and defending trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks and patents. I am well versed on structuring protective covenants to best protect both the companies’ and the creators’ interests. I litigate a variety of cases from breach of licensing or distribution agreements, to unfair business practices and shareholder derivative suits. I also find myself representing claimants and counter-claimants on a variety of patent, trademark and copyright litigation disputes. I supervise and participate in every phase of a matter from advising, demands and pre-litigation disputes, to law and motion, discovery, trials, arbitrations and mediation, as well as post-trial motions and appeals.

Entertainment and Technology

I concentrate much of my time on legal developments in the entertainment industry and helping major corporations and high-profile artists prosecute or defend against patent, copyright and trademark infringement, while globalizing their marks and strengthening their brands. I also advise small- to medium-size companies on how to compete in the larger markets.

I work closely with various technology companies in the virtual-reality and 360-video space, providing counsel to advance these technologies’ future application in entertainment events, such as sports and concerts, and their use in furthering education, as well as their implementation in health care. Since 2018, I sit on the board for various worldwide virtual reality and augmented reality organizations.

Outside Counsel

Clients facing a crisis need results fast, while keeping their privacy and proprietary information confidential. I provide guidance and develop strategic legal solutions, drawing on the experience and talent of 600+ NP colleagues. If I can’t answer your question, I know the NP attorney who can.

What do you see on the horizon?

Trade secret policies are forever developing and the entertainment, aerospace, medical and educational industries will continue developing new technologies to interact with and diversify their client bases, similar to what we’ve seen in the digital music space and are just starting to see in virtual reality and 360-videos, especially at educational, health care, sporting and music events. I’m keeping a close watch on legal issues and trends affecting these industries as they evolve so that I can best advise my clients in order to achieve their business goals and protect their work.

Representative Experience

  • Danny Wimmer Presents, LLC. v. Davis Shapiro Lewit Grabel Leven Granderson & Blake LLP (September 2017)—Supervised the trial team for an intense three-week trial concerning breach of fiduciary duties and pecuniary claims against one of the biggest international concert promotion companies brought by its former attorneys claiming a multimillion-dollar partnership interest


  • “Legal Ethics and the Attorney-Client Privilege,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2019

Tekashi 6ix9ine hit with $2M suit alleging vanished advance

Law360 | March 18, 2020

This article mentions Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan and Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes associate Ryan Duckett for their representation of Fashion Nova in a breach-of-contract claim against incarcerated rap star Tekashi 6ix9ine.

Staying in Motion

Daily Journal | April 04, 2019

This article highlights retired Los Angeles County Judge Michael Johnson’s career, focusing on several difficult cases he successfully resolved. Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes associate Ryan Duckett is quoted in this article recalling a time Judge Johnson mediated a matter he was handling related to a toxic business dispute.


Ryan C. C. Duckett


Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6145

Fax: 844-634-4276

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D.

Cornell University, B.A.


U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Officer of Ambassadors Council, California Minority Counsel Program, 2021 – 2023
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