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How Do You Decide Whether to Take a Case?

Taking a Legal CaseWhen I started practicing, I took a case based upon the likelihood that it would go to trial. All I wanted to do was try jury trials. Over time, that has changed.

Now, before bringing on a new client, I sit down with that person or group to discuss their current legal situation and future needs. I want to develop a long-term relationship with my clients so it is important that we are a “good fit.” If I believe that we can provide zealous representation based…

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  • Aug 05, 2015

How Do You Decide Whether to Take a Case?


Jon Pfeiffer is an experienced entertainment and copyright trial attorney practicing in Santa Monica. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he teaches Media Law. COM 570 covers First Amendment issues as well as copyright, defamation and privacy.  

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  • Jul 29, 2015

What Types of Cases Do You Handle?

The bulk of my cases involve entertainment industry disputes. A big slice of those cases relate to the negotiation and enforcement of agreements regarding television and motion picture production and distribution (option agreements, writing agreements, distribution agreements and employment agreements).

Over the years I have developed a special expertise litigating cases involving the following additional issues: copyright infringement, defamation, merchandising rights, improper business practices (breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, interference with existing contract and business relationships), social media, IFTA arbitrations, trade secret misappropriation and personality rights (appropriation of name or image). 


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  • Jul 22, 2015

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