Leopold, Petrich & Smith Legal Team Joins Ballard Spahr

Two nationally renowned Media and Entertainment Law practices have joined forces to create a powerhouse team with an expanded presence in Los Angeles.

Ballard Spahr was named 2019 Law Firm of the Year for Media Law and Copyright Law by U.S. News and World Report – Best Lawyers. It also serves clients in business and transactions, finance, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate, with lawyers in 15 offices around the country.

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Clients & Industries

LP&S has served a variety of industries in litigation, clearance, and counseling capacities,
with particular emphasis in:

  • Motion Pictures;
  • Television;
  • Music;
  • News and Magazines;
  • Journalism;
  • Information and Entertainment Websites;
  • Publishing;
  • Live Stage; and
  • Digital Media.

The firm’s clients include:

  • Studios;
  • Writers;
  • Directors;
  • Producers;
  • Publishers;
  • Financiers;
  • Distributors;
  • Insurers;
  • Merchandise producers and licensors;
  • Completion bond companies;
  • Executives; and
  • Other creative individuals in these industries.

Over the last 40 years, LP&S has represented, among others, in intellectual property/First Amendment litigation:

The following studios:

  • DreamWorks Animation;
  • DreamWorks SKG;
  • MGM;
  • NBC Universal Studios;
  • New Line Cinema;
  • New Regency Films;
  • Paramount Pictures;
  • Sony/Columbia/Screen Gems;
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.;
  • United Artists;
  • The Walt Disney Company;

The following networks:

  • ABC;
  • A&E Television Network;
  • CBS;
  • Fox;
  • NBC;
  • Spanish International Network;
  • Televisa;
  • Univisa;

The following production companies:

  • Amblin;
  • Ambush Entertainment;
  • Cannon Films;
  • Cinergi;
  • Columbia Tri-Star Television;
  • Cosgrove/Meurer Productions;
  • DeLaurentiis;
  • dick clark productions;
  • KHJ Radio and TV Stations (while owned by RKO);
  • Landsberg Productions;
  • Lions Gate Films;
  • Mandeville Films;
  • Multimedia Entertainment;
  • New Line Productions;
  • New Regency Productions;
  • Paradise Productions;
  • Reveille;
  • Rocket Science Laboratories;
  • Shadowmachine;
  • Steven Bochco Productions;
  • Stephen J. Cannel Productions;
  • TCA Television Corporation (Abbott & Costello);
  • Tri-Crown Productions;
  • Viacom;
  • Working Title;

The following publications and publishers:

  • Buzz Magazine;
  • Daily Racing Form;
  • Dove Audio, Inc.;
  • Harper Collins Publishers;
  • Harris Publications, Inc. d/b/a King Magazine;
  • Horse & Rider Magazine;
  • National Enquirer;
  • News of the World;
  • New York Magazine;
  • Parachute Press;
  • Penthouse Magazine;
  • Primedia;
  • Putnam/Berkley Publishers;
  • The Star;
  • Ward Productions;

The following music companies:

  • Arista;
  • BMG;
  • EMI;
  • Capitol Records, Inc.;
  • Giant Records;
  • Jobete Music Co., Inc.;
  • MCA Music Publishing;
  • MCA Records;
  • Motown Record Corporation;
  • Universal Music Group;
  • Virgin Records America, Inc.

LP&S has represented these clients with respect to the following legal issues, among others:

  • breach of confidence/confidential relationships;
  • commercial appropriation of name/likeness/right of publicity;
  • common law/statutory unfair competition;
  • conversion;
  • copyright infringement;
  • express contract;
  • implied-in-fact contract;
  • interference with contracts;
  • invasion of privacy;
  • libel;
  • quasi-contract;
  • right of publicity;
  • slander;
  • trademark dilution;
  • trade secrets misappropriation;
  • trademark/service mark infringement;
  • unjust enrichment;

Since the early 1970's, LP&S has been extensively involved in media-related insurance (e.g., media special perils, advertising injury, E&O, etc.) and has actively participated in the drafting of certain of the policy provisions that are currently used in the industry.

Over the last 40 years, LP&S has also rendered services to (i.e., advice on coverage matters) and/or on behalf of (defending insureds) the following insurance entities:

  • Aon Entertainment Ltd.;
  • Aetna;
  • ANGA London;
  • AON London;
  • AXIS PRO (formerly Media/Professional Insurance);
  • Brown Insurance Agency;
  • CNA;
  • Chartis (formerly AIG);
  • Chubb;
  • Chubb/Pacific Indemnity Co.;
  • Crawley Warren & Co.;
  • Employers Reinsurance Corp.;
  • Employers Insurance of Wausau;
  • Entertainment Risk Insurance Agency;
  • Fireman's Fund;
  • GAN Canada;
  • Gerling America Insurance;
  • Golden Eagle Insurance Company;
  • Gulf Insurance Group;
  • Harbor Underwriters, Inc.;
  • Hiscox;
  • ITT Hartford;
  • K & K Insurance Brokers Ltd.;
  • K & K Insurance Group;
  • Kemper National Insurance;
  • Lloyd's of London;
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.;
  • Near North Insurance;
  • Pacific Indemnity Company;
  • Poms & Associates Insurance Brokers;
  • Reliance National;
  • Robert L. Shapiro Insurance;
  • SCPIE (Southern California Physicians Insurance Exchange);
  • SLE Worldwide Ltd. (AON London);
  • Safeco Insurance Companies;
  • Scottsdale Insurance Co.;
  • Simcoe Erie Group;
  • St. Paul/Travelers;
  • Sunrise Insurance Services;
  • TIG Insurance (Transamerica Insurance Group); and
  • Truman Van Dyke Company.