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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Practice Areas

  • Entertainment
  • Civil Litigation
  • Copyright & Trademark
  • Libel and Slander
  • Unfair Competition


  • University of Chicago Law School, 1979, J.D.
    • Member, University of Chicago Law Review, 1977 - 1979
  • Lafayette College, 1976, A.B. 
    • magna cum laude
  • University of Durham, Durham, England


  • California, 1979


2049 Century Park East
Suite 3110
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: 310-277-3333
Fax: 310-277-7444
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Donald R. Gordon

Mr. Gordon represents studios, film and television producers, writers, and insurance companies on a wide range of intellectual property and related issues, including chain-of-title matters, copyright and trademark infringement, rights of privacy and publicity and defamation.

Mr. Gordon specializes in the review of treatments, scripts, books, theatrical plays, television and internet programs and films to advise whether these works contain material which may violate the contractual or intellectual property rights of third parties.

Mr. Gordon presently reviews seven animated television series broadcast on the Fox and Cartoon networks to advise whether the programs constitute parody or otherwise do not violate the rights of third parties.

Mr. Gordon has reviewed the chain-of-title for hundreds of film and television projects to advise whether the necessary rights in the underlying literary properties have been obtained and to enable the producers to obtain errors and omissions insurance.

Mr. Gordon attended the University of Durham, in Durham, England, and received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Lafayette College in 1976.  Mr. Gordon received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago in 1979, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review.  Prior to joining the Firm in 1983, he was a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Meyers in Los Angeles.

Professional Activity

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • California State Bar Association, Member