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 and Trademark
  • Libel and Slander
  • Unfair Competition


  • Harvard Law School, 1975, J.D.
  • Yale University, 1972, B.A.


  • California, 1975


2049 Century Park East
Suite 3110
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: 310-277-3333
Fax: 310-277-7444
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Of Counsel

Edward A. Ruttenberg

Mr. Ruttenberg litigates in the area of Media and Entertainment Law, with 39 years experience in intellectual property matters.

Mr. Ruttenberg has represented clients in landmark federal and state cases.  He has worked as a LACBA Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Services for two decades, and is a former Planning Commissioner for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Selected Experience:

  • Neft v. Vidmark, 923 F.2d 746 (9th Cir. 1991)
  • Berkic v. Crichton, 761 F.2d 1289 (9th Cir. 1985)
  • Shaw v. Lindheim, 809 F.S. 1393 (C.D.CA. 1993)
  • Overman v. Universal, 605 F.S. 350 (D.C.CA 1984)
  • Miller v. CBS, 209 USPQ 502 (C.D.CA 1980)
  • Aguilar v. Universal, 174 CA.3d 384 (CA. App. 1985)
  • Mann v. Columbia, 128 CA.3d 628 (CA. App. 1982)

Professional Activity:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • LACBA Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Services (for 25 years). 
  • Former Planning Commissioner, City of Rancho Palos Verdes, 2006-2010.