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


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, 2005, J.D.
  • College of William and Mary, 1993, B.A.
    • cum laude


  • California, 2005


2049 Century Park East
Suite 3110
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: 310-277-3333
Fax: 310-277-7444
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Elizabeth Lee Schilken

Ms. Schilken has litigated a variety of intellectual property disputes, including claims of breach of implied-in-fact contract (idea submission), copyright infringement and trademark infringement.  She also has experience with matters of unfair competition, breach of confidence, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, unjust enrichment, and interference with contract. 

Ms. Schilken received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she was named a Distinguished Advocate in the Moot Court Honors Program.

Selected Experience:

  • Defended American Broadcasting Companies against breach of confidence and breach of implied-in-fact contract claims in connection with television program American Inventor.
  • Pursued claim in arbitration for breach of motion picture financing agreement for Ambush Entertainment, LLC.
  • Defended producers of motion picture The Killer Inside Me in dispute over remake rights to underlying novel.
  • Defended Merv Griffin Entertainment, Inc. against breach of implied-in-fact contract claim over television game show Merv Griffin’s Crosswords.
  • Defended Hollywood Media Corp. against trademark infringement and dilution claims involving use of domain name.
  • Obtained dismissal of copyright infringement and related claims regarding animated motion picture Cars for The Walt Disney Co. and Pixar.

Professional Activity:

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