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 Law
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Civil Litigation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Media and First Amendment 

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law, 1992, J.D.
    • With Honors
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1989, B.A.
    • summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

  

Admissions

  • California, 1992

  

Contact

2049 Century Park East
Suite 3110
Los Angeles, CA 90067

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

Loralee Sundra

Ms. Sundra specializes in Media & First Amendment Law, Intellectual Property issues, and Civil Litigation.

Ms. Sundra also regularly counsels clients on domestic and international copyright, trademark, licensing and other entertainment, media, publishing and Internet-related matters.

She earned her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, with honors, and graduated summa cum laude with a dual B.A. degree in Communications and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Experience:

  • United States District Court, C.D. California, Western Division, REED MARTIN v. VIVENDI UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT, LLC, FOCUS FEATURES, LLC, JAMES JARMUSCH, GLENN RIGBERG, Case No. CV96-1684 RSWL (JWJx).  September 2007:  Assisted at trial where we obtained a defense verdict and dismissal of a copyright and idea theft lawsuit regarding the motion picture Broken Flowers filed against the writer/director Jim Jarmusch, Universal Studios, Focus Features, and producer Glenn Rigberg.
  • United States District Court, E.D. Texas, DONNA WEST V. TYLER PERRY, LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT, TYLER PERRY COMPANY, Case No. 2:07cv200 (E.D.Tex. Dec. 9, 2008) (Davis, J.) December 2009: Assisted at trial where we obtained a jury verdict in favor of defendants (Tyler Perry, Lions Gate Entertainment, Tyler Perry Company) in a copyright infringement lawsuit over Tyler Perry's movie Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
  • United States District Court, District of Nevada, CORBELLO V. DEVITO, ET AL., Case No. 08-CV-00867-RCJ-PAL.  October 2008-June 2017: Assisted in all phases of a nearly decade-long case in which we obtained summary judgment for Frankie Valli and the other creators of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement and an accounting based on a theory that defendants became co-copyright owners of a biographical manuscript about a former Four Seasons member.  Corbello v. DeVito, et al., 832 F.Supp.2d 1231 (D.Nev. 2011); 844 F.Supp.2d 1136 (D.Nev. 2012).  Following the Ninth Circuit's reversal of summary judgment and remand to trial, the jury returned a verdict for plaintiff, and we filed a post-trial Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law, which the Court granted as to all remaining defendants on a finding of "fair use" as a matter of law (2017 WL 2587924 (D.Nev. 2017)).

Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1992 – 2019, Member