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


  • University of California at Davis School of Law, 1982, J.D.
    • Member, University of California Law Review, 1980 - 1981
    • Editor, University of California Law Review, 1981 - 1982
  • University of California, 1979, B.A.
    • With Honors


  • California, 1983


2049 Century Park East
Suite 3110
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: 310-277-3333
Fax: 310-277-7444
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Of Counsel - 1956-2017

Walter R. Sadler

Mr. Sadler was Of Counsel with LP&S and practiced Media and Entertainment Law, with special emphasis on First Amendment, Libel & Slander, and Copyright.

He had published on various matters, including Copyright, and was a member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, as well as the American Bar Association’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section.


  • Free Lance Artists, Work for Hire and the Copyright Act of 1976, 15 U.C. Davis Law Review, 703, 1982
  • Copyright Ownership in Commissioned Artworks---A Copyright, Who Dunnit, 16 Intellectual Property Law Review, 1984

Professional Activity

  • Century City Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section, Member
  • California State Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles Copyright Society, Member
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, Member