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

The attorneys of LP&S are experienced in all phases of state and federal litigation and a variety of counseling, transactional, and clearance matters.

The firm's principal practice areas are:

Within these areas, the firm handles the following issues, among others:

  • Copyright
  • Trademarks
  • Trade secrets
  • Rights of publicity
  • Privacy
  • Internet law
  • Libel
  • Slander
  • Defamation
  • False light
  • Journalism and reporter shield
  • Anti-SLAPP
  • Royalties and IP licensing
  • Music publishing
  • First amendment and free speech
  • Advertising law
  • Art law
  • Fair use, parody, and satire
  • Insurance
  • Digital media and digital rights management (“DRM”)
  • Rights enforcement
  • Website terms of service and privacy policy
  • Cyber-squatting / cyber-piracy
  • Domain Name Disputes
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • DMCA Safe Harbors
  • Anti-circumvention
  • Bootlegging and piracy
  • User generated content
  • Notice and take-down
  • Breach of contract
  • Property disputes
  • Commercial litigation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Fraud
  • Unjust Enrichment