Attorneys

Doniger

Stephen M. Doniger

Mr. Doniger focuses on business disputes in general and intellectual property in particular, representing photographers, authors, fine artists, and clients in the marketing, fashion, entertainment, real estate and hospitality industries. He has been selected to the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers List, an honor bestowed on only 5% of lawyers in Southern California, and selected as the exclusive copyright law expert and recommended attorney for California by Global Law Experts.

Over his 25 years of practice, Mr. Doniger has established an impressive litigation record, particularly in the handling of copyright and trademark disputes. Since his first trial as a sole practitioner in 1997 (One World Marketing v. MEK Int’l, BC 193556 – $550,000 trademark infringement / trade secret theft jury verdict), he has prevailed in every intellectual property lawsuit taken to trial, and has been lead trial counsel in many of the largest copyright verdicts in the Central District, including:

  • A.V.I.D., LLC v. Exist, Inc., Case No. 2:10-cv-09383 ($1,754,272 verdict)
  • Unicolors v. H&M Hennes Mauritz, LP., 2:16-cv-2322 ($817,920 verdict)
  • Desire LLC v. Manna Textile, et al., 2:16-cv-4295 ($480,000 verdict)
  • TMB III Movie, LLC v. PFG Entertainment, 2:13-cv-04949 ($460,000 verdict)
  • U.F.I. v. Lane Bryant, et al., 2:08-cv-6865 ($447,670 verdict)
  • EKB v. Target Corp., et al., 2:10-cv-3334 ($389,638 verdict)

He has also realized numerous six and seven figure settlements in his clients’ favor, including a $1.1 million day-of-trial settlement in Star Fabrics, Inc. v. Morex, Inc. et al., CV-10-7987, and a low seven-figure settlement in L.A. Printex Industries, Inc. v. William Carter Co., CV09-02449 (reached after a jury verdict for willful infringement in a bifurcated trial).

Mr. Doniger has successfully litigated cases in the courts of California, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Nevada, and North Carolina, and he has overseen litigation in foreign jurisdictions including Canada and the United Kingdom through the firm’s network of local counsel. He has also successfully handled numerous state and federal appeals, most recently securing a win for his client in Malibu Textile v. H&M Hennes Mauritz, 17-99583 (9th Cir., April 24, 2019 published opinion).

Mr. Doniger currently serves as counsel for American Photographic Artists, and works with the Coalition of Visual Artists to, inter alia, advance the rights of artists through the promotion of legislative and other avenues. He has been a featured speaker on intellectual property topics for CSUSA, The California Lawyers Association, APA, California Lawyers for the Arts, USC’s Law School and Marshall School of Business, the Art Institute, and many other groups. He has been featured and quoted in many other articles on intellectual property and business topics, and has been retained as an expert witness in copyright infringement prosecution.

Mr. Doniger is also a graduate of the Straus Institute’s mediation training program, and has mediated cases both privately and for the Los Angeles Superior Court. When not helping clients, he can often be found teaching his young children about black holes, dark matter, and the many other things around us that lend perspective to the actual significance of our problems.

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Scott Alan Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs was selected as a Rising Star for the years 2015-2019 by Los Angeles Magazine and Super Lawyers. This honor recognizes the top 2.5% of all attorneys under 40 years of age. He has handled over a thousand art and business law disputes and recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients. His matters involve fashion, art, photography, scripted and reality programming, music, accessories, literature, documentary and feature films, websites, advertising, novelty goods, jewelry, hospitality, and home décor.

He has obtained numerous six and seven-figure results for his clients, and a number of the top copyright jury verdicts in Los Angeles, including the following:

  • Unicolors, Inc. v. Urban Outfitters, Inc. ($531,000.00)
  • Novelty Textiles, Inc. v. The Wet Seal, Inc., ($650,000.00)
  • United Fabrics International v. Lane Bryant, Inc., ($447,670.60)

Mr. Burroughs has also argued successfully before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, creating new law on important, cutting-edge copyright issues, including the following:

  • Unicolors, Inc. v. Urban Outfitters, Inc. (No. 15-55507) (published opinion) (Defended summary judgment victory and jury verdict on appeal in copyright case. Appellate Court affirmed in full, clarifying important copyright law issues regarding access, substantial similarity, and registration).
  • L.A. Printex Industries, Inc. v. Aeropostale, Inc., (No. 10-56187) (published opinion) (Full reversal of a district court decision awarding more than $400,000.00 against the firm’s client, after which the client prevailed at the liability stage of a bifurcated jury trial and the case settled for a low seven-figure sum the night before the damages stage was set to begin).
  • United Fabrics Int’l, Inc. v. C&J Wear, Inc., (No. 09-56499) (published opinion) (Full reversal of a district court ruling against the firm’s client, after which summary judgment was entered in favor of the firm’s client).

Mr. Burroughs is passionate about protecting the rights of artists and content creators, and writes and speaks often on the subject. He has lectured for California Lawyers for the Arts, the Fashion Business Institute, the Loyola Law School Fashion Symposium, and the University of Southern California Law School, and written articles for the Daily Journal, Bloomberg News, and others. He also taught Fashion Law at the Art Institute of California, and writes a copyright law column for leading legal website Above the Law: https://abovethelaw.com/author/scottalanburroughs/

Mr. Burroughs is a member of the California and New York State Bars and handles litigation for firm clients in jurisdictions around the world. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Miramax Films, SFX Entertainment, and as a music journalist. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, San Diego and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California.

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David R. Shein

David Shein specializes in the enforcement of copyrights on behalf of diverse clients including songwriters, recording artists, photographers, graphic designers and painters. He also represents clients on the plaintiff and defense side in high stakes trademark cases and business disputes. Much of his practice focuses in and around the entertainment and fashion industries where he has been able to bring to bear his own experience in those areas to provide practical as well as legal insight both in and out of litigation.

Mr. Shein’s representative matters:

Represented songwriter and recording artist Jaime Ciero against The Walt Disney Company in copyright dispute regarding the hit song Let It Go from the Frozen soundtrack. Ciero v. The Walt Disney Company, et al. U.S.D.C. Case No. 17-cv-08544 GW (MRWx).

Obtained summary judgment in favor of bass player Juan Croucier in trademark infringement case involving the band name RATT. Won a court order holding that a 1996 transfer purporting to assign the RATT trademark from the original RATT partnership was invalid and ruled in Croucier’s favor on all counts. The ruling was upheld on appeal and the court thereafter entered an award of attorneys’ fees in favor of Croucier in the amount of $232,927.50. WBS, Inc. v. Juan Croucier, et al., U.S.D.C. Case No. CV 15-07251 DDP (JCx)

Represented renowned painter and street artist Mark Paul Deren aka Madsteez in a case against Sharp Electronics wherein Deren alleged that Sharp had used his photograph, artwork, and likeness without authorization to market and promote Sharp televisions. Mark Paul Deren v. Sharp Electronics Corporation et al. U.S.D.C. Case No.: 15-CV- 0869-JLS-JCG.

Represented fashion design house in a hotly contested copyright infringement dispute with a large Florida-based clothing supplier and obtained a $1,754,272 jury verdict at trial alongside Stephen Doniger. Advanced Visual Image Design, LLC v. Exist, Inc., U.S.D.C. Case No. 2:10-cv-09383

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Matthew DiNicola

Mr. DiNicola leads the firm’s transactional projects. He maintains a diverse corporate, entertainment, and intellectual property practice emphasizing complex transactional work.

Mr. DiNicola regularly takes on the role of outside general counsel for his corporate clients as he represents them with respect to corporate governance, strategy, and executive/key personnel compensation issues while taking the lead in transactions involving companies in a number of industries including technology, manufacturing, fashion, design, consumer products, media, food and beverage, hospitality, restaurants, and real estate.

Mr. DiNicola has also advised entertainment production companies and producers with respect to the financing, production, and distribution of motion pictures and television series. He also represents talent, including directors, writers, actors, songwriters, and music composers in connection with their contributions to entertainment projects and non-entertainment business endeavors.

Mr. DiNicola’s intellectual property practice focuses on assisting clients with copyright and trademark registration, clearance, portfolio management, enforcement, and licensing. He assists brand and content owners in many industries, including the apparel, entertainment, video game, and social media industries.

Mr. DiNicola earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2004 and is licensed to practice in the State of California and the State of Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2000. Among his long list of impressive accolades, Mr. DiNicola earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, which is ranked as the top program of its kind in the nation.

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Trevor W. Barrett

Trevor W. Barrett is the Senior Associate at Doniger / Burroughs, representing clients in counseling and commercial litigation, including transactions and civil litigation for clients in the fashion, textile, art, entertainment, music and media industries. Mr. Barrett was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the Southern California region in 2020. Mr. Barrett is also currently serving as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Copyright Litigation Committee. Mr. Barrett regularly represents content creators, artists, jewelry companies, photographers, and apparel and textile companies to enforce and protect their rights against infringers, and has extensive experience litigating copyright infringement disputes.

Mr. Barrett has represented a diverse array of clients in hundreds of disputes, including as trial counsel in over 400 federal lawsuits, second-chairing several trials, and handling appeals before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Barrett has prevailed at the summary judgment and jury trial stages, obtaining numerous six- and seven-figure results for his clients.

Mr. Barrett earned his Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law, with a specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property. While at UCLA, Mr. Barrett served as Managing Editor of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review and as Vice President of the Sports Law Federation. During law school he also competed in moot court and the national sports law negotiation competition. Mr. Barrett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from California State University, Northridge in Music Industry Studies, with a minor in Cinema and Television Arts Media Management, being awarded the Presidential Scholarship.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Barrett worked in the Business and Legal Affairs Department of NBC Universal’s Comcast Entertainment Group, in marketing for an international film distributor, as a music supervisor for film trailers and political promotional materials, and as head of a non-profit record label. Mr. Barrett has wide-ranging experience in the entertainment industry, an expansive knowledge of entertainment business transactions, and material experience in civil litigation. He is licensed to practice before the Central District of California, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of the United States.

A passionate proponent of music, media, art. and fashion, Mr. Barrett endeavors to facilitate, protect, and enforce creative expression and the intellectual property of creative individuals and companies of all sorts. Mr. Barrett is a husband and father, and enjoys spending time with his family when not fervently advocating on behalf of his clients.

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Frank Gregory Casella

Frank Gregory Casella is an associate at Doniger / Burroughs, representing clients in the fashion, entertainment, journalism, and photography industries. His practice focuses on copyright, trademark, and contract law. Mr. Casella has taken multiple copyright matters to trial, resulting in the recovery of maximum statutory damages awards on behalf of his clients. Mr. Casella also has considerable appellate experience before both the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court.

In the realm of public policy advocacy, Mr. Casella has also provided comment and response to Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry on behalf of a trade group of photographers, ensuring that Copyright Office policy is shaped by informed opinions and perspectives of artists.

Outside of litigation, Mr. Casella counsels individual artists and companies with balancing best practices for art and brand protection while still maintaining their competitive presence in the market. He has also successfully advised on the dissolution of a company while ensuring a renowned jewelry designer retained the rights to his name and likeness.

Mr. Casella earned his law degree in 2014 from the University of Southern California Gould School Of Law, where he was a Senior Copy Editor of the Interdisciplinary Law Journal and earned Certificates in Entertainment Law and Business Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami in 2011, graduating magna cum laude.
During law school, Mr. Casella worked as a judicial extern in the California Court of Appeals for Justice H. Walter Croskey.

He is admitted to practice in: California, the Central District of California, the Northern District of California, the Southern District of California, the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

His publications include:

Unfair to Fair Use, Daily Journal, Mar. 23, 2016.

Pruning the Thorned Rose – A Copyright Law Fair Use Proposal, USC SPOTLIGHT, 2018

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Justin M. Gomes

Mr. Gomes represents clients in the entertainment, fashion, art, and media industries, with a focus on copyright law. Mr. Gomes obtained his law degree and an entertainment law certificate from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and his B.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. While at USC, Mr. Gomes worked in the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic where he advised documentary filmmakers, authors, artists, and creators regarding fair use, and submitted comments in significant copyright and patent law rule matters.

Prior to joining the Doniger / Burroughs team, Mr. Gomes served as an associate at a prominent boutique copyright litigation firm specializing in entertainment and copyright litigation. He represented clients in several multimillion-dollar cases and helped secure a historic settlement on behalf of the heirs of a legendary comic book creator in a case that was pending before the United States Supreme Court.

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Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Zaharia worked in the compliance department of two banking institutions, where she monitored regulatory, security, and reputational risk factors, while providing guidance to other department employees on those matters. Previously, Ms. Zaharia was selected as the 2016-2017 Dean’s Fellow for the Fashion Law Institute, the world’s first center dedicated to law and the business of fashion. Ms. Zaharia received her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law, where she served as the Publications Director of the Fordham Art Law Society. She also externed with the Business and Legal Affairs Department of FilmNation Entertainment and performed pro bono services for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Zaharia was part of the Social Media Team at Bloomingdale’s and held various public relations internships in the fashion industry, such as Jimmy Choo and PR Consulting. Ms. Zaharia received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies from Fordham University College at Rose Hill. Ms. Zaharia is admitted to practice law in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and is a member of the Fashion Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association as well as the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

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Elina Kharit represents artists, designers, photographers, musicians, and intellectual property owners in entertainment law transactions and intellectual property litigation. She has an extensive background in civil litigation having practiced with a national firm in California and Washington, D.C. Ms. Kharit represented clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, business and contract disputes, and general tort litigation. Prior to joining Doniger / Burroughs, Ms. Kharit served as an attorney at the Federal Emergency Management Agency where she advised on federal contracting, procurement, and fiscal issues. In her most recent role as sole counsel for a national preparedness program, she provided guidance on copyright and trademark issues in the execution of its national initiatives.

Ms. Kharit earned her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she also served on the Dispute Resolution Law Journal. She received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution and externed for the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan at the United States Bankruptcy Court. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a double major in Russian Literature and Political Science. Ms. Kharit is passionate about the arts and works to support the rights of content creators in the pursuit of their artistic expression.

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Michael D. Steger

Michael D. Steger is of counsel to the firm, practicing primarily in New York. He focuses on intellectual property, entertainment, litigation, and business matters in the fashion, entertainment, photography and software industries. In 2010, he was named “Best Intellectual Property Attorney for Growing Businesses” by New York Enterprise Report magazine. Mr. Steger has tried numerous cases to judges, juries, and arbitrators in federal and state court, including as lead counsel in Berman v. Johnson, 518 F.Supp.2d 791 (E.D.Va. 2007), a seminal case on authorship of films. Mr. Steger’s entertainment practice focuses on film, television, internet and music projects, and he represents creatives and production companies in matters including film, television, and online financing, and production, distribution and syndication agreements. He has served as production counsel for several films and broadcast and cable television programs.

His corporate and business experience includes forming and dissolving corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, as well as contract drafting and review, employment matters, drafting buy-sell and other shareholder agreements, and handling investment transactions. Before joining the firm, Mr. Steger was in-house counsel for STF Productions, Inc., the producer of Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” and the syndicated “Final Justice,” where he also handled business and legal affairs for other Fox entities.

He previously represented clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies in California. Mr. Steger is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Litigation Committee, a member of the ABA’s Entertainment and Sports Law and Communications Law Forums, and a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committees. He has written and spoken extensively on intellectual property and entertainment law matters. Mr. Steger received his J.D., M.A. and B.A. from the University of Virginia and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in New York, California, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

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Emily Danchuk

Emily A. Danchuk is an intellectual property attorney with significant litigation and transactional experience, and is passionate about the rights of content creators. Ms. Danchuk has handled numerous copyright and trademark prosecutions, managed litigation of infringement matters, and prepared all manner of business and licensing agreements for her creative clients. She served as in-house counsel for a film distribution company specializing in independent and foreign films, and founded Copyright Collaborative, LLC, an association that assists artists in understanding, protecting, and managing their intellectual property rights. Ms. Danchuk received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree in dual areas, Political Science and Spanish, from Miami University of Ohio. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Maine Bar Association, and the Cumberland Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maine.

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Robert Cherry is a business, entertainment, and intellectual property attorney practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas. He uses his background in litigation and transactional work to help creative and emerging companies in the arts & entertainment, digital media, technology, professional services, and fashion industries. He strives to help clients achieve their business goals and manage their legal risk. Robert maintains a license to practice law in both Texas and California. And his contemporary, context-sensitive approach to providing legal services, as well as the extraordinary care that he exhibits for each client, sets him apart as an attorney for independent artists, start-ups, and creative companies. Robert earned his Bachelor of Science at Texas State University – San Marcos and his Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School and was a judicial extern for the Vermont Supreme Court. In his free time, Robert stays active in the local Austin music scene – either promoting independent music or performing in one of his bands.

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Erin Kurth handles intellectual property litigation for clients in various creative industries. Ms. Kurth has a strong background in music, having earned a Bachelors of Music from the University of Southern California. She also obtained her Paralegal Program Certificate with distinction from University of California, Los Angeles, Extension. She possesses familiarity with civil practices and procedures in several federal and state courts throughout California and New York. Since joining Doniger / Burroughs as a paralegal, her work has focused on managing copyright, trademark, right of publicity, and patent actions in the fashion, music, photography, and entertainment industries. Her interests include ballet, film, television, and the New York Times Crossword.

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Christian Cloud

Christian spent 25 years a professional model and actress, and has extensive experience in the worlds of fashion, photography, and production. She holds a Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington, where she was a member of the lacrosse team. As the Photography Client Manager at Doniger / Burroughs, she works directly with clients in the creative industries to manage their intellectual property portfolios and enforce their copyrights, publicity rights, and trademarks.

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London Zamora is a second generation Los Angeles native who is passionate about performing arts and the law. London graduated from the California State University, Northridge with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and an emphasis in Law and Society. In 2019, she completed the University of California, Los Angeles Paralegal program and earned her certificate with distinction. She is a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Women in E-Discovery and the Los Angeles Paralegal Association. When London is not being a rockstar in the firm, she is hanging with friends at the beach, hiking the local trials, and enjoying the nightlife in her Montebello neighborhood where she lives with her rescued dog Prince. … personnel compensation issues while taking the lead in transactions involving companies in a number of industries including technology, manufacturing, fashion, design, consumer products, media, food and beverage, hospitality, restaurants, and real estate.

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Brittany Williams

Ms. Williams works with the firm’s roster of clients to ensure that their rights are protected. As an administrative assistant at the firm, she is responsible for overseeing all daily office functions ensuring the organization and staff have an effective work environment. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her skating on the beach, working on her podcast, and taking photographs.

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