Entertainment & Publishing

We Know How the Industry Works

Major studios, music production houses, Internet media, publishing — at the Girardi | Keese law firm, we know those businesses. We know how entertainment and publishing businesses operate, and we know how they often exploit artists and writers.

When we opened the law firm in 1965, attorneys Tom Girardi and Bob Keese were determined from the start to represent individuals and small businesses that had been injured by big businesses. Our first cases came from our home base in Los Angeles, so we learned a great deal in a short time about entertainment and publishing.

Our law firm offers a voice against exploitation by big business.

The entertainment and publishing business is based in large part on confidential pitches — ideas for movies, TV shows, books, video games, music production. There is a lot of trust involved, sometimes well-placed trust, sometimes not.

When a studio takes a concept without paying the originator, when a book publisher steals an idea from an author, that is a breach of implied contract or a breach of confidence.

Our lawyers fight to protect valuable intellectual property.

It is tough, if not impossible, for a scriptwriter to go up against a giant movie studio or for an author to challenge a major publisher. That is why Girardi | Keese offers our IP litigation services on contingency. We take on meritorious cases with no fees from the plaintiff. We do not get paid unless we recover money for our client.

Our IP lawyers believe that everyone deserves access to justice. There should be no "price of admission" such as huge hourly attorney fees. The high price of litigation can shut out the individual who does not have extensive financial resources. By taking cases on contingency, our attorneys enable the Davids in entertainment and publishing to take on the Goliaths.

Contact us to discuss an intellectual property case. We represent clients in California, New York and nationally.