Louis P. Petrich

Senior Counsel
Los Angeles

Louis P. Petrich is one of the most experienced attorneys practicing media law in the United States. He has argued several landmark First Amendment and intellectual property cases, and his clients include titans of the entertainment industry in television, film, and insurance.

Lou frequently lectures on copyright, right of publicity, and media issues, and has advised legislators on the development of media law at the state and federal level. He has served on the Board of Trustees and as past president of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, of which he is currently a member.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Lead counsel, obtained summary judgment in Harter v. Disney Enterprises Inc., 104 U.S.P.Q.2d 1547 (E.D. Mo. 2012) ("Santa Paws" movies)
  • Lead counsel, obtained summary judgment in Muller v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 794 F.Supp.2d 429 (S.D.N.Y. 2011), affirmed 2012 WL5439910 (2d Cir. 2012) ("Alien v. Predator" movie)
  • Trial and appellate attorney for Lions Gate in obtaining a defense jury verdict in the Eastern District of Texas in West v. Tyler Perry, Lions Gate on copyright infringement case against the movie Diary of A Mad Black Woman (Dec. 2008), 2009 WL 2225569, and affirmance in the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit, 2010 WL 3303752.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

Media Law Resource Center, President, Defense Counsel Section, 2014; Chairperson, Entertainment Law Committee, 2005-2009

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, media & entertainment: litigation, (California), 2009-2021

Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2020

The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2012, 2022

Named a "Top Lawyer" in The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers, 2007, 2019

Frequently listed in Southern California Super Lawyers

Credentials 

Education

University of California, Los Angeles, Law School (J.D. 1965)
Managing Editor, UCLA Law Review
Order of the Coif

University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. 1962)

Admissions

California

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit