Robert S. Gutierrez

Of Counsel
Los Angeles

Robert S. Gutierrez is a litigator who defends clients across the entertainment industry in contract, ownership, and royalty disputes; idea submission and right of publicity claims; and in matters involving allegations of copyright infringement, defamation, invasion of privacy, unfair competition, and fraud.

Robert also provides chain of title analysis and clearance review of books, screenplays, documentaries, and films on issues pertaining to defamation, trademark and copyright infringement, and privacy and publicity rights.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Defended prominent Vietnamese entertainment company against claim of copyright infringement relating to compositions by famed Vietnamese composers.
  • Obtained summary judgment for leading music production company FirstCom Music against claims for RICO violations, copyright infringement, and fraud involving hundreds of compositions and sound recordings.
  • Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit filed against producers of the motion picture The 33 alleging copyright infringement against the film's score.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

California State Bar Association

Los Angeles Copyright Society

Media Law Resource Center

Recognition & Accomplishments

Southern California Super Lawyer, 2014-2019

Publications

"California Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgment Dismissing Implied Contract Claim Against Rounders Motion Picture," MLRC MediaLawLetter, September 2007

"California Appellate Court Rejects Claim For Publication of Old Crime Information," MLRC MediaLawLetter, March 2003

Credentials 

Education

Stanford Law School (J.D. 1989)
Associate Managing Editor, Law Review

Harvard University (B.A. 1984)

Admissions

California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit