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Zia Modabber

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Entertainment and Media


Zia F. Modabber is the managing partner of the Los Angeles offices and is co-chair of Katten's Los Angeles Litigation practice. He handles a wide array of business and entertainment disputes, with particular experience and focus on the music business and clients with significant public profiles.

For more than two decades, Zia has been a sought after litigator for copyright, trademark, right of publicity, First Amendment, defamation, musical recording and publishing, partnership (including band disputes), artist-manager relations, trade secrets, idea submission, and labor and employment matters. Zia's extensive body of work, track record of success, and reputation for maintaining high level of integrity, discretion, and sensitivity have made him the attorney of choice for Michael Jackson and now his Estate, Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Wonder, Lance Armstrong, Aerosmith, Slash/Guns N' Roses, Jeff Lynne/Electric Light Orchestra, Enrique Iglesias, Ben Silverman, Sony Music and many others.

Zia's reputation for integrity is firmly rooted in helping clients effectively bridge the uncomfortable space between legal crisis and "back to normal," while operating with the level of discretion that high profile matters and clients require. Zia also practices from a perspective sensitive to the whole client, addressing immediate issues in the context of clients' broader professional needs.

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment: litigation

Within: Media and entertainment: litigation

The 'very experienced and knowledgeable' media and entertainment litigation team at Katten 'takes pride in its work', such as recently successfully defending STX Entertainment in litigation brought by Sesame Workshop over the use of the tagline 'No Sesame. All Street.' in its promotional materials for the R-rated movie, The Happytime Murders. Zia Modabber is acting for The Estate of Michael Jackson in a putative class action alleging Michael Jackson was not the actual vocalist on three tracks from his first posthumous album. David Halberstadter, the 'patient and thorough' Joel Weiner and Gloria Franke Shaw, who attracts praise for 'exceptional litigation for copyright infringement cases', are key names to note. Shaw recently acted for Barstool Sports, a satirical sports and men’s lifestyle blog, in a defamation and false light claim brought by rap and hip-hop artist Andre Roxx after he was mistakenly identified in a news story. All attorneys mentioned are based in Los Angeles.

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