Mr David Halberstadter > Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP > Los Angeles, United States > Lawyer Profile

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
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David Halberstadter serves as deputy general counsel for the firm’s four California offices. He is an established and well-respected presence in the entertainment industry, widely known for his clear, thoughtful advice and strategic litigation judgment in intellectual property and other entertainment matters. David represents traditional, institutional entertainment industry clients as well as new media companies, that come to him for his extensive experience, his practical, business-savvy approach, and his ability to aggressively prosecute and defend litigation relating to all aspects of motion picture, television and new media conception, development, finance, production and distribution.

David both prosecutes and defends litigation on behalf of motion picture studios and production companies, television networks and producers, and Internet/new media companies on a wide variety of issues, including: copyright infringement, fair use, parody and termination; trademark infringement and unfair competition; defamation, rights of publicity, rights of privacy and the First Amendment; rights acquisitions and transfers; contract disputes between producers and talent; and production, financing, distribution and licensing matters. 

David also plays a prolific “behind-the-scenes” role in connection with motion picture, television and new media development. He regularly helps creators of entertainment content answer the question “Can we do this without getting sued?” For example, David frequently can be found at his desk reviewing books, films, screenplays, motion picture and television treatments, magazine articles and other works in order to assess and reduce the risks of third-party claims based upon motion picture and television adaptations of such works. He analyzes often byzantine rights agreements to ensure that his clients actually acquire the rights for which they are prepared to pay significant sums. He also counsels (and, if necessary, defends) his clients with respect to accounting and other claims asserted by motion picture and television profit participants. According to Chambers USA, David’s clients say that “He has high levels of expertise across entertainment matters, and is extremely smart and a real fighter.”

David frequently lectures and writes on topics relating to the rights and obligations of entertainment industry companies, and has served as an entertainment law columnist for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal. Prior to joining Katten, he practiced with Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey, LLP.


JD, Georgetown University Law Center; BA, Cornell University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Copyright

Katten focuses on areas such as fashion, music, entertainment and technology, with a client roster that includes NBCUniversal, the estate of Michael Jackson, and Live Nation. David Halberstadter is a key figure who advised Starz Entertainment, Anchor Bay Entertainment and CBS Television Studios in relation to two separate lawsuits brought by writers who believed that the television series Power infringed upon their work.  Elsewhere, Karen Artz Ash advised Calvin Klein in licensing issues surrounding its use of imagery from the artist Andy Warhol and the photography of Dennis Hopper. Floyd Mandell is also a key figure and is very active in the technology sector.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > 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 thoroughJoel 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.