Michael Garfinkel > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Los Angeles (Century City), United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067-4704
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Intellectual Property and Technology; Media, Sport and Entertainment


Partner; Los Angeles Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology


Michael Garfinkel is an entertainment and media litigator with more than 30 years’ experience navigating his clients’ most challenging issues. He represents studios, production companies, talent agencies, advertising agencies and artists in matters involving intricate industry-specific agreements, trademark, copyright and right of publicity disputes, trade secrets and defamation. In addition, Michael also represents a variety of clients in commercial litigation including limited liability company and partnership disputes and consumer class action defense.

Michael’s long-view approach, hands-on manner and problem solving skills have resulted in enduring client relationships. He relentlessly pursues his clients’ goals, whether through pre-dispute advice, creative resolution or, when necessary, arbitration, trial and on appeal.


Los Angeles Copyright Society, Member, Board of Trustees, Trustee-At-Large, (2015 – 2017)


J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law; B.A., University of Michigan

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation

The media & entertainment litigation practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) is focused on cases of breach of contract and fraud. Based in Los Angeles, the team acts for an array of clients from all subsectors including Jukin Media, and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Michael Garfinkel leads the practice, a seasoned litigator he represents companies operating in music, film, television, and IP disputes. With extensive expertise in IP and advertising as they pertain to new media and consumer products, Tamany Vinson Bentz recently represented Thane Direct Inc. in two disputes concerning royalties and unjust enrichment respectively. Further recommended is associate Jason Taylor Lueddeke who is highly active in the team, working closely with Garfinkel.