Bryan M. Sullivan

Partner

Bryan M. Sullivan advises and represents his clients as a legal strategist in all their business affairs assisting them in achieving their business goals while ensuring that they receive the utmost level of protection along the way.  Bryan’s goal is to obtain for his clients a net gain by balancing specific, imminent business and legal needs with overarching client goals.

Bryan implements effective, creative strategies by drawing upon his wide range of business experience and legal expertise, which gives him a unique appreciation of the importance of harmonizing the many varying, and sometimes competing, demands that exist in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing business world.  Bryan has experience on the litigation and appeals side of the practice, as well as with entertainment and intellectual property contracts, investment and financing agreements, and corporate structure documents on the dealmaking side.  He is also well-versed in the exercise of a corporate officer’s or director’s fiduciary duties and has advised many individuals on their respective obligations as an officer and/or director of a company.  From complex litigation to negotiation strategy to everyday business decisions, Bryan knows how to prioritize the client’s needs and to ensure a net gain and positive result for the client.

Bryan was named in the The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 for Commercial Transactions / UCC Law, was recognized by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal in 2015 as one of the “Top 20 Attorneys Under 40 in California,” and was recognized by national legal publication Law360 in 2013 as one of the top 100 attorneys under 40 in the United States.  Further, from 2008-2014, Bryan was named a “Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters and Los Angeles Magazine and, from 2015-2017, a “Super Lawyer” by the same publications.

Also, Bryan is well-known in the community for his non-profit activism and work on political campaigns.  He is involved as an officer or director of several non-profit groups, including Basta, Inc., a tenants’ rights group; I Vote, Inc., a youth voter engagement group; and the Lion Fund For Children, a group that helps victims of sex abuse.  In 2012, the Liberty Hill Foundation honored Bryan with its 2012 NextGen Leadership Award at its annual ChangeLA Event at the W Hotel Hollywood recognizing Bryan’s dedication to non-profit work and political activism.

In addition, in April of 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Bryan to the City of Los Angeles’ Affordable Housing Commission where Bryan served until March 2015 when he resigned to join Mayor Garcetti’s reelection campaign.

Bryan received his law degree in 2000 from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997 in Political Science, History and International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, where he graduated summa cum laude with honors and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Entertainment

  • Secured the dismissal of a purported class action lawsuit allegedly consisting of all Asians in California pursuant to the Unruh Civil Rights Act. Plaintiff sought $4 billion in damages from Defendant Miley Cyrus, alleging she made a facial expression that was offensive to Asians in a private photo that was disseminated on the internet in Kim v. Cyrus, LASC Case No. BC407607.
  • Obtained restraining orders on behalf of Miley Cyrus against two celebrity stalkers in Cyrus v Rivera, LASC Case No. ES016158, and Cyrus v. Meek, LASC Case No. BS148179.
  • Obtained a restraining order on behalf of Kathy Griffin against a celebrity stalker in Griffin v. Henderson, LASC Case No. BS1489385.
  • Represented Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc., in a dispute arising from the filming of Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, over the payment for the use of horses in that film in Ideal Harness, Inc. v. GGX Productions, Inc., et al., LASC Case No. BC510232.
  • Represented Lionsgate Films, Inc. in a lawsuit against The Weinstein Company, LLC regarding the distribution rights to critically acclaimed and award winning film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire in Lionsgate Films, Inc. v. The Weinstein Company, LLC, LASC Case No. BC406990.
  • Represented noted screenwriter, Dan Petrie Jr., in an action relating to the attempt to remake the film, The Big Easy, which resulted in Mr. Petrie being attached to any such remake as well as confirming that Mr. Petrie still held the television rights to the film in CDP Productions, Inc. v. Big Easy II Film, LLC, et al., LASC Case No. SC116074.
  • Represented Forbes.com blogger and FoxNews commentator, Rick Ungar, in a copyright infringement action over the use of a photograph taken from Google images in Ungar v. Easthagen, U.S.D.C. Central District of California Case No. 11-CV-10506.
  • Represented actress Whoopi Goldberg in a breach of a trademark license agreement. Whoop, Inc. v. Amrapur Overseas, Inc. dba Colonial Home Textiles, OCSC Case No. 00110672.
  • Represented Alevy Productions, Inc. is the loan-out company for famed actor and comedian, Howie Mandel, known for his role in NBC drama St. Elsewhere and as host of Deal or No Deal, in a dispute over a licensing agreement in Alevy Productions, Inc. v. Imagination International, Inc., LASC Case No. BC443717.
  • Represented Organized Noize, Inc., a very successful hip-hop songwriting group in an action against Bug Music, Inc., alleging that the underpayment of royalties owed to Plaintiffs in Organized Noize v. Bug Music, Inc., LASC Case No. BC458826.
  • Obtained dismissal for Roadside Attractions, LLC, an independent film distribution company that distributed the 2011 Academy Award nominated films Winter’s Bone and Biutiful, sued for the film From Mexico With Love for claims for intentional and negligent misrepresentation based upon alleged fraudulent estimates for domestic box office returns in National Bank of California v. Pascucci, et al., LASC Case No. BC440804.
  • Represented Trace Cyrus, brother of Miley Cyrus, in connection with a corporate dispute over control of Metrostation, Inc., the holding company for the band Metro Station, best known for their Top 10 Billboard hit single Shake It in Metrostation, Inc. v. Trace Cyrus, et al., LASC Case No. SC108543.
  • Obtained a dismissal for German media tycoon, Dr. Bodo Scriba, in a dispute initiated by Twentieth Century Fox International Corporation over monies purportedly owed under various film distribution agreements for the distribution of Fox films to Russia in Twentieth Century Fox International Corporation v. Gemini Films International SAO, U.S.D.C Central District of California Case No. 08-1109.
  • Represented reality show producer, Robert Zazzali, in a dispute for unpaid compensation that was alleged to have been stolen by an executive of Varuna Entertainment in Zazzali v. Morgan, U.S.D.C. Central District for California Case No. CV-12-8465
  • Represented Cellar Door, Inc. is the loan-out company for actor Cam Gigandet, in a breach of contract action to recover monies owed from ClickR LLC, a skincare company who sold products through, among others, Sephora, for work performed as a spokesperson in Cellar Door, Inc. v. ClickR, LLC, LASC Case No. BC477164.
  • Obtained dismissal for Enderby Entertainment, Inc. in an action brought by Clemistry Music for breach of contract arising out of two agreements to provide music for two independent films entitled Silver Falls and 5 Souls in Clemistry Music, Inc. v. Okanagan Films, LLC, et al., LASC Case No. BC492949.
  • Represented Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, the stars of the hit reality television show Kitchen Cousins on HGTV, who sued their prior talent agency, Venture IAB, for breach of contract based on Venture’s inability to professionally and competently represent Mr. Carrino and Mr. Colaneri in Carrino, et al. v. Venture IAB, Labor Commission Case No. TACC 27088.
  • Represented film producer, Haroon Saleem, in the negotiations of several films involving independent production companies as well as major motion picture studios.
  • Represented Enderby Entertainment, LLC in various negotiations regarding several films it produced.
  • Represented Roadside Attractions in conjunction with negotiations for the distribution of films as well as potential corporate transactions.

Sports

  • Represented baseball player, Robinson Cano, in various endorsement deals.
  • Represented hockey player, Kyle McLaren, in a dispute over an investment in a bar/restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island in McLaren v. Carroll, U.S.D.C. District of Rhode Island Case No. 12-009022.
  • Represented NBA agent, Dan Fegan, in action to recover unpaid agent and management fees from NBA player Dale Davis in Davis v. Fegan, LASC Case No. SC090858.
  • Represented basketball player, Nene Hilario, in a breach of contract action brought by Nene’s former personal and business manager seeking nearly $10 million pursuant to a Personal Services Agreement in Santos v. Hilario, City and County of Denver District Court No. 06CV3052.

Corporate Fiduciary

  • Represented the holding company of Russian billionaire, Ara Abramyan—a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin—in a dispute with the officers of Organic America, LLC, in which Mr. Abramyan’s holding company invested, to determine control of the company in Unava, LLC, et al. v. World Organics, LLC, et al., LASC Case No. 061440.
  • Represented the minority investors in an iconic West Hollywood restaurant in an internal corporate dispute against the majority shareholder involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of corporate funds in Burgi, et al. v. Casperson, et al., LASC Case No. BC515663.
  • Represented technology/internet entrepreneur, Kenneth Brook, in an internal corporate dispute with a business partner in a company called Streamroll Media in Brook v. Jahani, LASC Case No. BC565034.
  • Represented a group of investors seeking to recover damages from two corporate executives for breaches of fiduciary duty arising from their management of the entertainment company, Manana Media, which owned a library of over 1,000 films that the officers allegedly neglected resulting in serious issues with the film library’s chain of title in Farrior, et al. v. Vaisbort, et al., LAS Case No. BC500585.

Complex Litigation

  • Represented international security company, Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., and its CEO, Rick Hernandez (who is also a director of several Fortune 500 companies), in a dispute with a former employee involving allegations of theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with contractual relations, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as well as the Federal False Claims Act in Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. v. Kenneth Proulx, Advanced Offshore Solutions, et al.
  • Represented EHR Aviation, Inc. in connection with a dispute against Asjet Aviation, Inc., Biotab Nutraceuticals, Inc. (the maker of the Extenze male enhancement product), and the shareholders of both entities, Tamara Gibson and Robert Winter Sr., arising out of the alleged failure to repay EHR Aviation, Inc. for the purchase of a Gulfstream III in EHR Aviation, Inc. v. Asjet Aviation, Inc., et al., LASC Case No. BC448850.
  • Represented Sandy Gallin, a well-known entertainment talent manager, in a case brought by Roger Birnbaum, the former co-CEO of MGM Studios for alleged roof defects in the house that Plaintiff purchased from Mr. Gallin in a case of first impression involving the interpretation of Civil Code section 911 in Birnbaum v. Gallin, LASC Case No. SC113282.

Appellate Cases

  • Represented the Appellant in Moorefield Construction, Inc. v. Intervest Mortgage Investment Company, et al., D065464, in which Sullivan obtained a reversal of a trial court’s decision awarding a general contractor $2.2 million on its mechanic’s lien.
  • Represented billionaire Ronald Burkle in a marital dissolution action entitled In re Marriage of Burkle, 139 Cal.App.4th 712 (2006), a landmark case on the issue of post-nuptial agreements, and in the related appeal Burkle v. Burkle, 144 Cal.App.4th 387 (2006), holding that the recasting of family law issues as separate civil actions is improper and sanctionable.

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