Devin McRae is a business litigator with an emphasis in entertainment, intellectual property and partnership disputes, including those concerning breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, copyright and trademark infringement, idea submission, royalties and participations, representation agreements, performer agreements, executive services agreements, operating agreements, distribution agreements and trade secrets. Mr. McRae also has extensive experience in real estate, employment, investment and insurance coverage-related disputes. In addition, Mr. McRae has been on the forefront in representing victims of abuse, domestic violence and coercive control against Hollywood power players and business tycoons.
His clients include prominent artists, actors, writers and producers; production companies; law firms; talent agents and agencies; talent managers and management firms; television networks; accounting firms; and insurance companies. In connection with his representation of clients in the television industry, Mr. McRae is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He is routinely called upon by the media to provide commentary on high profile issues of entertainment law and litigation. He has been selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers Editions each year since 2016, Southern California Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Editions 2009, 2011-2015, and has been named in The Best Lawyers in America© each year since 2016 for Intellectual Property Litigation and each year since 2019 for Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television. In 2021, he was recognized as a “Visionary” by L.A. Times B2B Publishing Business of Law Magazine and named and profiled in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Attorneys” Edition. In 2016, the Daily Journal selected Mr. McRae as one of California’s “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers. Mr. McRae was listed in Variety’s 2023 and 2022 “Legal Impact Report.” Mr. McRae is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. McRae’s success as a trial lawyer started early while in his fifth year of practice he single-handedly obtained a $6 million trial verdict on behalf of his client. In 2021, Mr. McRae obtained a multi-million dollar verdict for actress Shannen Doherty in a federal jury trial. In addition to significant trial and arbitration experience, Mr. McRae has successfully briefed and argued matters before the California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prior to co-founding Early Sullivan, Mr. McRae practiced at the Los Angeles Glaser Weil firm and international firms Dorsey & Whitney and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. He received his law degree in 2002 from UCLA School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of New Mexico where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Prior to law school, Mr. McRae was an amateur boxer and competed in the Los Angeles Golden Gloves competition. He lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife and three children. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, and training and competing in Brazilian jiu jitsu, in which he is a black belt.
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