Sophia S. Lau


Sophia S. Lau is an experienced litigator and Partner at Early Sullivan.  Ms. Lau’s practice spans a wide variety of commercial litigation matters for both individual and corporate clients.  Ms. Lau has successfully litigated and resolved cases involving complex business, intellectual property, employment and real estate issues.  Additionally, Ms. Lau has represented actors, musicians and writers in negotiating and drafting licensing, television and other entertainment transactional agreements.

Ms. Lau received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  During law school, Ms. Lau was a judicial extern for the Honorable Chief Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, and the Honorable Justice William F. Rylaarsdam of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District.

Prior to joining Early Sullivan, Ms. Lau was an attorney at the law firm of Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard & Shapiro LLP (formerly Christensen Miller, et al.).

She is licensed to practice in California and Nevada, and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© each year since 2018 for Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation; and Entertainment Law – Music.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of real estate broker in case involving claims of misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Successfully defended television producers and production company against multi-million dollar breach of contract claim.
  • Teamed with other attorneys to obtain unanimous defense verdict in favor of client international real estate brokerage firm after a three-week jury trial arising out of a failed real estate transaction.
  • Represented national title insurance company against claims of discrimination and wrongful termination by former employee resulting in a nuisance value settlement.
  • Represented songwriters and recording artists in resolving audit disputes.
  • Negotiated royalty payments on behalf of world-renowned author in dispute with publisher.
  • Represented various celebrity clients in negotiating licensing and television agreements.