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April 5th, 2021

Billboard

David Chidekel Featured in Billboard’s 2021 List of “Top Music Lawyers”
The firm would like to congratulate David Chidekel on being named to Billboard’s prestigious “Top Music Lawyers” list for 2021. The highly competitive annual list features attorneys who have handled the biggest legal battles and deals in the music and ... read more

March 16th, 2021

The Hollywood Reporter

Early Sullivan’s Representation of “Blacklight” Screenwriter Covered in The Hollywood Reporter
Devin McRae and Zachary Gidding recently filed a complaint on behalf of Federal Trade Commission attorney and first-time screenwriter Nick May, which alleges that “Ozark” co-creator Mark Williams wrongfully claimed a writing credit on the upcoming Liam Neeson film “Blacklight.” ... read more

March 16th, 2021

The Hollywood Reporter

Bryan Sullivan Quoted in The Hollywood Reporter on Harassment Claims and the Extent of Government Reach
Bryan Sullivan was recently quoted in Ashley Cullins’ Hollywood Reporter article “‘Criminal Minds’ Dispute Raises Questions About Government Reach.” The article discusses California’s Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) complaint alleging that Disney had enabled director of photography Gregory ... read more

March 11th, 2021

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Early Sullivan’s Coverage Determination On Behalf Of Old Republic Affirmed On Appeal
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld Early Sullivan’s coverage determination, involving a complex mechanic’s lien dispute, on behalf of client Old Republic National Title Insurance Company (“Old Republic”). At the center of the dispute was ... read more

February 26th, 2021

Bryan Sullivan a Panelist for a Program at the 2021 ICPHSO Annual Symposium
Bryan Sullivan was a panelist for “Customization: The Key to Best Practices and Unique Approaches When Evaluating Consumer Product Safety” at The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s 2021 annual symposium. The Annual Symposium features sessions that include discussion ... read more

February 16th, 2021

Forbes

David Chidekel Writes on the State of Broadway for Forbes
David Chidekel’s article “Broadway: Broken Or Business As Usual?” was published by Forbes on February 16, 2021. In the article, David discusses the current challenges facing the live theatre industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. David offers his ... read more

February 10th, 2021

Forbes

David Chidekel Writes on the Future of Live Events for Forbes
David Chidekel’s article “The Future Of Live Events: AR, VR, And Advertising” was published by Forbes on February 9, 2021. In the piece, David discusses the impact of the pandemic on the live events industry and takes a look at ... read more

February 9th, 2021

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times Calls On David Chidekel to Comment on the Triller and Universal Music Group Pay Dispute
David Chidekel recently offered insight to Wendy Lee for her Los Angeles Times article “Universal Music Group removes music from streaming app Triller over pay dispute.” The article covers the ongoing pay dispute between Triller and Universal Music Group, causing ... read more

January 28th, 2021

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Writes on “Deplatforming” of Parler, Trump for Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “Amazon And Twitter “Deplatforming” Parler And Trump; Is It Legal?” was published in Forbes on January 28, 2021. In the piece, Bryan discusses the legal questions around First Amendment violations and antitrust claims levied in the wake ... read more

January 21st, 2021

Thomson Reuters

Six Early Sullivan Attorneys Named 2021 Southern California “Super Lawyers”
The firm is pleased to announce that several of its attorneys have been selected by Thomson Reuters as 2021 Southern California “Super Lawyers.” The “Super Lawyers” distinction is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding attorneys, based on peer recognition, ... read more

December 16th, 2020

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times Article on Hollywood Agents, WGA Dispute Features David Chidekel
David Chidekel was recently quoted in Wendy Lee’s Los Angeles Times piece “Why agents are becoming managers as WGA fight drags on,” which describes how many talent agents reevaluating their career choices amid rising tensions over a Writers Guild of ... read more

December 14th, 2020

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California Court Of Appeal Affirms Demurrer Victory Obtained By William Wright on Behalf of First American Title Insurance Company
In Pak v. First American Title Insurance Company, the Court of Appeal has affirmed a demurrer ruling obtained by Early Sullivan for its client First American Title Insurance Company. The Pak case concerned claims for breach of title policy and bad ... read more

December 10th, 2020

Forbes

David Chidekel Writes on Bob Dylan’s Catalog Sale for Forbes
David Chidekel’s article “The Times They Are A-Changin’- Bob Dylan’s Catalog Sale to Universal May Be The Answer That Has Been Blowin’ In The Wind” was recently published in Forbes. In the article, David discusses Bob Dylan’s recent catalog sale ... read more

November 25th, 2020

TheWrap

Bryan Sullivan Speaks to TheWrap About Executive Departures in the Entertainment Industry
TheWrap asked Bryan Sullivan to comment on the entertainment industry’s recent slew of high-ranking executive departures during the pandemic. In Bryan’s opinion, a time of crisis can offer an opportunity to people at that level to “take initiative and responsibility.” ... read more

November 5th, 2020

Early Sullivan Named a 2021 “Best Law Firm” By U.S. News & World Report
Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae has been named a 2021 “Best Law Firm” by the prestigious ranking guide U.S. News & World Report. The firm received national and metropolitan rankings in the practice areas of “Litigation – Intellectual Property”, ... read more

November 4th, 2020

Los Angeles Business Journal

Scott Gizer Named Among Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2020 “Leaders in Law” Nominees
The firm is pleased to note that Scott Gizer was once again selected as a nominee for the Los Angeles Business Journal‘s prestigious “Leaders in Law” list. Each year, the list recognizes the accomplishments of leading attorneys and firms within ... read more

October 27th, 2020

Deadline

Early Sullivan Client Enters Agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment
Early Sullivan client Jeff Friday Media recently entered into an agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment for first access to American Black Film Festival Titles. David Chidekel negotiated the multi-year deal, which will let Sony have first consideration for narrative feature ... read more

October 27th, 2020

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Writes on Legal Issues for Entertainment Production During COVID-19
Bryan Sullivan’s article “Legal Issues For Film/TV Production In The Age of COVID” was published in Forbes on October 27, 2020. In the piece, Bryan discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entertainment industry. He discusses some of the ... read more

Early Sullivan Client Chris Whipple’s New Book Featured by New York Times Book Review
It is always a pleasure to see our clients succeed and recognized for their work. Early Sullivan is proud to represent and support our client Chris Whipple, whose book “The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future” is ... read more

September 14th, 2020

Los Angeles Times

Bryan Sullivan Quoted in Los Angeles Times Article on TikTok, and Trump Administration Executive Orders’ Impact on Employees
Bryan Sullivan was recently quoted in Wendy Lee’s Los Angeles Times article ”’I am part of the collateral damage’: Trump’s TikTok battle creates nightmare for some tech workers.” In the article Wendy discusses some of the problems facing workers for the social media ... read more