Pierce Law Group LLP

Daniel B. Lifschitz

Daniel B. Lifschitz

Daniel B. Lifschitz

Daniel B. Lifschitz

Education

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Juris Doctorate
Honors, Entertainment Law

Washington & Jefferson College
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Honors, English/Professional Writing

UCLA Extension
Adjunct Lecturer, Entertainment Studies
"Copyright Law in the Entertainment Industry"

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
USDC, Central District of California

Past Special Appearances:
New York State Court of Appeals

Areas of Practice

Entertainment Law
Intellectual Property
Copyright Law
Privacy Law
Right of Publicity
Internet Law
Defamation
Anti-SLAPP Litigation
Class Actions
Contract Law
Unfair Business Practices

Senior Litigation Associate

Dan Lifschitz is an entertainment litigator who focuses on intellectual property and business disputes, with a particular emphasis on copyright issues. Dan has been involved in some of the nation’s leading music litigation cases, including multiple class action lawsuits against Sirius XM, Pandora, and Spotify, as well as individual lawsuits on behalf of industry figures ranging from Quincy Jones to David Hyman. Prior to joining Pierce Law Group, Dan was an associate at the boutique entertainment litigation firm of Gradstein & Marzano, where he remains Of Counsel, as well as Lowe & Associates, where he helped co-found the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers (“CSEL”), an artists’ rights advocacy organization.

Dan is a graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California, where he was an editor and published author for the International and Comparative Law Review. He graduated with honors in Loyola’s Entertainment Law Concentration, receiving a First Honors Award for the highest grade in his 56-student Copyright Law class and the 2012 Paul Miller Scholarship from the Los Angeles Copyright Society. He also leads the Projects Committee for CSEL and has authored multiple amicus curiae briefs to the Ninth Circuit and United States Supreme Court. His articles on copyright and entertainment law have appeared in publications including the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, Los Angeles Lawyer, Computer & Internet Lawyer, and Techdirt.

Significant Matters

  • Multi-state class action litigation against Sirius XM and Pandora on behalf of Flo & Eddie, two members of 60's rock group The Turtles, for the misappropriation and unlawful exploitation of pre-1972 sound recordings, resulting in a $25 million settlement on behalf of the certified class in California
  • Class action litigation against Spotify concerning the mechanical licensing of musical compositions for its streaming service under Section 115 of the Copyright Act, resulting in a $43 million proposed settlement on behalf of the class in California after certification as interim lead co-counsel
  • Litigation on behalf of iconic music producer Quincy Jones against Michael Jackson’s production company and record label for royalties in connection with Jones' work on Thriller, Bad, and Off The Wall, defeating an adverse motion for summary judgment and preparing the case for trial
  • Litigation on behalf of a famous boxer against a major television studio for right of publicity violations in a television series (settled)
  • Litigation on behalf of the former CEO of a major music streaming company for breach of contract and fraud (settled)
  • Litigation on behalf of the heirs of a famous composer against a television station over the copyright to an iconic theme song (settled)
  • Litigation on behalf of the a nationally-syndicated radio program against a major film studio over the copyrighted music used in a film (settled)
  • Litigation on behalf of an entertainer sued for copyright infringement by a screenwriter, resulting in a favorable dismissal of the case by the district court (settled)
  • Litigation on behalf of the royalty recipients to a well-known Barry White song, resulting in a favorable reversal from the California Court of Appeals (settled)
  • Litigation on behalf of a television producer against her former talent agency and co-producers stemming from a botched reality series (settled)
  • Litigation on behalf of a non-profit organization against a Los Angeles city official in connection with an anti-SLAPP appeal (settled)

Amicus Representation

  • Amicus curiae litigation on behalf of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers in the copyright case of Petrella v. MGM, helping the plaintiff secure a writ of certiorari before the United States Supreme Court and resulting in a 6-3 reversal in the plaintiff’s favor
  • Amicus curiae litigation on behalf of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers in the copyright case of Kirby v. Marvel, helping the plaintiff obtain a favorable settlement of the case while the United States Supreme Court was considering the matter in conference

Honors, Awards, and Activities

Southern California SuperLawyers Rising Star 2016-2018

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. See Daniel Lifschitz’s SuperLawyers listing by clicking here.

Awards

First Honors Award in Copyright Law, Loyola Law School

Paul Miller Scholarship, Los Angeles Copyright Society

Ceisler Pre-Law Award for Professional Writing, Washington & Jefferson College

James Clyde McGregor Prize in Political Science, Washington & Jefferson College

Volunteer Experience
 
Projects Committee Chair of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers

Member of the IP, Internet, & New Media Section, Beverly Hills Bar Association

Sample Publications

  • The 9th Circuit: Hollywood’s Circuit, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (Feb. 29, 2016)
  • Death of Copyright: the Sequel, COMPUTER AND INTERNET LAWYER (Sept. 2012)
  • The ACTA Boondoggle: When IP Harmonization Bites Off More Than It Can Chew, 34 LOY. L.A. INT'L & COMP. L. REV. 197 (2011)

Interests
 
Acoustic guitar, snowboarding, Japanese food/media, being a political junkie