Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles
Columbia College Chicago
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
State Bar of California
USDC, Central District of California
Areas of Practice
John R. Baldivia is a litigation attorney at Pierce Law Group LLP and has worked on all stages of civil litigation involving entertainment, intellectual property, and labor & employment. John brings to the team a wealth of knowledge in copyright litigation, intellectual property, as well as music industry custom and practice. John has won numerous motions and successfully negotiated favorable settlements for plaintiffs in both copyright disputes and labor & employment matters.
Prior to joining Pierce Law Group LLP, John practiced in copyright litigation for the plaintiff side. He comes from a background as a music industry professional, having worked 10 years in digital content for both major label and independent music distribution. John completed his J.D. at Southwestern Law School’s evening program while working full time in the music industry. John has served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Michael R. Wilner with the U.S. Court in Central District of California, where he researched and reviewed extensive case materials in state habeas actions. He served as staff for the Southwestern Journal of International Law, where he published an article on the music industry in China.
John received his undergraduate degree in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management at Columbia College Chicago with a 3.9 gpa. He is presently an active member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association in the Entertainment Law section and the Southwestern Nickel Alumni Club.
Honors, Awards, and Activities
Staff, Southwestern Journal of International Law 2014-2015
Dean’s Merit Award
Recipient in 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016
Dean’s Recognition for Pro Bono Public Service in 2016 for his work with Federal Magistrate Judge Michael R. Wilner and
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana
A Stream of Hope: Why Music Streaming Licenses Will Turn Around China’s Music Industry in Spite of the Rampant
Piracy of Music. 22(1) SW. J. INT’L L. (2016).
John is a guitar player, music producer, singer, songwriter, dog owner, proud husband and father.