- Hobbies: Allen practices Iyengar yoga, plays guitar, sings in a choir, sees an average of 75 movies a year (all in the theater, no Netflix), and still reads Avenger and X Men comic books.
- Top 5 Favorite TV Series: Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks, Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, and Six Feet Under.
- Top 5 Authors: William Faulkner, Thomas Hardy, Mihkail Bulgakov, Frank Herbert, and Fyodor Dostoevsky.
With three decades of experience, Allen Grodsky is a seasoned attorney focused on litigation in the fields of business, entertainment, and intellectual property. He has represented all kinds of talent in the entertainment industry, including actors, singers, composers, writers, directors, and producers, as well as companies in varied industries, including fashion, toy, cosmetics, comic book, and health care. Allen’s cases cover a broad spectrum of issues including copyright and trademark infringement, right of publicity, breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, false advertising, defamation, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, bad faith, violation of the Talent Agencies Act, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Allen has shared his extensive knowledge of intellectual property and entertainment litigation issues through numerous articles, interviews and speaking engagements. His insights have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Law360, and California Lawyer. Allen has spoken at numerous seminars for organizations including the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Media District Bar Association, and the Practicing Law Institute. He served for four years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
Allen received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1983. He clerked for the Honorable Thomas G. Gee of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is married to a psychotherapist, has a son who is a cellist and composer, and has a number of cats who basically lie around all day and do nothing.
- University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1983
- University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A. in Russian Language and Literature, 1980
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Martindale–Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
Intellectual Property Litigation
- Obtained summary judgment in a multimillion copyright infringement case on behalf of the owner of the copyright to Julius the Monkey.
- Represented the owner of the Russian Arm™ remote-operated camera crane (used in car commercials and high speed chase scenes in action movies) and obtained an arbitration award on a trademark infringement claim, including, injunctive relief, damages, and attorney’s fees.
- Acquired partial summary judgment for liability on a trade dress infringement claim involving plush toys, leading to settlement of the case.
- Secured complete defense award and was awarded attorney’s fees in arbitration over profits to the Twilight franchise.
- Obtained defense judgment for band against manager in case that was affirmed in a published Court of Appeal opinion that provided a landmark interpretation of the Talent Agencies Act.
- Attained defense award in arbitration of defamation claim brought by an actress formerly appearing on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air television series who accused an actor on the show of making false statements about why she was fired.
- Obtained defense award in arbitration by a manager against his former musician client for a percentage of a major record deal the musician obtained.
- Acquired permanent injunction in favor of music industry producer against defendant who was falsely impersonating him, and in so doing, was defrauding musicians who were paying him to “produce” their music.
- Won defense award in arbitration of retaliation and religious discrimination claims brought by headmaster of high profile celebrity-owned private school who claimed to have been fired for religious reasons.
- Park v. Deftones, 71 Cal. App. 4th 1465 (1999)
- Co-Author: "Wage & Hour Spotlight: Personal Assistants in the Entertainment Industry," California Lawyer, December 9, 2016
- Author: "Music In Politics — Copyright And Lanham Act In The Mix" Law 360, June 29, 2015
- Author: "What 'Jersey Boys' Case Tells Us About Copyright Law" Law 360, March 11, 2015
- Author: “The ‘Twiharder’ Saga: criticism or copying?” Daily Journal, March 27, 2014
- Expert Commentary: “Warner Bros. sues 'Harry Potter'-themed store Whimsic Alley,” Los Angeles Times, October 22, 2013
- Author: “How To Use IP Law To Protect Famous Animals,” Law360, August 12, 2013
- Author: “Drafting Around Good Faith,” California Lawyer, July 2013
- Author: “Time to roll back the mediation privilege,” Daily Journal, March 29, 2013
- Author: “4 factors courts consider when deciding on fair use,” Inside Counsel, June 7, 2012
- Author: "Making It Personal," Los Angeles Lawyer, December, 2004
- Author: "Grin and Bear It: Litigating An Infringement Claim Involving Plush Toys," 29 New Matter 3, 2004
- Author: "Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law," 27 Tort and Insurance Law Journal 310
- Author: "Intellectual Property Law: New Developments," 25 Tort and Insurance Law Journal 329
- Co-Author: "Oh World! World! World! Thus is the Poor Agent Despised: Open Questions Concerning the Who, What and When of California's Talent Agencies Act," Texas Entertainment & Sports Journal, 2002
- Co-Author: "This Song's Got No Title Just Words and a Tune: Protection of Song Titles Under the Lanham Act," Entertainment & Sports Lawyer, 2001
- Co-Author: "Antitrust," Chapter 5, Competitive Business Practices, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1991