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Jeffrey D. Goldman

Partner, Entertainment Litigation Group Chair
JGoldman@jmbm.com
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Known as a “high-powered intellectual property litigator” (Daily Journal, 1/8/2015) and a “key figure in numerous high-stakes intellectual property fights,” he is one of 15 attorneys to be named one of California’s top intellectual property litigators in each of the past six years by the Daily Journal. He has also been listed among 100 of the nation’s top copyright litigators by Legal 500. His intellectual property clients have included all of the world’s largest record companies and music publishing companies, and the world’s largest technology company, beverage company, and electrical supply company. He has litigated intellectual property cases against the world’s largest airline, search engine, toy company, and e-commerce retailer, as well as against some of the world’s largest drug companies, automakers, and entertainment conglomerates. His cases have figured prominently in the development of modern intellectual property law, resulting in more than 100 published judicial decisions, which have been cited in more than 10,000 other judicial decisions. 

Honored by Variety in 2015 as one of the nation’s 22 premier entertainment litigators, Jeff is recognized for having handled “some of the most complex copyright cases in the entertainment industry.” For his success in the Napster copyright infringement case, he was awarded an Honorary Gold Record by the Recording Industry Association of America, among only a handful of litigators to receive such an honor. In 2016, representing ten music companies, Jeff “navigated the complexities of international air travel to score a summary judgment ruling” finding a content service provider liable for over 4,500 counts of willful copyright infringement. Also in 2016, representing the world’s largest record company, Jeff resolved the five-year “massive” class action “legal firestorm” surrounding digital download royalties, successfully concluding “an important chapter in the legal history of the music business.” Jeff has also represented many iconic celebrities and entertainment industry figures, such as Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Robert Altman, Spike Lee, Stephen Stills, Pearl Jam, Timbaland, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe.

Jeff has particular experience in the music industry. He has litigated hundreds of cases for music clients, involving artists and songwriters such as the Beatles, Michael Jackson, U2, Stevie Wonder, Prince, NirvanaJames Brown, Tupac Shakur, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, the Allman Brothers Band, Beck, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Blink-182, Michael Bolton, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Sonny Bono, Cher, George Clinton, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Willie Dixon, Eazy-E, Eric B. & Rakim, Peter Frampton, Nelly Furtado, Marvin Gaye, Ice-T, Rick James, Juvenile, Hubert Laws, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Lil Wayne, Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Olivia Newton-John, Parliament/Funkadelic, Public Enemy, Jenni Rivera, Salt-N-Pepa, Smashing Pumpkins, Styx, the Temptations, Three Dog Night, Whitesnake, Rob Zombie, and many others.  

With decades of experience as a general civil litigator, Jeff has been named a Southern California “SuperLawyer” (recognizing the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys) for thirteen consecutive years (2004-2016) by Thomson/Reuters. He represents his clients in all types of litigation, including class action defense, complex contract and business disputes, defamation matters, antitrust claims, and appeals. He was also a member of the litigation team that proved O.J. Simpson’s responsibility for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman (no relation), obtaining a $33.5 million damage award.

Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1991

B.A., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California