Jeffrey D. GoldmanPartner, Entertainment Litigation Group Chair
Jeff litigates intellectual property, entertainment, and business cases.
Intellectual Property. Known as a “high-powered intellectual property litigator” (Daily Journal, 1/8/2015) and a “key figure in numerous high-stakes intellectual property fights,” Jeff is one of 12 attorneys (four in Los Angeles) to be named one of California’s top intellectual property litigators in each of the past seven 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, beer companies, automakers, and entertainment conglomerates. He has also prosecuted large-scale anti-piracy actions involving both digital and physical goods. 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. In 2016, representing ten music companies, he “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.
Entertainment. Noted for handling “some of the most complex copyright cases in the entertainment industry,” Jeff was honored by Variety in 2015 as one of the nation’s 22 premier entertainment litigators, and was awarded an Honorary Gold Record by the Recording Industry Association of America for his success in the Napster case, among only a handful of litigators to receive such an honor. He has represented prominent motion picture studios, sports leagues, record labels, music publishers, athletes (Muhammad Ali, Jim “The Ultimate Warrior” Hellwig), actors (Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman), directors (Spike Lee, Robert Altman), recording artists (Eminem, Pearl Jam, Stephen Stills), and music producers (Dr. Dre, Timbaland). In 2016, representing the world’s largest record company, he successfully resolved the five-year “massive” class action “legal firestorm” concerning digital download royalties, concluding what the Hollywood Reporter called “an important chapter in the legal history of the music business.”
Jeff has particular experience in the music industry. Recognized as “a veteran of high-stakes music industry skirmishes” (Daily Journal, 8/17/2016), he has litigated hundreds of music copyright, trademark, and contract disputes involving more than 25 Billboard #1 records, and artists and songwriters such as The Beatles, Michael Jackson, U2, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Nirvana, Tupac Shakur, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, The Allman Brothers Band, Beck, Beyonce, Blink-182, Michael Bolton, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Cher, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Steve Cropper, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Willie Dixon, Eazy-E, Eric B. & Rakim, Peter Frampton, Nelly Furtado, Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Ice-T, Rick James, Hubert Laws, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Courtney Love, Ludacris, Marilyn Manson, Olivia Newton-John, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Public Enemy, Jenni Rivera, Salt-N-Pepa, Styx, The Temptations, Whitesnake, Bill Withers, and Rob Zombie.
Business. With 25 years of experience as a civil litigator, Jeff has been named a Southern California “SuperLawyer” (recognizing the top 5% 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 and unfair competition cases, 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).
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1991
B.A., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988
Bar AdmissionsState 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