Daniel B. Lifschitz

Daniel B. Lifschitz
Email: dlifschitz@jjllplaw.com

Daniel B. Lifschitz is an associate at Johnson & Johnson LLP, where he focuses on entertainment, intellectual property, and business litigation matters. Mr. Lifschitz has participated in numerous high-profile entertainment industry cases on behalf of parties ranging from Quincy Jones to Flo & Eddie of The Turtles, including as part of class actions. He has also participated in various copyright matters on behalf of amicus curiae (“friends of the court”), including the 2013 United States Supreme Court case of Petrella v. MGM that resolved in a multi-circuit split over the application of laches to copyright claims.

Mr. Lifschitz received his B.A. in English and Political Science from Washington & Jefferson College and his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. While at Loyola, he served as an editor on the school’s International and Comparative Law Review, where his published article on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement served as the basis for a joint symposium with the Entertainment Law Review, attracting distinguished scholars from around the country to participate. He graduated with honors from Loyola’s Entertainment Law Concentration, earning the top grade in his 56-student Copyright Law course, as well as receiving the 2012 Paul Miller Scholarship from the Los Angeles Copyright Society

Mr. Lifschitz teaches entertainment law at UCLA Extension and has written numerous articles on legal issues about entertainment litigation for a variety of publications, include the Los Aneles Daily Journal, Los Angeles Lawyer, the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section, and the Computer & Internet Lawyer. He has also participated in the lobbying efforts of the California Conference of Bar Associations, helping to shepherd multiple proposed amendments to California’s anti-SLAPP law through to passage by the full Conference.

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
    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 settlement on behalf of the class after certification as interim lead co-counsel
  • Represented 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 leading to a $9.4 million jury verdict in Jones’ favor
  • Negotiated a settlement on behalf of a famous boxer against a major television studio for right of publicity violations in a television series
  • Litigation on behalf of the founder and former CEO of a major music streaming company for breach of contract and fraud
  • Litigation for the heirs of a famous composer against a television station over the copyright to an iconic theme song
  • Represented a nationally-syndicated radio program in litigation against a film studio over the copyrighted music used in a film
  • Litigation for an entertainer sued for copyright infringement by a screenwriter, resulting in a favorable dismissal of the case by the District Court
  • 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
  • Represented television producer in litigation against her former talent agency and a celebrity production studio stemming from a botched reality series
  • Litigation for a non-profit organization against a Los Angeles city official in connection with an anti-SLAPP appeal

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

  • Selected as a Southern California SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • First Honors Award in Copyright Law, Loyola Law School
  • First Honors Award in Negotiation, Loyola Law School2012 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
  • Former Projects Committee Chair of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers

Bar Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit