Steven Stiglitz joined Stris & Maher as Counsel in 2018. Mr. Stiglitz is a seasoned business litigator with more than 15 years of practice, and has tried and arbitrated a number of cases through judgment or final award.
Mr. Stiglitz was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine several years in a row, an honor reserved for only 2.5% of California’s lawyers, and has become a go-to lawyer in in the areas of business, intellectual property, trade secret, internet, and entertainment disputes. In the field of internet law, his clients have included Google, Penske Media, Oversee.net, and Roommates.com. The substantive disputes he has litigated in the field span from cybersquatting to copying of website source code to defamation, and even alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act. As a result of work in this field, Mr. Stiglitz prepared and presented a continuing legal education seminar relating to impersonation and defamation on the Internet to top entertainment law boutiques across Los Angeles. In the field of entertainment law, his clients have included United Talent Agency, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Estate of Elvis Presley, a variety of independent production companies including Tollin/Robbins Productions and Xenon Productions, as well as high-profile artists like Kenya Barris and Michael Carbonaro. He has litigated disputes that include profit participation audits, “idea submission” and copyright infringement cases, professional licensing matters under the Talent Agencies Act, and disputes relating to the scope of parties’ rights under various types of production, distribution, and licensing agreements.
Prior to joining Stris & Maher, Mr. Stiglitz litigated for more than eight years at Freedman + Taitelman LLP and for more than six years at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as the Notes Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He received his B.A., with distinction, in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Stiglitz also serves as a member of the regional board of advisors of Read to a Child (formerly known as EverybodyWins), a national non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged elementary school children with literacy skills.
Mr. Stiglitz represents individuals and companies in all phases of litigation and arbitration, from inception through trial and appeal.
Won a bench trial, and affirmance on appeal, in a contract dispute relating to the breakup of a proposed purchase of a shopping center. Served as first chair at the appellate stage and second chair at the trial stage, obtaining a final judgment of virtually all damages sought plus all claimed attorneys’ fees.
Neilmed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Basa, et al.
After successfully second chairing an arbitration in which his client’s former employee was found liable for breaching contractual and fiduciary duties to the company, in connection with work for a competitor, obtained a permanent injunction against his client’s former employee.
The Lipoderm Institute Inc., et al. v. MCOA Holdings, LLC, et al.
Obtained a favorable statement of decision on an issue of corporate governance under Delaware law, after second chairing the bench trial on that issue, leading to an excellent resolution of the case.
In a matter of first impression before the California Labor Commissioner, first chaired the evidentiary hearing and prevailed, obtaining an award that Billboard magazine billed as one that would “shake up the music industry.”
United Talent Agency, Inc. v. Sonnenfeld
Prevailed in an arbitration of a novel issue of law relating to the custom and practice for talent agencies to commission certain income after the termination of representation. Second chaired the proceeding and obtained and collected a judgment for all commissions that Director Barry Sonnenfeld owed to United Talent Agency in connection with the motion picture MIB III.
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