About the Authors

Sofia Aguilar is an associate in Greenberg Glusker’s Litigation Group. Ms. Aguilar’s practice includes a variety of litigation cases in the areas of employment, business, entertainment, and real estate.

While at UCLA School of Law, Sofia served as a managing editor of the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal. Sofia also completed internships with the San Diego County Counsel’s Office and with the Office of the General Counsel of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Prior to attending law school, Sofia worked for the City of San Diego’s Mayor’s Office as a Council Representative.

Rachel Wilkes Barchie’s litigation practice covers a wide range of employment, intellectual property, and general business matters. Ms. Barchie defends employers against wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, and wage and hour claims. She also prosecutes and defends cases for copyright and trademark infringement, breach of contract, fraud, and business torts. Ms. Barchie has also successfully prosectured real estate cases involving claims for commercial unlawful detainer, construction defect, fraudulent conveyance, and breach of lease.

In addition, Ms. Barchie dedicates a significant amount of time to pro bono and community work. She is a member of Greenberg Glusker’s pro bono committee and currently leads a team of Greenberg Glusker attorneys who take turns presenting a monthly workshop and clinic to litigants in Small Claims Court, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Bet Tzedek, and Southwestern Law School. Previously, Ms. Barchie successfully represented a transgender person from Mexico seeking asylum. Ms. Barchie is also Vice President of the Board of Directors of Break the Cycle, the leading national nonprofit addressing teen dating violence.

Law Law Land is administered by Brian Berman, a Greenberg Glusker estate planning attorney whose practice focuses on advising high net worth individuals and families on issues involving tax planning, wealth transfer, business succession, non-profit organizations and post-death trust administration. Brian is an internet entrepreneur and programmer who wandered into law school, liked what he heard and stayed a while. Brian lends his technical talents to Law Law Land to ensure that it stays up and running smoothly. You can also find Brian guest posting on Law Law Land, which the editorial staff allows only because he can bring down the site with a single keystroke if they don’t allow it.

Aaron Bloom solves problems. He is practical, efficient and achieves great results both inside the courtroom and through informal settlements.

Mr. Bloom handles a variety of litigation matters in the areas of real property, business and contract disputes, entertainment law and intellectual property. He is also one of the Firm’s resident experts in the fields of electronic discovery, the enforcement of judgments, landlord-tenant law and homeowner association disputes.

Amber Burroff is a litigation associate at Greenberg Glusker with a focus in entertainment and media. Amber also specializes in business litigation and bankruptcy matters.

Amber joined the firm in 2011 after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Ernest M. Robles of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. During her tenure at the court, Judge Robles facilitated the reorganization of multiple major entertainment and real estate companies.

Before her clerkship, she served on the Board of the Ecology Law Quarterly at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). While at Boalt, Amber worked as a research assistant to Professor Peter S. Menell, Faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, where she had the opportunity to assist in the preparation of articles on cutting-edge intellectual property issues. She also completed an externship with the Honorable Robin L. Riblet of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Prior to law school, Amber earned her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University where she studied the integration of theatre performance techniques with trial skills. She spent several years performing in regional theaters and in independent films, with favorite roles including Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Denise Savage in John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo.

Ricardo Cestero represents a diverse group of clients in entertainment, real estate and business disputes. Mr. Cestero has particular expertise in First Amendment issues, such as defamation and restraint of speech, as well as extensive experience handling motion picture and television production and distribution disputes.

Matt Falley represents individuals and companies in the real estate and entertainment industries in various commercial disputes.

Aaron Gafni represents clients in a wide variety of general corporate and transactional matters, ranging from entity formation and initial capitalization to private equity financing and mergers and acquisitions. He advises entrepreneurs, start-ups and middle market companies across a broad range of business sectors, including internet, entertainment, consumer goods and clean tech.

Aaron also advises clients regarding bankruptcy related matters, including the minimization of financial risk pre-bankruptcy, the prosecution of claims in bankruptcy, and the defense of preference actions or other adversary proceedings. In addition, he has represented a number of private foundations in the formation, structuring and qualification of non-profit 501(c)(3) corporations.

Matt Galsor represents actors, directors, writers, and producers in their dealings with studios, networks, and production companies. In addition to established A talent, Mr. Galsor’s practice includes a talented group of up-and-coming artists.

Julia Haye has a diverse litigation practice in which she handles a variety of entertainment, intellectual property and general business matters.

Ms. Haye has successfully handled matters involving claims for copyright and trademark infringement, right of publicity, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract and fraud. Julia has also handled a number of matters involving complex partnership and shareholder disputes.

Jeff Krieger is a business lawyer specializing in bankruptcy related matters. He specializes in advising clients in minimizing financial risk when entering into a variety of types of agreements, including loan agreements, purchase and sale agreements, joint venture agreements, and settlement agreements. He also creates solutions for clients who have already entered into transactions with troubled companies, including representing them in proceedings before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Krieger also represents investors who are purchasing stock in private companies or acquiring assets both in and outside of bankruptcy proceedings.

Wendy E. Lane focuses on business and employment counseling, litigation, and dispute resolution. Wendy has considerable experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in employment litigation involving claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliatory discharge and wrongful discharge, as well as drafting employment handbooks and advising employers on employment issues. She also has represented clients in actions for breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition and unfair business practices, trademark infringement, civil conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duties, wrongful death/toxic torts and claims arising from the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.

Wendy has significant experience in child advocacy and family law. She authored the first edition of a manual on adoption law used by pro bono attorneys and law students in finalizing adoptions of dependent children throughout Los Angeles. An advocate of children’s rights, Wendy has dedicated substantial time as a volunteer and intern with various social service agencies and non-profit, charitable organizations.

Stefanie J. Lipson is an associate in Greenberg Glusker’s Family Wealth Planning Group. Ms. Lipson’s practice focuses on comprehensive estate planning for high net worth individuals, family business succession planning, probate and trust administration and the law of tax-exempt organizations.

Ms. Lipson works closely with each client to design and implement responsible, tax-efficient wealth transfer solutions structured to meet the client’s individual goals.

James Molen’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property, entertainment, and general business litigation.

Law Law Land’s Seven Second Delay button is manned by a woman, Elisabeth Moriarty, a Greenberg Glusker lawyer who specializes in litigating high profile disputes involving profit participation, motion picture production and distribution, rights ownership, copyright and trademark infringement, and other entertainment-related conflicts. Far from being the Will H. Hays of our blog, Elisabeth embraces wince-inducing puns, edgy links and the occasional potty joke, particularly in her own posts. She helps maintain Law Law Land’s integrity through her hypnotic powers of persuasion and her recognition that our readers don’t want tuna with good taste; they want tuna that tastes good.

Law Law Land was co-founded by Aaron Moss, whose repeated attempts to cash out his shares in the fledgling enterprise and retire to Costa Rica have so far proven unsuccessful. As a result, he continues to contribute to and supervise the blog, which generally consists of reminding Ken to be funny but not in a way that gets the firm sued. In his spare time, Aaron serves as the Chair of Greenberg Glusker’s Litigation Group, where he handles a variety of entertainment litigation matters, often involving copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property.

Dan Nabel represents individuals, partnerships and companies of all sizes in federal and state court, in mediations, and before arbitration tribunals. His practice focuses primarily on real estate, entertainment and business disputes.

Bernard M. (Bernie) Resser is a seasoned and accomplished trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor. He applies experience gained over 30 years and uses cutting-edge technology to deliver winning results for a diverse and sophisticated business clientele.

Bernie’s client-centered approach achieves successful resolution of disputes as quickly as possible through strategic motions and mediations and, when necessary, trials and appeals. His litigation practice encompasses business disputes involving corporate, real estate, intellectual property, commercial, and unfair competition matters across many industries.

Bernie’s effective use of state-of-the-art trial presentation techniques has been featured in the National Law Journal and the Law.com. Successes achieved for his clients have been reported in the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Bernie’s consistently strong performance is reflected in his preeminent (AV 5.0 out of 5) peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Also, he has been recognized as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation every year since 2005, as published in Los Angeles Magazine and the New York Times.

Bernie grew up and attended high school, college, and law school in Los Angeles. He is active in the community, having served on the boards and as an officer of non-profit organizations, including as president. Bernie and his wife of over 30 years have two adult children. He enjoys golf, gardening and Lakers games.

Megan Rivetti is an associate in Greenberg Glusker’s Litigation Group.

Jesse Saivar specializes in intellectual property matters specifically related to the entertainment industry, including copyright, trademark, and domain name/website issues, as well as the negotiation and drafting of entertainment industry contracts.

Stephen Smith’s practice focuses on representing entertainment companies in the motion picture, television and interactive gaming industries, and real estate development companies, as defendants or plaintiffs, and providing those companies with legal counseling related to all aspects of their businesses.

Mr. Smith also serves as outside employment counsel to small and medium-size companies in Southern California. He is a member of Greenberg Glusker’s five-member Management Committee.

Steven Stein is a litigation associate at Greenberg Glusker. Steven joined the firm after clerking for Judge Stephen Higginson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. At law school, Steven served as the Executive Articles Editor of the University of Southern California Law Review. Before law school, Steven worked as a journalist, writing editorials for The Washington Post. – See more at: http://www.greenbergglusker.com/people/attorneys/stein-s#sthash.WowMA3LJ.dpuf

Rachel Valadez’s practice focuses on entertainment and media litigation, with particular emphasis in profit participation, the videogaming industry, and general intellectual property and contract disputes. Rachel has experience in all phases of litigation as well as providing her clients with legal counseling related to all aspects of their businesses.

Lori Werderitch is experienced in representing plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of litigation in state and federal courts nationwide. Her practice includes pre-litigation counseling, law and motion, management of discovery, alternative dispute resolution, enforcement of judgments, and appeals, in the areas of general commercial, employment, entertainment, environmental, intellectual property, and real estate litigation.

Lori’s experience includes representing and advising Los Angeles World Airports concerning labor law regulations and the negotiation of its tenancy contracts; appearing before the California Labor Commissioner; facilitating favorable settlement terms in employment disputes on behalf of defendant employers; advising national corporations on environmental regulatory compliance, including Proposition 65 and CEQA; negotiating with local governments regarding the clean-up and remediation of a CERCLA site; and, representing studios in participation matters and before the International Film & Television Alliance.

Her appellate practice includes the California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as a successful opposition to writ of certiorari submitted on behalf of an international internet search engine to the Supreme Court of Georgia.

During law school, Lori served as a Senior Fellow for the Legal Research and Writing Program, a national competitor for the Moot Court Appellate Team and as a member of the Moot Court Board. Lori also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Prior to joining Greenberg Glusker, Lori worked as an associate for a large Los Angeles-based firm. She and her husband reside in West Los Angeles with their dogs, Jaime and Sawyer.

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