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O'Melveny Lawyers Named to 2013 Variety Legal Impact ReportApril 16, 2013
O’Melveny & Myers LLP's Century City lawyers Daniel Petrocelli, Robert Schwartz, Bruce Tobey, and Jonathan West were chosen by Variety as lawyers “helping to change the face of entertainment” in the 2013 Legal Impact Report. In an April 16, 2013, special feature, Petrocelli is hailed as “one of the country’s top trial lawyers” and praised for a “landmark victory” for client Warner Bros. in its copyright lawsuit over the iconic Superman character. The article also mentions Petrocelli’s work around trademark rights to the Winnie the Pooh character and legal challenges to the movie The Last Samurai.
Schwartz is recognized for his work with clients Jason West and Vince Zampella, securing a major settlement with their former employer Activision surrounding the Call of Duty video game. The article also mentions Schwartz’s work with Warner Bros. and the CW in a legal dispute surrounding the Smallville series.
The feature credits Tobey’s “deep studio experience” for helping with his successful representation of Sony in its US$200 million contract with Starz. The deal gives the Starz channel exclusive rights to Sony’s movies through 2021.
West is noted for his work with client Warner Bros. Television Group in its purchase of Alloy Entertainment in 2012 and with DreamWorks Animation for its US$155 million buy of Classic Media. He’s also recognized for arranging deals for restaurateur Thomas Keller and working with Jenna Elfman, Rob Lowe, Siegfried & Roy, the estate of Gene Roddenberry, Sundance Institute, Participant Media, Legendary Pictures, MGM, and Open Road.