O’Melveny Partner Daniel Petrocelli Named a “Legal Legend” by The Hollywood ReporterApril 24, 2023
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CENTURY CITY—April 24, 2023—O’Melveny partner and Trial Practice chair Daniel Petrocelli has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s list of “Legal Legends,” a supplemental special feature of the publication’s annual “Power Lawyers” list that “honors entertainment attorneys whose career achievements and contributions to the industry are extraordinary.”
Each year, The Hollywood Reporter inducts a new group of attorneys to its “Legal Legends” list, and those selected retain the title for life.
The Hollywood Reporter lauded Petrocelli, who serves as a vice chair of O’Melveny, for his work in an array of headline-making cases throughout his career, including representing:
- the father of Ronald Goldman in a successful civil suit against O.J. Simpson;
- Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling against fraud and insider trading charges;
- Warner Bros. in defending rights to the Superman franchise;
- Disney in defending rights to the Winnie the Pooh franchise;
- Marvel in defending rights to iconic Marvel characters;
- Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kesha in defending claims by producer she accused of sexual misconduct;
- Sirius XM in claims regarding public performance rights to sound recordings;
- Global Music Rights in antitrust litigation regarding performance rights organizations;
The Hollywood Reporter also recognized Petrocelli’s representation of AT&T and Time Warner to defend the companies’ historic US$85.4 billion merger against the US Department of Justice’s lawsuit to block the merger. Arguing that the government’s theory ignored “meaningful real-world evidence,” Petrocelli convinced the judge overseeing the case that the merger would benefit consumers and competition in the media industry.
“I’ve litigated just about every kind of significant area: trademarks, securities, mass tort, criminal, insurance, construction, patent, antitrust, and pretty much any kind of entertainment case,” Petrocelli said. “I’ve always eschewed the ‘Hollywood lawyer’ moniker because I never wanted to be branded as such. I always wanted to be considered a lawyer and litigator of all types.” He noted that arguing a case before the US Supreme Court is the last item on his legal bucket list.
Petrocelli’s full “Legal Legends” profile can be found here.
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