David Marroso


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David is a nationally renowned litigator who has represented clients across industries. Over two decades, David has earned victories and settlements in antitrust, contract, copyright and trademark, defamation, environmental, ERISA, insurance, interference, labor and employment, profit participation and royalty, international tax, and white collar criminal defense matters.

Benchmark Litigation recognizes David as a “Litigation Star,” while Chambers USA refers to him as a go-to lawyer for commercial litigation. Named to Variety’s Legal Impact Report, David is among the “legal eagles” who have “litigated thorny disputes for entertainment industry clients, studios and networks.”

Honors & Awards

  • Named to Top Music Lawyers List by Billboard (2022)
  • Named to Variety’s Legal Impact Report (2019, 2020)
  • Named a Local Litigation Star for General Commercial, and Media & Entertainment by Benchmark Litigation (2019-2022)
  • Ranked by Chambers USA for Media & Entertainment: Litigation (2021) and named a “Recognized Practitioner” for Litigation: General Commercial in California (2018)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 US for his work in the Sports Industry (2017 & 2020-2021); and in Media and Entertainment: Litigation (2022)


Bar Admissions

  • California 

Court Admissions

  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • US District Court, Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2000: magna cum laude
  • University of Nevada at Reno, B.S., Criminal Justice, 1996: magna cum laude

Professional Activities


  • Honorable Stephen S. Trott, US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • US Department of Defense (1998)


  • “Advocacy or Extortion? It Depends on the Court,” The Recorder (March 22, 2022) (with Emma Lux)
  • Stars, Paparazzi, and the Puzzling Law of Copyrights,” IPWatchdog (November 22, 2021) (with Megan Smith)
  • “Music Modernization Act Gets New Year Update,” Daily Journal (December 24, 2020) (with Daniel Cooper)
  • “Caution, Preclusion Ahead: The New TTAB Landscape,” Law360 (September 21, 2018) (with Megan Smith) 
  • “Top Rank’s Victory Helps Firms Protect Exclusivity Provisions,” SportsBusiness Journal (August 24-30, 2009)

Entertainment and Media

  • Global Music Rights, the first new music performance rights organization in 80 years, in precedent-setting antitrust litigation against the Radio Music Licensing Committee and copyright infringement matters
  • The Walt Disney Company in profit participation, First Amendment and defamation disputes
  • Movie theater giant AMC Entertainment in a $200 million lawsuit concerning the technology behind buying movie tickets online
  • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association in trial and appeal concerning the production and distribution rights to the Golden Globes
  • Miramax Films in a royalty and accounting dispute involving a portfolio of popular motion pictures
  • Motown Records and founder Berry Gordy in successful malicious prosecution and royalty dispute lawsuit against former Motown songwriters and producers
  • Rimrock Capital in connection with accounting and royalty disputes
  • Sony Pictures in a credit and rights dispute concerning the movie “Spider-Man”
  • Colorado detective and author Steve Thomas in a libel lawsuit brought by the family of JonBenet Ramsey
  • TOKYOPOP, Inc., one of the world's top producers of anime, in successful arbitration against primary distributor for breach of contract and fraud
  • Italian moviemaker Vittorio Cecchi Gori in a high-profile “palimony” case
  • The Weinstein Company on various disputes concerning economics and credit rights to popular films


  • Boxing promoter Top Rank, Inc. in broadcast, site, and co-promotional agreements and disputes ranging from breach of contract to defamation to copyright, as well as a precedent-setting class action involving the 2015 “Fight of the Century” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather
  • Numerous boxers and mixed martial artists, including Manny Pacquiao, Antonio “the Tijuana Tornado” Margarito, Miguel Angel Cotto, and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley in contract and regulatory matters before State Athletic Commissions
  • Major League baseball player in business dispute with music agent
  • Obtained dismissal in favor of the famed Madison Square Garden in a highly-publicized lawsuit brought by a boxer who was severely injured while participating in about at “The Garden”
  • Successfully appealed doping suspension imposed on gold-medal Korean badminton player
  • HBO in disputes concerning the broadcast of championship fights

Intellectual Property 

  • Intellectual Property owner ThreeSixty Brands Group in contract and trademark lawsuits in the Southern District of New York
  • Fortune 500 land development company, Lennar Corp. in a trademark trial in federal court in Seattle
  • ABC, Inc., in a first-of-its-kind copyright class action involving the use of music on daytime television
  • DGE Entertainment in various intellectual property matters
  • International apparel juggernaut Guess? Inc. in multiple trademark matters, including as trial lawyer in a federal trademark lawsuit in the Southern District of New York brought by Gucci and in an arbitration against former licensees of the “Baby Guess” line
  • Chinese manufacturing giant Midea in intellectual property and breach of contract dispute against a domestic distributor of products
  • Sirius XM satellite in lawsuits about a claimed performance right for sound recordings made before 1972


  • Global agricultural giant, Agrium, Inc. in a $100+ million breach of contract and interference lawsuit involving “organic” fertilizer 
  • Colony Capital and portfolio companies in matters ranging from a tax investigation in Sardinia to ERISA claims related to sale of an investment in a gaming property 
  • Hotelier Sam Nazarian and his company sbe in various matters related to financing, debts and litigation disputes 


  • Lennar Corp. in high-profile regulatory, litigation, and environmental matters concerning the development of the former Naval Base at Hunters Point in Northern California
  • ACE Insurance in separate coverage matters originating from environmental contamination at California sites
  • Agrium, Inc. in connection with environmental monitoring and cleanup and cost recovery actions in the Western United States

Real Estate

  • Real estate consultant The Townsend Group in a contract and fiduciary duty lawsuit in Texas State Court filed by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System
  • Lennar Corp. in multiple matters including winning a $1 billion jury verdict in Florida, a complete defense of two separate $200 million lawsuits in California, and in a $250 million land acquisition dispute in Maryland
  • Sam Nazarian and sbe in matters related to purchase and sale of interests in real estate


  • Represent several national employers in labor and employment class actions
  • Lead lawyer in internal investigations concerning allegations of executive misconduct


  • Amylin Pharmaceuticals in sweeping class action filed concerning groundbreaking insulin medication Byetta
  • Pharmaceutical service provider Omnicare in a dispute related to its acquisition of major California distributor of medications


  • Jeffrey Skilling, the former CEO of Enron, in his criminal trial, at sentencing, and on appeal
  • City of Redondo Beach in obtaining a conviction in a week-long criminal jury trial
  • The Marciano Brothers, the founders of Guess, in prosecuting a scheme involving a Ponzi scheme of wine futures