Pierre Pine has been practicing law since 2001.  He began his career as an associate with Parker Mills & Patel LLP, handling various complex business litigation matters.  Mr. Pine joined McPherson Rane LLP in September 2006.

Experience:

Mr. Pine has handled numerous complex litigation matters, including copyright infringement, trademark infringement, tortious interference, legal malpractice and breach of contract actions.  He has handled all aspects of civil litigation from inception to trial, and has handled matters in both State and Federal courts in California.  Mr. Pine was responsible for a successful motion for summary judgment granted in favor of all defendants, on all claims, in a multi-million dollar intellectual property case relating to the copyright and trademark rights to the “Eleanor” automobile in the film “Gone In 60 Seconds.”

Since joining McPherson Rane LLP, Mr. Pine has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in various complex entertainment litigation actions, including copyright and trademark infringement disputes, breach of contract actions, and Labor Commission hearings related to the Talent Agencies Act.

Published Articles:

  • You’re Terminated!  Termination and Reversion of Copyright Grants and the Termination Gap Dilemma, Entertainment And Sports Lawyer, Vol. 31, Number 1, May 2014; NYU The Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Blog (June 15, 2014); California Minority Counsel Program E-Newsletter (2014)
  • The Pellican’s Mess – Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Who Hire Private Investigators in the Wake of Pellicano, CLE International “Film & Television Law” seminar materials (2006)
  • Ethics and Entertainment Law: The Essentials, CLE International “Film & Television Law” seminar materials (2004, rev. 2005); 32nd Annual Intellectual Property And Entertainment Law Section Symposium syllabus materials (2009)

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Education:

  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. – 2000
    • Merit Scholarship Recipient, 1997 – 2000
    • Highest Grade in Class: California Civil Procedure – Fall, 1999
    • Studied International Comparative Constitutional Law at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, under Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
    • Highest Grade in Class: Lawyering Skills I (Legal Research & Writing) 1998
    • Best Brief Award, Lawyering Skills I, Spring 1998
  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. Political Science – 1995
    • Political Science & History Study Abroad Program (Academically Selected), Oxford University (Queen’s College),Oxford, England, Summer 1995

Honors:

  • Mr. Pine was selected as a “Southern California Rising Star Attorney” by Southern California Super Lawyers and Los Angeles magazines, in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Executive Board Member – Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section, Secretary 10/15 – 9/16, Vice-Chair 10/16 – 9/17, Senior Chair 10/17 to present
  • Executive Board Member – California Society of Entertainment Lawyers (CSEL)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Business Trial Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California

Previous Law Firms

  • Parker Mills & Patel LLP
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