Celeste Brecht and Sarah Cronin are nominees for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards in the Rising Star of the Year category. This year’s Leadership Series and Awards are a three-part virtual symposium and awards event. With the goal of continuing to engage, inform, educate, and inspire, this year’s panelists will cover topics of ongoing importance, from leading through change and mentorship to the road to entrepreneurship and navigating today’s work-life balance demands.
Celeste became an equity partner in 2019, and in 2020 she was named co-chair of Venable's California Litigation Group, which includes 50 attorneys in offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She is also an accomplished first-chair trial lawyer who has led and been a member of multiple trial teams in state and federal courts, has successfully argued before the California Courts of Appeal, and has obtained favorable jury verdicts and results in a variety of administrative forums.
Sarah's practice includes entertainment, intellectual property, insurance recovery, and complex business litigation. She represents and advises media and entertainment companies on a variety of matters, including copyright, trademark, defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, insurance recovery, breach of contract, employment, cyber-piracy, and Internet domain name retrieval through the World Intellectual Property Organization. She has served as counsel in connection with disputes before the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Title Registration Bureau and appeared before a variety of state and federal courts.