Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1999
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1996

Memberships

  • Board of Directors – Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

    Member – The Chancery Club of Los Angeles

    Board of Directors – Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California

    Chair – Jewish Federation of Los Angeles Legal Division

    Board of Trustees – Junior Statesmen Foundation

    National Young Leadership Cabinet – The Jewish Federations of North America

    Judge Pro Tempore, Los Angeles County Superior Court
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Alex M. Weingarten

Partner

Alex Weingarten is a partner in Venable's Commercial Litigation Group with over 19 years of trial experience.

Alex represents clients in all facets of entertainment, probate and business litigation. He has significant experience trying matters in the fields of entertainment, probate, business and intellectual property litigation, and has handled matters of significant depth and sophistication in the areas of media, corporate, real estate, finance, and bankruptcy litigation across the nation. He does not merely litigate cases and settle – with a strong track record of picking juries and winning verdicts. Clients look to Alex to handle "bet the company" cases, to protect their integrity during the very public litigation process, to provide a fresh approach and to suggest novel and overlooked strategies. He is aggressive to optimize results and prides himself on finding the most direct route to victory. Sometimes that means finding a creative solution around a difficult problem. Sometimes it means bowling through it.

The California Daily Journal honored Alex as one of the Top 20 Lawyers in California Under 40 in 2013. Alex was also recognized by Variety in its 2017 and 2018 Legal Impact Reports as one of the top entertainment litigators in Hollywood and by Billboard Magazine as a Top Music lawyer in 2018. Alex was selected as a Top Litigator by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2018, and has been a finalist for the Leaders in Law Award by the same publication from 2016 – 2018. Alex was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for 2019. He has also been chosen as a Southern California Super Lawyer every year from 2014 to 2018 and a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2008 to 2013.

Significant Matters

Entertainment Litigation
  • Obtained judgment of nonsuit in middle of trial for defendant film financier against a large hedge fund. Substituted in as counsel, taking over from large law firm prior counsel just one month before trial.
  • Represented internationally renowned musician in dispute with a beverage company over compensation owed from phantom equity clause in endorsement agreement, obtaining substantial confidential settlement following successfully defeating summary judgment motion by Defendants.
  • Represented hip-hop artist in dispute with manager over commissions allegedly owed under 360 management deal.
  • Obtained judgment for actor, including punitive damages, attorney's fees and interest, against former assistant that stole money and identity.
  • Represented pioneering electronic music impresario in claims regarding control of and profits from independent label.
  • Representing adult children of deceased celebrity (one of whom is a celebrity himself) in litigation against step-mother attempting to disregard prenuptial agreement.
  • Represented an actress in claims for breach of fiduciary against her mother/manager.
  • Represented Plaintiffs in claims for compensation due for role in the $800 million purchase and sale of film library.
  • Represented internationally renowned musician and actress in employment discrimination claims brought by former driver and counterclaims for extortion.
  • Represented plaintiff musician in action arising from injuries sustained during performance at 2009 Tony Awards.
  • Represented a production company and producer against a foreign market distributor in International Film and Television Alliance arbitration. Won award for client on all claims, including award of costs and attorneys’ fees, regarding breach of distribution agreement and failure to pay royalties.
  • Obtained arbitration award for $3.8 million plus costs and attorneys' fees for international sales agent in dispute with foreign distributor regarding motion picture titles.
  • Won arbitration ruling against a studio for breach of lease agreement. Obtained total victory on all claims from arbitrator including award of fees and costs.
  • Represented a comedian in dispute with television network regarding breach of talent hold agreement.
  • Obtained multimillion dollar settlement for largest independent film storage and vault facility in insurance bad faith dispute.

Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Represented Trustees of $100 million estate against claims of undue influence and incapacity brought by son and grandson of testator. Defeated claims by grandson following bench trial establishing that he lacked standing to proceed. 
  • Won trial for beneficiary of Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) defeating claims by competing putative beneficiaries and securing entire benefit of insurance policy. Exposed opposing party as having manufactured evidence to support her claim in the process, as recognized by the Court in its statement of decision.
  • Representing adult children of deceased celebrity in litigation against step-mother attempting to disregard prenuptial agreement.
  • Represented heirs of $50 million estate against new Trustee/beneficiary who had altered trust documents while decedent was incapacitated.
  • Represented Trustees of $25 million estate against claims of undue influence and incapacity brought by children of decedent.
  • Represented Trustee and main beneficiary of Trust against claim by co-beneficiary (son of decedent) who was unhappy with his share of the estate. Claims resolved in client’s favor and petitioner challenging terms of trust was successfully disinherited through successful invocation of no-contest clause.
  • Represented beneficiary of multimillion-dollar estate that had been disinherited by his sister, who surreptitiously altered trust documents of decedent using undue influence and fraud.  Terms of original trust were restored and client received his rightful share of his parents' estate.
  • Represented majority of beneficiaries and co-Trustees in dispute between sisters over $20 million estate and litigated claims on behalf of the estate against third parties, successfully bringing $10 million into the estate.  Defeated effort by one beneficiary to attempt to force others to sell Trust assets.

Commercial Litigation
  • Won seven-figure arbitration award for heirs of partner with business in dispute over buy-sell agreement. Judgment included award of attorney's fees, costs and pre-judgment interest.
  • Represented medical imaging center in a jury trial against a large national medical industry conglomerate over breach of an installation contract. Obtained unanimous jury verdict for client on all counts (breach of contract, negligence, negligent misrepresentation), defeating all counterclaims in the process.
  • Represented client in bench trial on liability issues in inverse condemnation case. Won trial on liability issues, case settled for $5.75 million two days prior to jury trial on damages.
  • Represented a telecommunications company in rate discrimination case against international service provider.

Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Represented cable television network in defense of trademark claims brought by a liquor company.
  • Represented a television network in defense of copyright claims relating to broadcast of documentary feature.
  • Represented a manufacturer in patent litigation regarding sliding door technology.
  • Represented a toy manufacturer in defense of trademark claims over color of products brought by competitor.
  • Represented a toy company in defense of trademark and breach of license claims.
  • Represented internet site (one of the 20 highest traffic sites in the world) in pre-litigation settlement of trademark infringement and dilution claims.
  • Prosecution of trade secret misappropriation claims by fitness company franchisor against franchisee.
  • Prosecution of multi-jurisdictional trade secret claims on behalf of developer of pouch technology.

Real Estate Litigation
  • Representing developer of hotel in South Florida in multimillion-dollar litigation brought by investors in development.
  • Obtained eight figure judgment following 6-week bench trial for owner of office building and film storage facility in inverse condemnation action against a major utility company.
  • Represented developer of $100 million+ medical building project in litigation regarding competing claims by investors in project. Case settled on extremely favorable confidential terms for client.
  • Represented group of institutional real estate investors in $100 million alter ego claims against principals of a development company. Case settled on extremely favorable confidential terms for client.
  • Won arbitration award against studio tenant for breach of lease agreement. Obtained total victory on all claims from arbitrator including award of fees and costs.
  • Successfully defended claims of fraudulent conveyance of dozens of real properties in action by disgruntled seller, expunging lis pendens filed improperly against multiple properties and recovering fees and costs in process.
  • Represented international real estate investment fund in multiple class action litigations alleging securities fraud. 
  • Successfully represented national franchise corporation in litigation involving lease disputes.
  • Successfully tried zoning dispute on behalf of night club against municipal government.