Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

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


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2005

    Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal

    Executive Editor, Journal of Law & Politics

  • B.A., summa cum laude, Rice University, 2002

    Phi Beta Kappa


  • Professional Advisory Network Member, Motion Picture & Television Fund

    Los Angeles County Bar Association

    Beverly Hills Bar Association

    Legal Council, The Williams Institute (UCLA School of Law)
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Colin B. Vandell


Colin Vandell is a member of Venable's Litigation practice in Los Angeles. Colin represents industry-leading companies and high-profile individuals in complex business litigation, including commercial disputes, intellectual property litigation, mass torts, and consumer protection actions. His practice encompasses a variety of industries, including entertainment and media, real estate, hospitality, and consumer products.

Colin has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including large-scale discovery, alternative dispute resolution, and trial work on high-value matters involving numerous significant issues of first impression. The commonsense approach pursued by Colin across his litigation matters has yielded immensely successful results for both plaintiff and defendant clients. By charting a concerted strategy from the outset, and working closely with clients at each step of the litigation process, Colin has repeatedly demonstrated that lawsuits may be pursued and resolved efficiently and effectively.

Significant Matters

Entertainment and Media
  • Represented the cast of a hit television series in an action regarding purported voidness of the cast's employment agreements under California's Seven-Year Rule. Reached settlement favorable to clients.
  • Represents a multinational health and fitness company in a California right of publicity action involving a model’s claims of unlicensed use of her image via product packaging and advertisements.
  • Represented a leading online music services provider in conjunction with multiple copyright lawsuits filed by songwriters regarding Top 40 songs. Successfully obtained dismissal, settlement, and/or indemnification in each matter.
  • On behalf of a major online search provider, defeated adult content website's copyright claims regarding thumbnail images of purportedly protected photographic content.

Real Estate
  • Represented a Fortune 500 energy services company in connection with more than 50 mass tort actions in trial court and mediation brought by individual and institutional plaintiffs in connection with the 2007 San Diego wildfires. Successfully resolved each matter, including dismissal with prejudice of the final pending wildfire-related case.
  • Represents a real estate development company in a breach of contract and fraudulent concealment action against the seller of a 1,600+ acre undeveloped property in Ventura County, California.
  • On behalf of a high-net-worth individual, obtained a favorable settlement in a real property and tort dispute arising from the break-up of a personal relationship. Involved five related actions in multiple jurisdictions, unlawful detainer, and pursuit of unpaid judgments.
  • Represents the estate of a high-net-worth individual in conjunction with real and personal property claims asserted by and against a family member. Causes of action include quiet title, fraud, conversion and declaratory relief, among others.

  • Represented a global hospitality company in connection with a partnership dispute involving a leading hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Claims ranged from contractual allegations to breaches of fiduciary duty. Reached settlement favorable to clients.
  • Represented an international hotel chain in a consumer class action regarding the use and disclosure of resort fees. Client and other defendants prevailed on summary judgment, which was upheld on appeal.
  • On behalf of franchisee of global restaurant chain, obtained a favorable settlement in dispute related to calculation and distribution of royalty payments.

Consumer Products
  • Represented an international fashion label in lease dispute regarding flagship store in Beverly Hills. The matter was favorably settled.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 home products retailer against environmental and false advertising claims arising from the marketing and sale of paint products, resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • On behalf of a clothing manufacturer, defeated a clothing designer’s trade secret and copyright claims regarding t-shirt designs.