Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

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
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


  • J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., California State University, Northridge, 1987


  • Beverly Hills County Bar Association

    Los Angeles County Bar Association
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Douglas C. Emhoff


Clients turn to Douglas Emhoff for complex commercial, media, advertising, entertainment and intellectual property litigation matters. He is also experienced in defending class action matters concerning claims of unfair business practices, the validity of advertising and marketing claims, cases challenging privacy statutes and wage and hour violations. Mr. Emhoff is Venable's Managing Director, West Coast, overseeing the firm's offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and chairs the firm's expansion committee.

Mr. Emhoff represents clients across a wide variety of industries including media and entertainment, digital media, production, advertising, technology, hospitality and character licensing.

In addition to trying cases in both state and federal courts, he has particular skills in alternative dispute resolution (negotiation, mediation, arbitration) across varied forums. His clients have come to rely on his insightful, dispute avoidance strategy counsel as a preventive measure and appreciate the value of his extensive courtroom experience when litigation is unavoidable.

Significant Matters

  • Obtained a dismissal, with prejudice, of a wrongful death complaint, relative to a notorious fatality, brought against a production company that was producing promotional content for a major motion picture.
  • Defeated Plaintiff's antitrust claims against one of the nation's leading bar associations in a high-profile California federal court action regarding allegations of engaging in monopolistic practices by limiting the number of accredited law schools and by lobbying for restrictive rules which require corporations to be represented by licensed counsel. 
  • Defended studio executive in lawsuit alleging breach of contract and fraud relating to a blockbuster film.
  • Represented leading design agency in trade secret and defamation action relating to automotive product.
  • Represented a leading digital media licensing company in a copyright action involving the pervasive infringement of the company’s videos.
  • Represented former NFL athlete and sports and entertainment executive in connection with a contract dispute regarding a management company and settled the case in mediation.
  • Defended a prominent former NFL and Olympic athlete in a civil action brought by the SEC.
  • Represented a municipal school board in a NEPA matter involving the location of the proposed west side subway extension.
  • Defended a global retailer in a group of California class actions alleging Song-Beverly Credit Card violations concerning collection of personal identification information.
  • Defended leading media conglomerate in putative class action challenging mobile ad serving technology under a variety of state and federal privacy statutes in one of the first cases to challenge tracking of mobile Internet usage. 
  • Defended an office product manufacturer in a California class action involving invasion of privacy claims and challenges to privacy statutes due to the Defendant's alleged practice of monitoring and recording telephone communications between Defendant's sales force and Plaintiff and Plaintiff's Class. 
  • Defended a national sports nutrition company against alleged violations of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act (Cal. Civ. Code § 1750), Unfair Competition Act (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200), and False and Misleading Advertising (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17500) concerning certain products the Defendant manufactured and  marketed as dietary supplements for use as bodybuilding and weight loss supplements. 
  • Represented the rights holders of a famous animated character in copyright and trademark disputes across the globe.
  • Defended a conference promotion organization against claims for breach of contract, unfair competition (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 17200, et seq.), statutory false advertising (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 17500, et seq.), common law unfair competition, trade libel, common law trademark infringement and declaratory relief. 
  • Represented a global manufacturer of workplace products against one of the company’s competitors regarding allegations of trademark infringement, false advertising, bait-and-switch and violations of the Lanham Act regarding the competitor’s practice of utilizing advertising techniques that led consumers to believe they were purchasing the Plaintiff’s products.
  • Represented a leading advertising agency in a securities derivative suit filed in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California.
  • Secured a favorable settlement for a direct marketing advertiser in a Song-Beverly class action alleging improper capture of personal information during credit card transactions at retail locations.
  • Defended a mobile content provider in a consumer class action alleging improper business practices.
  • Represented a credit counseling company in a California consumer class action regarding whether the company is a valid non-profit, and thus subject to the requirements of the CROA statute.
  • Represented the manufacturer of a national brand lotion in a California consumer class action alleging false advertising among other claims.
  • Represented a major security firm in a federal class action complaint alleging the company failed to protect its employees' personal, confidential information from theft.
  • Represented over 40 commercial producers in an entertainment industry-wide wage & hour class-action lawsuit.
  • Represented the liquidating trustee of a bankrupt computer manufacturer against an international investment bank in a fraudulent claim regarding supplemental agreements.
  • The Ninth Circuit affirmed a defense summary judgment Mr. Emhoff’s team obtained for an advertising agency in the high-profile Taco Bell Chihuahua case.


Mr. Emhoff has held board positions with numerous philanthropic and professional organizations.