Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles Business Journal ranks Venable's LA office in its Top 100 Law Firms List. Our West Coast team leverages intimate knowledge of California's legal environment and close working relationships with our national legislative and government affairs attorneys to give clients a voice on Capitol Hill.

Advertising and Marketing

Our Los Angeles team counsels clients on compliance with state and federal advertising regulations, and litigates false and deceptive advertising disputes. This includes consumer class actions, competitor suits under the Lanham Act, and investigations and actions brought by the Federal Trade Commission, Food & Drug Administration, state Attorneys' General and National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau.

We serve direct response TV advertisers, retail stores, online marketers and other direct marketers across such varied industries as technology, food/beverage, dietary supplements, telecommunications, automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, children's toys and fitness.


Our corporate attorneys handle complex transactional matters tied to company formation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, finance, succession planning, tax strategies, corporate restructurings and more. We represent clients ranging from both U.S. and international corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures to emerging growth companies and select start-ups. Venable corporate attorneys also have the experience and responsiveness needed to represent private equity firms across a range of issues, including complex transactional, legislative, regulatory and compliance matters.

Intellectual Property

Together with our colleagues throughout the firm, Venable's LA IP attorneys comprise a nationally acclaimed team of over 50 intellectual property attorneys, including over 30 registered patent agents. We represent clients all over California and beyond in a host of domestic and international IP issues, including litigation, licensing and intellectual property transactions, counseling, and patent and trademark prosecution. Among other things, we help our clients obtain and defend patents, secure trademark and domain names, protect their copyrights and negotiate technology transfer licenses and agreements.

Labor and Employment

We have advised and represented national and California-based clients on a myriad of labor and employment law matters. We have litigated cases concerning discrimination; harassment; unpaid wages; retaliation; privacy invasion; unfair competition; trade secret misappropriation; non-compete agreements; wrongful termination; breach of contract; and California employment tort and wage- and-hour claims. This regional practice is bolstered by several related practice groups in litigation, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property litigation and business transactions.


Venable's West Coast litigators have spent decades navigating California's state and federal courts for clients. We represent clients on a wide range of issues including advertising and marketing, commercial litigation, class actions, intellectual property disputes, product liability, entertainment industry matters, white collar criminal defense and wage-and-hour claims. Venable's more than 200 trial lawyers nationwide support our local team, giving us the depth and capabilities to handle any type of problem.

Many of our attorneys—in Los Angeles and firm-wide—gained their trial skills in the most demanding environments: in the trenches as assistant U.S. attorneys and as prosecutors for regulatory agencies on major cases. Our litigators represent clients in courts at all levels within the California state system, as well as before the federal courts in California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Media and Entertainment

Our Los Angeles-based media and entertainment attorneys work with clients in the film, television, home entertainment, direct response, advertising, and media industries. Clients rely on us to settle disputes and to structure, negotiate and document their business transactions with unmatched efficiency. We also advise entertainers, athletes and others in the industry on a wide range of legal issues, ranging from robust estate, tax and business planning strategies, to advertising, sponsorship and co-branding opportunities, guild and labor issues and more.

From Los Angeles to New York to Washington, DC, Venable has established a national top tier entertainment and media litigation practice that represents celebrities and their business ventures, as well as other entertainment and media companies. Our entertainment and media litigators are supported by an extensive team of trial attorneys, all of whom are distinguished for their tenacity and ability to try the most simple or complex cases. Appreciating the creative nature of our entertainment and media clients' industry, we also employ a creative and innovative approach to problem solving on their behalf.

Privacy and Data Security

Venable's West Coast team firmly grasps one of the most critical tools of your business – information. Your ability to collect data on customers, competitors, employees and ideas is both an asset and a liability. Because of our lengthy experience in self-regulatory bodies such as the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau ("BBB") and the BBB's Electronic Retailing Self-regulatory Program, we are fit to steer your company away from such liabilities.

Real Estate

Major motion picture studios, theatre chains, investment banks, real property developers and retailers frequently call on our real estate attorneys to handle complex commercial real estate transactions and land use matters. We structure transactions, prepare financing documentation, as well as obtain special exceptions, rezoning and other land use approvals. We also handle the leasing, purchase and sale of commercial properties.

Tax and Wealth Planning

Along the West Coast, clients turn to Venable's tax and wealth planning attorneys for federal, state, local and international tax advice. In addition to advising corporations and nonprofits on tax matters, we also counsel high-net-worth individuals and families on wealth planning. We resolve tax controversies, counsel on tax policy legislation, and advise on a host of cross-border tax matters.

Planted in the heart of Century City, with roots stretching to the East Coast, Venable's LA attorneys are well equipped to achieve client objectives in the business and entertainment communities.

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