Eric J. Bakewell

Bakewell Eric

Eric Bakewell is an experienced litigator who represents clients in entertainment, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and other complex commercial litigation. Eric's clients include entertainment companies, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, insurers, and technology companies. He also represents high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and holders of intellectual property rights. Eric has a winning track record in disputes involving partnership agreements, copyright and patent rights, trust administration, and real estate transactions. His clients view him as a trusted advisor, and rely on his sophisticated knowledge of pre-litigation solutions and dispute avoidance strategies. When litigation is inevitable, clients value his significant courtroom experience.


Representative Matters

Commercial Litigation

  • Prevailed at trial on antitrust claims seeking damages in excess of $12 billion against a computer memory manufacturer
  • Achieved a favorable settlement of professional malpractice claims on behalf of a small business owner against an accountant
  • Counseled clients about trade secret misappropriation and obtained a frivolous litigation sanctions award against plaintiff pursuing misappropriation claims
  • Represented entrepreneurs in disputes with suppliers, manufacturers, customers, clients, and business partners
  • Negotiated favorable agreements for commercial real estate companies and litigated disputes related to land use and property acquisitions
  • Defended individuals and entities accused of fraud and theft related to complex financial transactions
  • Advised corporate clients involved in litigation related to failed mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, and shareholder disputes
  • Prosecuted and defended multiple actions involving denial of benefits under commercial and professional insurance policies and related bad faith claims
  • Represented computer memory, wireless communications, and technology companies in high-stakes antitrust litigation

Entertainment Litigation

  • Won more than 35 motions to dismiss fraudulent transfer and other related claims in bankruptcy court litigation on behalf of a client in the entertainment industry
  • Prevailed in a published appellate decision against harassment, discrimination, and right of publicity claims asserted against a high-profile actor, comedian, and producer
  • Triumphed on appeal affirming dismissal with prejudice of a wrongful death complaint against a production company related to a notorious fatality surrounding the production of promotional content for a major motion picture
  • Briefed multiple California anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) motions arising out of entertainment and film financing litigation
  • Achieved favorable settlements in pre-litigation negotiations and mediations of claims related to entertainment projects, film financing, and virtual reality
  • Represented an international music professional and his affiliated companies in a dispute related to allocation of profits and revenue, contract damages, and other associated harm
  • Advised parties in complex entertainment transactions in federal bankruptcy, federal civil, and state civil litigation

Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Developed litigation and pre-litigation strategies for trademark and copyright holders in the entertainment industry to protect intellectual property against unauthorized use
  • Advised clients on licensing and marketing issues related to the exploitation, maintenance, and use of patents, trademarks, and copyrights
  • Won a California anti-SLAPP motion in a malicious prosecution action against a company holding valuable trademarks and copyrights
  • Counseled companies and individuals in various industries regarding the fair use of copyrighted photographic images, online images, graphics, illustrations, and characters
  • Prosecuted and defended companies and individuals holding patent rights in high-stakes litigation involving mobile communications, computer memory and semiconductors, and electronic commerce
  • First-chaired a claim construction hearing and developed an infringement theory in patent infringement litigation involving mechanical patent

Nonprofit Litigation

  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of negligence, interference, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, and privacy claims brought by the former president of a nonprofit association against a statewide professional association
  • Won a motion to dismiss and subsequent appeal in federal court related to claims that a national nonprofit association violated plaintiff's civil rights and committed state law torts
  • Developed a strategy that led to defeat of contract and negligence claims brought against a national nonprofit association by one of its members
  • Obtained a favorable result in representing nonprofit foundations in the entertainment industry seeking to enforce intellectual property rights and defend against claims of improper cooperation with other industry participants
  • Obtained a favorable pre-litigation resolution for a nonprofit foundation involved in animal rights and protection, defending against sustained social media attacks, dissemination of negative information, and pressuring of funding sources

Trust and Partnership Litigation

  • Won at trial for the beneficiary of an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) by defeating claims of competing putative beneficiaries and securing benefits of multiple life insurance policies
  • Advised trustees in civil and probate court proceedings related to distribution of assets, wrongdoing by beneficiaries, and reclaiming trust property
  • Prosecuted and defended trustees in cases involving allegations of malfeasance by trustee, misuse of trust assets, and misappropriation of trust assets
  • Counseled and defended trustee in multifaceted litigation to protect, preserve, and recover assets for numerous interrelated trusts
  • Pursued recovery for the beneficiary of a multi-million-dollar estate related to a commercial real estate empire
  • Represented high-net-worth individuals in partnership disputes related to profit sharing, corporate governance, and dissolution
  • Awarded a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in a partnership dispute, freezing all assets in various bank accounts
  • Defended individuals and affiliated entities in partnership disputes related to music licensing rights, rights and obligations of trusts and trustees, and division of royalty payments
  • Represented partners in cases involving accusations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and theft by other partners




  • J.D. magna cum laude Georgetown University Law Center 2002
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A. cum laude Vanderbilt University 1998

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • Selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition, Business Litigation, Entertainment & Sports, General Litigation, Appellate, Antitrust Litigation, 2013 – 2017.