Sarah L. Cronin

Partner
Sarah Cronin
Sarah Cronin's practice includes entertainment, intellectual property, insurance recovery, and complex business litigation. She represents and advises media and entertainment companies on a variety of matters, including copyright, trademark, defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, insurance recovery, breach of contract, employment, cyber-piracy, and Internet domain name retrieval through the World Intellectual Property Organization. She has served as counsel in connection with disputes before the Motion Picture Association of America Title Registration Bureau, and appeared before a variety of state and federal courts.

Sarah also represents and advises clients in insurance recovery matters, representing policyholders against their insurance providers to enforce their coverage rights, and recovering millions of dollars in unpaid claims and damages on behalf of policyholders. She is involved in the resolution of claims brought under CGL, media liability, E&O and D&O claims, and builder's risk claims, among others.

Prior to private practice, Sarah served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Richard A. Kramer, Judge of the California Superior Court, County of San Francisco, Complex Litigation Department. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Susan Y. Illston, Judge of the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

Experience

Representative Matters

Entertainment Litigation

  • Represented major film studio in successfully defeating all claims brought against billion dollar motion picture franchise
  • Represented a cable network and two actors, among others; obtained a dismissal of a $200 million copyright infringement claim relating to a popular series
  • Represented a television network in obtaining a ruling that anti-SLAPP statute applies to employment discrimination claims brought against a media defendant
  • Represented a radio network through a bench trial, and obtained a dismissal of fraud and breach of contract claims; secured an award of more than $550,000 in attorneys' fees in the client's favor
  • Represented a film production company in a financing dispute over a motion picture
  • Served as a member of the team that successfully represented a cooperative association of 450 family-owned dairies, maker of the best-selling brand of butter in the Western U.S., in a class action filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that the labeling of certain of their dairy products was false and misleading and in violation of the California Unfair Competition statutes, as well as the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. The judge dismissed the case with prejudice on federal preemption grounds
  • Assisted in successfully retrieving numerous Internet domain names incorporating clients' trademarks from cybersquatters all over the world

Insurance Recovery

  • Represented a production company in a coverage dispute over a claim for copyright infringement, securing coverage for attorneys' fees and settlement with the plaintiff
  • Represented a production company in a coverage dispute over the collapse of a set during the filming of a motion picture, securing coverage for damages and extra expenses caused by the collapse
  • Represented a studio in a coverage dispute over the injury of a stuntman, securing complete coverage for claims
  • Represented one of the nation's top commercial construction companies in multi-million-dollar insurance coverage disputes nationwide
  • Represented a general contractor in successfully obtaining insurance coverage for a multi-million-dollar construction defect claim
  • Represented a manufacturing company in successfully obtaining insurance coverage for a pollution liability claim

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. University of California, Hastings College of the Law 2007
    • Senior articles editor, Hastings Women's Law Journal
  • B.A. St. Peter's University 2002

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

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

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Co-chair, California Chapter and Member of the Insurance Group of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC)
  • Co-chair, American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law's Media Advocacy Workshop
  • Chair, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Media, Privacy and Advertising Law Committee
  • Board member, Independent Shakespeare Company

Recognition
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  • Recognized by Los Angeles Business Journal's Women's Council & Awards, 2018
  • Selected as one of Southern California's Super Lawyers – "Rising Stars," 2015 - 2017