Max N. Wellman

Counsel

Max Wellman represents individual and corporate clients in business and entertainment matters. Max works closely with his clients to build relationships and manage their needs, both in and outside of the courtroom. When handling litigation, he focuses on complex commercial disputes involving intellectual property, trade secrets, commercial debts, corporate dissolutions, and general contract and business tort claims. Outside the courtroom, Max provides strategic and operational advice, primarily in the entertainment, media, and technology industries, including assisting intellectual property owners in building, protecting, and monetizing their assets.

Max predominantly represents production companies, global influencers, merchandising companies, developing artists, entrepreneurs, consumer product brands, and technology start-ups.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Represented a premium Los Angeles-based merchandise company in connection with artist and festival merchandise agreements, trademark portfolio advice, and strategic corporate counseling in the sale of interest in the company to one of the world’s largest independent record labels and distribution companies
  • Provided strategic counseling for a San Diego-based consumer packaged goods company in connection with its intellectual property portfolio
  • Represented a music festival production and promotion company in several highly contentious and public intellectual property disputes
  • Represented a full-service production company in corporate and entertainment-related projects, including clearance work, commercial production agreements, and intellectual property litigation
  • Successfully prosecuted a commercial contract dispute on behalf of a Los Angeles-based swimsuit designer/manufacturer, culminating in multi-day arbitration
  • Successfully defended a technology start-up in a heavily litigated trade secret dispute filed by a well-known private company
  • Obtained a favorable result at arbitration for a mid-sized hotel partnership in a corporate dissolution proceeding pursuant to California Corporations Code § 2000  
  • Successfully prosecuted a shareholder derivative action on behalf of three former owners of a wine company in Paso Robles 
  • Obtained judgments of more than $18 million in a fraud and conversion claim on behalf of a group of real estate investors
  • Represented a luxury real estate rental and lifestyle company in connection with general commercial disputes
  • Represented a global influencer in copyright infringement litigation
  • Obtained a favorable settlement, including forfeiture of a disputed URL in a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) claim for a Los Angeles-based apparel and streetwear company
  • Represented a global makeup influencer in general corporate and brand sponsorship matters
  • Successfully served as lead trial counsel in a heavily disputed quiet title action culminating in a multi-day bench trial that resulted in a favorable pre-verdict settlement after presentation of evidence 
  • Represented an end-to-end marketing company in multiple commercial debt disputes

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. Southwestern University School of Law 2013
  • B.A. Political Science San Diego State University 2010

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Elizabeth Ann Lippitt Los Angeles County Superior Court

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Past president, Downtown Los Angeles Bar Association (DTLABA)

Recognition
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  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Southern California, 2018 – 2022

Community
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Volunteerism

  • Former member, Futures Board, Jewish National Fund