Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1988
  • B.A., Bethune-Cookman College, 1978

Memberships

  • State Bar of California

    American Bar Association

    American Inn of Court (Associate Member, William B. Enright Chapter)
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William J. Briggs, II

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William Briggs is a trial lawyer and civil litigator with broad experience in the entertainment industry. He represents some of the top talent in film, television, music and sports.

Mr. Briggs’ trial experience has been in state and federal courts, involving intellectual property disputes, complex entertainment contract disputes, partnership disputes, rights of publicity and first amendment issues, and employment matters.

Mr. Briggs has substantial courtroom experience in disputes that involve trademarks, copyrights, the First Amendment, defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, guild disputes, profit participation, royalty payments, violations of the Talent Agencies Act, and interpretation and enforcement of talent, executive, distribution, film and recording contracts.

In addition to his courtroom practice, Mr. Briggs provides his clients with advice to assist them in resolving issues in a favorable and business-like fashion. He works with clients to rapidly respond to emergency situations or to strategize and create sensible and cost-effective solutions. When difficult and challenging issues cannot be resolved, Mr. Briggs is prepared to try the case for the client.

Mr. Briggs was recently named to Los Angeles Business Journal's Most Influential Minority Lawyers list in 2016.

Significant Matters

Mr. Briggs has successfully tried cases (jury and bench trials) in state and federal trial courts and appellate courts, as well as arbitrations that have involved complex litigation matters.

Mr. Briggs’ trials have included:

Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Represented co-owners of copyrights and trademarks in a dispute between partners about who had the right to use the trademark and exploit the copyrights
  • Represented an agency in an idea submission case
  • Represented talent in a copyright infringement matter

Entertainment Contract Litigation
  • Represented talent in a right of approval dispute that required talent’s approval before the release of a film
  • Represented a production company in a dispute regarding rights to conduct a musical festival
  • Represented a production company in dispute with WGA and SGA concerning residual payments
  • Represented personal talent managers in a partnership dispute

General Litigation
  • Successfully represented a high-profile actor, producer, and comedian, in a high-stakes litigation and obtained a groundbreaking appellate decision in the areas of harassment, discrimination, copyright, and right of publicity
  • Represented plaintiff in an employment discrimination suit
  • Represented actress in a pregnancy discrimination suit against a network
  • Represented wholesale diamond dealer in multi-million-dollar embezzlement suit

Reported Decisions
  • MGM Grand Hotel, Inc. v. Smith-Hemion Productions, 158 F.R.D. 677 (D. Nev. 1994);
  • Trans-World International, Inc. v. Smith-Hemion Productions, Inc., 972 F. Supp. 1275 (C.C. Cal. 1997);
  • McConnell v. Innovative Artists, 175 Cal.App.4th 169 (2009) (affirming grant of anti-SLAPP motion); and
  • Digerati Holdings, LLC v. Young Money Entertainment, LLC, et al., 194 Cal.App.4th 873 (2011) (affirming partial grant of anti-SLAPP motion).

Activities

Mr. Briggs is active in the local community and provides pro bono legal services to the Alliance for Children's Rights.