Sheldon Eisenberg handles complex litigation matters for clients, including class actions and entertainment industry, commercial litigation, and intellectual property matters. He is the regional partner in charge of the Drinker Biddle’s Los Angeles office and a firm managing partner.
With more than 30 years of legal experience, he has successfully represented his diverse group of clients through effective pretrial strategies, well-crafted motions and, when necessary, taking cases to trial in state and federal courts or arbitration. Sheldon’s clients include technology companies, financial institutions, Hollywood studios, A-list talent, producers, writers, production and media companies, software developers and publishers, and literary and talent agencies. He has served as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Municipal Court.
Sheldon also has extensive experience in the defense of complex class action matters, including his recent defense of CalPERS in a class action involving its long-term care program, a nationwide class action suit regarding the recording of phone calls, and the defense of class actions alleging violations of consumer privacy statute.
- He acted as lead trial counsel in a $140 million action regarding a massive cell phone outage in France that was resolved after the commencement of trial in the Eastern District of North Carolina;
- He obtained a multimillion-dollar award in an arbitration before a three-judge panel involving trade secret claims and the dissolution of a closely held company; and
- He led the resolution of claims in confidential arbitration for three literary talent agencies in a dispute with a major television studio over a package commission agreement.
- Sanchez v. CalPERS, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC517444 (defense of class action involving premium increases in CalPERS’ long term care program)
- Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System v. Ixia; 2:13-CV-08440-MMM (defense of officers and directors in securities fraud class action)
- Rysher Entertainment LLC v. Cox Media Group, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC517198 (defense ofindemnity claim arising out of Rysher’s liability to Don Johnson for “Nash Bridges” series profits)
- D/F Management LLC v. Julianna Margulies, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC487959 (defense of post-termination compensation by former talent manager)
- Luko v. eHarmony, Inc., Los Angeles County Superior Court Case No. BC 462494 (defense of class action alleging violation of consumer privacy statute interlocutory hearing granted by the California Supreme Court, Case No. S199406)
- Anschutz Entertainment Group v. NBC Universal, Inc., LACS Case No. BC370870 (defense of defamation claim arising out of investigative report involving Staples Center)
- Cohorst v. BRE Properties, Inc., et al., D.C. S.D. Cal. Case No. 3:10-CV-2666 JMB (defense of nationwide class action alleging violations of statutes prohibiting unconsented to recording of phone calls)
- Hopkins & Carley, ALC v. West Publishing Corporation, Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. CV-183762 (defense of contract and tort claims against software developer by law firm)
- Jim Preminger Agency, et al. v. Paramount Pictures Corporation, LASC Case No. BC 340588 (prosecuted net profit and other claims on commission package for “Frasier” series)
- Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; CBS Broadcasting Inc.; Kelley Productions, Inc. v. MJM Productions, C.D. Cal. Case No. CV034545 RSWL (MANx); MJM Productions, Michael J. MacLeod and Jefferson Dutton v. Kelley Productions, Inc., CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, New Hampshire Civil Action No. 03390JD (defended trademark, copyright, and unfair competition claims based on clients’ television series)
- Landmark Entertainment Group, LLC v. Hasbro Inc., et al., D.C. C.D. Cal. Case No. 2:14-cv-05539-CBM (prosecution of copyright claims based on exploitation of Landmark’s Candyland characters
- Universal City Studios v. Lions Gate Entertainment; D.C. C.D. Cal. Case No. 2:08-CV-02662-JFW (prosecution of claims for copyright infringement based on defendant’s use of character from “Midnight Run” film)
- Jonnie D. Miller, et al. v. Glenn Miller Productions, Inc., 454 F.3d 975 (9th Cir. 2006) (affirming judgment dismissing contract, trademark, and right of publicity claims brought by children of Glenn Miller.)
- Edwards Theatres, Inc. v. United National Insurance Company, Case No. 0356312 (9th Cir. 2005) (affirming judgment for insurer’s failure to defend trademark claims)
- Baur v. Veneman, 352 F.3d 625 (2d Cir. 2003) (obtained standing for public interest plaintiff to challenge USDA’s refusal to ban use of “downed” cattle for food – one week before U.S. “mad cow” revelation)
- California Commercial Enterprises v. Amedeo Vegas I, Inc., 119 Nev. Adv. Rep. 18, 67 P.3d 328 (2003) (Nevada Supreme Court) (issue of first impression on recoverability of delay damages under mechanic’s lien)
- Vanzant v. DaimlerChrysler Corporation, et al., 96 Cal.App.4th 1283, 118 Cal.Rptr.2d 48 (2002) (affirming dismissal of malicious prosecution action on demurrer)
- Trent v. The Prudential Insurance Company of America, et al., Case No. B130941 (California Ct. of Appeal, 2nd Dist. Nov. 2000) (obtained reversal of $6.7 million bad faith verdict)
- Notrica v. State Compensation Insurance Fund, 70 Cal.App.4th 911, 83 Cal. Rptr. 2d 89 (1999) (upheld first punitive damage award against workers’ compensation insurer for over-reserving claims)
- Farm Sanctuary, Inc. v. Department of Food and Agriculture, 63 Cal.App.4th 495, 74 Cal.Rptr.2d 75 (1998) (issue of first impression on standing under California law for challenge to state animal welfare regulation)
- Glenfed Financial Corp. v. Penick, 276 N.J. Super. 163, 647 A.2d 852 (1994) (established New Jersey precedent limiting “lender liability” claims)
- P.S.G., Limited Partnership v. August Income/Growth Fund VII, 115 N.M. 579, 855 P.2d 1043 (1993) (New Mexico Supreme Court) (created New Mexico precedent on effect of foreclosure on junior leasehold)
Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)
Sheldon Eisenberg is recognized by Variety as one of the world's top 2015 entertainment attorneys.
- University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 1981
- University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1978, Phi Beta Kappa
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Fee Arbitration Program