Daniel Rozansky is a Partner of the Firm in the Business Litigation Practice.
Dan concentrates his practice on entertainment, privacy, First Amendment and complex business and real estate disputes.
In addition to his diverse litigation experience, Dan also counsels a broad array of clients on developing the best strategies to avoid disputes. For entertainment clients, he regularly reviews television pilots, screenplays and other material in development to assist those clients in identifying and avoiding potential liabilities.
Dan’s areas of focus are entertainment finance, anti-SLAPP motions, unfair competition, trade secrets, intellectual property, surreptitious tape recording, reality television, profit participation, rights of privacy and publicity, real estate, partnership disputes and First Amendment issues. He represents clients both at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court on a wide array of issues.
Recognized as an industry leader, Dan has been listed as a top entertainment and media litigator in Chambers USA (2011-2016). In 2013, 2014, and 2016, he was featured in Variety’s “Legal Impact Report,” which names the top attorneys who are making a significant impact in the entertainment industry.
Dan received his B.A. from University of California, San Diego and his J.D. from Loyola Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.
practice & experience
- Represented the managing member in a dispute regarding several LLCs that were established to develop real estate in Southern California. The plaintiffs alleged that our client breached his fiduciary duties as the managing member and sought compensatory and punitive damages, as well as an accounting. Following a bench trial in 2016, the Los Angeles Superior Court denied the plaintiffs’ claims in their entirety and granted our client’s cross-complaint, awarding him damages and attorneys’ fees.
- Represented Move, Inc. in lawsuit against competitor real estate site Zillow and two of its senior executives. The plaintiffs, who own and operate the realtor.com website, brought claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty, among others, in the King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington. The case ended with a $130M settlement in clients’ favor on the first day of trial in June 2016.
- Secured a significant victory for rap superstar Jay-Z in copyright infringement case relating to the use of a sample of a small snippet of an Egyptian song, Khosara Khosara in the hit song Big Pimpin’. After six days of trial, a federal judge in Los Angeles granted all defendants judgment as a matter of law.
- Prevailed on numerous anti-SLAPP motions resulting in the dismissal of more than $500 million in claims.
- Won an anti-SLAPP motion that resulted in dismissal of claims against Bunim/Murray Productions, Kris Jenner, and Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian.
- Represented numerous clients regarding claims of tape recording without consent.
- Obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing the disbursement of misappropriated funds regarding the production of a major motion picture.
- Prevailed on a motion to dismiss putative class action against investigative consumer reporting agency for alleged wrongful disclosure of personal information.
- Prevailed on a motion to dismiss and subsequent appeal of dismissal to the Fifth Circuit of RICO action against private equity fund alleging wrongful sale of insurance policies.
- Won summary judgment against film financier regarding breach of guaranty.
- Obtained emergency injunctive relief on behalf of Sears in connection with a media buyer’s improper use of advertising money. The injunctive relief aided in the recovery of more than $20 million.
- Obtained emergency injunction regarding improper foreclosure on intellectual property collateral.
- Obtained multimillion-dollar writ of attachment on behalf of Premiere Radio Networks regarding a dispute regarding advertising.
- Prevailed in a dispute over a client’s right to obtain tax refund arising out of production filmed in New Mexico.
- Defended a German media company Tele Munchen Group in a multimillion-dollar international arbitration concerning distribution rights to the movie The Chronicles of Riddick.
- Obtained a multimillion-dollar writ of attachment and successfully obtained dismissal of bankruptcy regarding a production loan.
- Defended the Japanese rights holder and executive producer of the hit movie The Ring at trial against claims of fraud, breach of contract and unfair business practices.
- Obtained dismissal of dispute regarding the right distribute the film Snowpiercer in Russia based on the argument that the license agreement did not comply with United States copyright law.
- Won a motion to dismiss claim of third party interference in financing agreement. Upheld by Second Circuit Court of Appeal.
- Obtained a large settlement for a Fortune 500 company in an action against a competitor for theft of trade secrets and unlawful recruiting of employees.
- Defended a Fortune 500 company in an international arbitration, obtaining a dismissal of the action.
- Obtained dismissal of a RICO action against a corporation seeking to enjoin its merger.
- Counseled lenders regarding SEC and attorney general investigations.
- Represented a client in a class action relating to its inkjet printer technology.