Sheldon Eisenberg



Sheldon Eisenberg is renowned for his defense of entertainment industry clients, technology companies and financial institutions facing complex litigation, class actions and intellectual property matters. With more than 30 years of experience, Sheldon is sought by high-profile clients and regarded for his skilled pretrial strategies, well-crafted motions and when necessary, powerful trial and arbitration counsel.

Commercial Litigation

Hollywood studios, A-list talent and literary and talent agencies turn to Sheldon to fight for their commercial interests. He defends and prosecutes copyright and trademark matters in film and other media and fights for actors’ commercial rights in disputes with producers and agents. He is skilled in dispute resolution and in the strategic use of confidential arbitration. Sheldon’s defense of intellectual property and trade secrets has resulted in multimillion-dollar awards for clients.

Sheldon has extensive experience in the defense of complex, nationwide class action matters, as well as securities fraud, consumer privacy, Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other matters.

Representative Experience

  • 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 of indemnity 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)


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
J.D. (1981)

University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Phi Beta Kappa (1978)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Sheldon has litigated a number of precedent-setting animal rights matters and is a frequent speaker on the subject of animal shelter litigation.

Professional Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association — Attorney-Client Fee Arbitration Program
  • Santa Monica Bar Association — Attorney-Client Fee Arbitration Program
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court — Judge Pro Tem

Civic Activities

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation, Director

Firm Leadership

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Managing Partner, 2013-17; Regional Partner in Charge, Los Angeles


  • Variety — Leading Entertainment Lawyer, Legal Impact Report, 2015, 2017
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund: Pro Bono Achievement Award 2015
  • Southern California Super Lawyer (multiple years to present)

Awards Methodology

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