Los Angeles Attorney
Charles N. Shephard, Esq.
Chuck Shephard specializes primarily in entertainment and intellectual property litigation. He has a breadth of experience litigating in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before various administrative and arbitration tribunals. From 1993 to 2005, he served as chairman of Greenberg Glusker’s Litigation Group.
Mr. Shephard has extensive experience litigating in the fields of copyright and trademark law. For more than 20 years, he has represented Toho Co., Ltd., the owner of the intellectual property rights in the character “Godzilla,” policing the unauthorized use of Toho’s copyrights and trademarks and, where necessary, bringing litigation to enforce those rights. Mr. Shephard has also litigated numerous copyright cases in which motion pictures, television programming, books, and other intellectual property have allegedly been infringed.
Mr. Shephard has significant experience litigating claims involving the right of publicity. He was lead trial counsel in Dustin Hoffman’s successful right of publicity trial against Los Angeles Magazine concerning the unauthorized digital alteration of Mr. Hoffman’s image. In connection with that and other litigation, Mr. Shephard has frequently litigated the relationship between copyright and the right of publicity, the preemptive effect of the United States Copyright Act, and the extent to which the right of publicity is impacted by the First Amendment, parody, and other fair use considerations.
Mr. Shephard has spent considerable time litigating on behalf of talent in the entertainment industry. Such matters have included, without limitation, disputes as to whether negotiations resulted in a binding agreement between the parties, disputes as to whether granted rights were intended to cover new technologies, claims as to whether studios have accurately reported and accounted to profit participants who have contingent compensation interests, disputes between talent and their representatives, idea submission cases, and the dissolution of entertainment partnerships. Among others, he has represented the Beatles, Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Annette Benning, Brad Grey, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Kirsten Dunst, James Cameron, Carol Burnett, Peter Falk, Robert Towne, Jesse James, and Paul Rodriguez in a variety of contractual and other disputes.
Mr. Shephard has extensive experience in connection with the distribution of motion pictures, including international distribution. He has handled numerous arbitrations before the Independent Film & Television Alliance (formerly American Film Marketing Association), and in 2007 he was lead counsel in connection with successful appellate proceedings before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal in the case of Nippon Herald Films, Inc. vs. New Regency Productions, Inc. involving issues of arbitrator neutrality and disclosure requirements.
- JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1977
- BA, summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles, Phi Beta Kappa, Political Science Major, 1974
- Celebrity & Talent Representation
- Entertainment Law
- Online & Digital Media
- Entertainment Litigation
- Marketing & Licensing
- Listed, Southern California Super Lawyer, 2012 – 2013
- Rated, “AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5,” Martindale Hubbell