The lawyers at GAREEB LAW GROUP APC are committed to all aspects of litigation and client counseling on risk management, the most prominent practice areas of which are summarized below:
Our attorneys are qualified to handle state and federal litigation, including appeals and regulatory proceedings involving federal, state, and local agencies. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in all state courts, and most federal trial and appellate courts in California.
Commercial litigation goes to the heart of a company’s bottom-line. Our commercial litigation team constantly re-evaluates the client’s risks and benefits during the course of litigation, providing the client with timely and accurate information. Our clients expect us to obtain the best possible legal solution when confronted with litigation.
Equally important is the client’s ability to exercise sound business judgment. By keeping our clients timely advised on the status of any case, the client is better able to achieve sound commercial objectives through the client’s litigation strategies. Our attorney’s provide litigation plans, budgets, and client-driven analysis on all aspects of litigation to allow the client to better manage and resolve pending litigation.
Employment and Labor
Our attorneys represent clients in all phases and types of employment litigation, counseling, and training. We have extensive experience in handling state and federal litigation. Our attorneys practice before all courts and administrative bodies, addressing all disputes from the simplest unemployment claim to complex appellate matters. That representation includes matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (and their state equivalents), Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards, OSHA (and its state equivalents), labor boards and commission, and other government agencies concerned with employment law and regulations. While the bulk of our time is spent defending employers in litigation, from a general philosophical standpoint, our team focuses on preventing litigation and reducing exposure to our clients.
Our attorneys provide services in all phases of motion picture, television, video, music, production, and distribution. We offer a full-service, multidisciplinary approach to litigation and dispute resolution in matters involving intellectual property, contract and business torts, and other issues related to the entertainment and media industry. GLG’s entertainment team truly understands the business of entertainment, providing thorough risk assessment and pre-litigation advice and strategy to help clients avoid litigation, and effective, experienced representation when litigation is unavoidable. Clients can expect a depth and breadth of support in both their transactional and litigation issues. We handle a broad range of legal matters in all areas of entertainment and interactive media for actors, directors, producers, recording artists, models, independent production companies, financiers, post-production companies, distributors, entertainment studios, and others.
Representing clients in all facets of business and entertainment, the firm offers both litigation and transactional expertise. In conjunction with its general commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and media litigation groups, GLG’s entertainment litigation attorneys handle virtually every type of civil dispute pertaining to the entertainment industry. With a strong understanding of the entertainment industry’s various subsets, businesses and nuances, we have extensive experience in litigation matters concerning industry contract disputes, royalty disputes, ownership and credit disputes, employment disputes, copyright infringement, patent infringement, unfair competition (e.g., trademark infringement and dilution, right of publicity violations, deceptive trade practices, restraints of trade), right of privacy violations, idea submission, the First Amendment, and general business torts. GLG lawyers explore creative ways to acquire, preserve and exploit intellectual property and related rights, and then vigorously defend and protect them on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys have represented individuals and businesses in both the state and federal levels..
Music: Artist/Producer Music Agreements, Commercial Music Contracts, Independent Label Recording Agreements, Agent & Musician Agreements, Session Music Recording Contracts, Vocalist Agreements and Song Lyrics Licenses.
Film: Actor’s Employment Agreements, Extra Agreements, Minor Release Agreements, Film Clip Licenses, Motion Picture Production Joint Venture Agreements, Screenplay Collaboration Agreements, Director & Writer Employment Agreements.
Television & Radio: Actor’s Employment Agreements, Minor Release Agreements, Television Series Director Employment Agreements, Television Series Producer & Co-Production Agreements, Audience Releases and Broadcast Releases.
Publishing: Copyright Assignment Agreements, Certificates of Authorship of Original Work and Confidentiality Agreements.
Visual Arts, Fashion & Design: Artwork Releases, Still Photo Releases, Make-Up and Special Effects Contractor Agreements and Product Release Agreements.
Sports: Talent Agreements, Negotiations, Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation.
In the constantly changing landscape of the entertainment industry, with emerging technologies changing the shape of the market on what seems to be a daily basis, GLG has a proven track record in managing the delicate balance between consistency and flexibility. We take an aggressive, but strategic, approach towards the protection and enforcement of our clients’ rights in an efficient and effective manner, which is the reason GLG maintains its goal of being DEFINITIVE ∣ PRACTICAL ∣ STRATEGIC.
General Liability Litigation
Our firm has successfully represented defendants in significant exposure cases in numerous general liability areas. We have provided a defense for a myriad of property and personal injury claims, for both businesses and individuals who may be insured or self-insured. Our attorneys are seasoned and well respected trial attorneys who have broad trial experience.
To ensure that we maximize our chance to achieve the best results for our clients, the firm implements an aggressive defense litigation strategy plan at the outset of each case, understanding that we have the requisite experience to see the matter through trial, when necessary. The firm utilizes sophisticated technology systems to achieve efficient, cost-effective results. The collective experience has allowed us to create and maintain an extensive database of the leading medical and scientific experts from across the country.
Our lawyers pride themselves on being “problem solvers” who recognize that proper early case assessment is required to allow efficient alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation and arbitration, to be discussed with the client as part of any initial litigation plan.
Our attorneys draw on years of experience defending apartment complexes, hotels, casinos, restaurants, retail stores, grocers, and health care facilities in a variety of food borne illness claims, false imprisonment, and slip and fall. We have also represented landowners in negligent security claims that they failed to protect a crime victim from criminal assaults including sexual assaults, rape, and wrongful death victims.
Our attorneys handle both catastrophic injury and routine products liability litigation in state and federal courts. Our firm represents clients in virtually every sector of commerce, including the automotive industry, chemical companies, manufacturers of industrial machinery, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, food processors and retailers and consumer products manufacturers.
We offer our clients expertise in all areas of California workers’ compensation. Our workers’ compensation practice has been designed to address the need for proactive and aggressive litigation, representing insurance carriers and employers. Our attorneys have successfully defended against large exposure cases that include, fibromyalgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, psyche and stress claims, asbestosis claims, along with the more common orthopaedic and internal injury claim.
We are also available to negotiate or try lien claims of doctors and the Employment Development Department on State Disability Liens. Further, our attorneys are highly experienced to defend employers against claims of violating Labor Code Section 132(a), Discrimination for filing a Worker’s Compensation Claim, and defending against a serious and willful allegation.
Our attorneys also counsel insurance companies and employers in regard to various duties and obligations under the Labor Code and Administrative Regulations, and include certified workers’ compensation specialists and workers’ compensation instructors.
Our attorneys also represent clients in any companion employment case. This a substantial advantage for discovery and defending both the workers’ compensation case and the employment case, in that the defense can be coordinated with favorable results for our clients while reducing the costs of defense.