Bruce A. Friedman, Esq.

T: 310-392-3044
F: 310-396-7576
Entertainment and Sports

Bruce A. Friedman, Esq. has built a rich, diverse practice handling entertainment matters with copyright issues arising from illegal downloading and use of music, profit participation, production and distribution of films, insurance and more in regards to the film, television, music, and internet industries. His invaluable understanding of the nuances that make each industry unique has made him an unmatched resource for his clients. Along with his calm, respectful demeanor and dedication to considering the points of all sides, he applies an evaluative approach and consistently helps parties find a satisfactory resolution.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitration of disputes between lender and international film distributor involving conspiracy between bank and production company to defraud distributor into entering agreements and paying production costs of multiple films 
  • Suit by creators of internationally released film against bank that loaned production costs involving conspiracy claims to defraud them out of profit participation
  • Arbitrated dispute under film completion bond over issues of whether film met delivery requirements of production agreement
  • Disputes between film production companies and insurers involving slate of films insured for recovery of production costs
  • Arbitrated disputes between European production company and Asian distributors over breach of distribution agreement
  • Copyright claims by record companies claiming illegal downloading of music on the Internet
  • Copyright claims on behalf of songwriters against motion picture and television studios for infringement of songs used on daytime television
  • Class action age discrimination actions brought by television writers over 40 against studios and networks
  • Member of the Independent Film and Television Alliance arbitration panel

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Honors
    • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2014-present
    • Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, 2004-2012
    • Recognized as a “Rising Star,” California’s Top 50 Neutrals, Daily Journal, 2013
    • Leading Lawyer in Insurance: Insurer Firms, California, Chambers USA, 2004-2012
    • Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year, Los Angeles, Best Lawyers, 2012
    • Leading Lawyer in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Insurance Law, Best Lawyers, 2005-2012
  • Memberships and Professional Affiliations
    • Adjunct Professor, Arbitrator Advocacy, University of Southern California School of Law, 2017
    • Rutter Insurance Litigator Contributing Editor, Third Party Coverages, D & O, Personal & Advertising Injury, Professional Liability
    • Mediator on the Mediation Panel, USDC, Central District of California, 2012-2017
    • Arbitrator, Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), 2013-2016
    • Member on Insurance Coverage, Professional Liability, Directors and Officers Liability, and Fidelity and Surety Law, American Bar Association Litigation Section and TIPS Section, 1985-present
    • Board of Directors, Public Counsel, 2003-2007
    • President and member of the Board of Trustees, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 1989-2006
    • Member of the Board of Directors of Paragon International Insurance Brokers, Lloyds of London, 1996-2002
    • President and member of the board, Hope-Net, an interfaith and homeless charity, 1989-2001
    • Top 10 plaintiff’s verdict in California, 1996
    • President and Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 1987-1995
  • ADR Profiles

Background and Education

  • Partner and Co-Chair, Complex Litigation Department, Bingham McCutchen, 2007-2012
  • Partner, Managing Partner, General Counsel, Chair of Litigation Department, Alschuler Grossman, 1995-2007
  • The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2011
  • J.D., with honors, The George Washington University Law School
  • B.A., with honors, Claremont McKenna College


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