Fish Out of Water: How Entertainment Attorneys Can Win in Arbitration



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June 28, 2022
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About the Program

Arbitration has become an increasingly common forum for the resolution of entertainment industry disputes. Yet many experienced entertainment attorneys can feel as much of a fish out of water in arbitration as Axel Foley did in Beverly Hills Cop or as Ted Lasso does on a British soccer field. This program is designed for transactional and litigation attorneys who negotiate entertainment deals and litigate entertainment disputes. The program will teach attendees:

  • Best practices for drafting arbitration provisions for entertainment industry agreements to insure confidential, cost-effective, and efficient resolution of entertainment disputes, as well as to gain an advantage for clients and achieve worldwide enforcement of final arbitration awards.
  • Practice tips for trying and winning your entertainment arbitration case, and how and why it differs from trying a case in court.
  • Special ethical and practical challenges that may come up in entertainment arbitrations and how to deal with them.
  • How to make arbitration an even better experience for attorneys and clients than court litigation.
Meet the Speakers
Paul E. Burns


Partner/Arbitrator, Procopio Adjunct Professor of Law, Pepperdine’s No. 1 Ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

Paul concentrates his practice in intellectual property litigation, counseling and transactions, as well as commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation. Based primarily in Los Angeles, he also practices in Procopio’s Scottsdale office. He has acted as lead counsel or co-counsel in patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and technology-related contract litigation involving Fortune 1000, Global 500 and public and private companies all over the United States, as well as Europe and Asia.

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Aaron Gothelf


Vice President, Commercial Division for the Pacific Region American Arbitration Association

Aaron Gothelf is Vice President of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Division for the Pacific Region, overseeing California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. He serves as the National Chair of AAA’s Entertainment Dispute Resolution Advisory Council, and the Western U.S. Chair for AAA’s Healthcare Dispute Resolution Advisory Council. Prior to joining AAA, Aaron was the Northern California Regional Director for Judicate West, a leading provider of mediation and arbitration services in California.  

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Neville L. Johnson


Senior Partner Johnson & Johnson LLP

Neville L. Johnson is Senior Partner at Johnson & Johnson. Neville L. Johnson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley (1971). He received his law degree from Southwestern Law School (1975), graduating near the top of his class. He has tried over 28 civil jury trials and over 70 civil trials and arbitrations without a jury. He is a member of the invitation-only American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is on the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA since 2005), the Board of Directors of the national organization Public Justice, and on the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association 2013-2015 and 2020-2022 (BHBA). Johnson is a long-time member of the invitation-only Los Angeles Copyright Society, and on the Board of The California Society of Entertainment Lawyers.

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