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Gilbert S. Lee

Associate - los angeles

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Gilbert Lee is a competitive cyclist when he’s not in the court room, clocking more than 5,000 miles per year. If you ask him what he thinks about while on the road the answer might surprise you. This innovative and self-deprecating lawyer dissects his cases as he feels the ground pass beneath him. What started as a way to get in to shape has evolved in to incessant pursuit of how far he can push himself, on and off the bike. With analogies abound between cycling and law, Gilbert sees himself constantly working towards perfecting his hobby and his craft.

Gilbert didn’t realize when he started cycling that there was an element of teamwork involved. But he quickly learned that you can go faster and farther with a team than alone, not dissimilar to litigating. Gilbert tackles his cases for his clients with the same collaborative perspective. Over the years, he has worked with his colleagues on some of the highest profile trademark cases in the country, producing inventive results. Analytical, persuasive and independent thinking are part of a litigator’s life. And that started early for Gilbert back in his home state of New Jersey when he found success in competitive speech and debate high school.

Gilbert combines his intellectual sensibilities with his competitive cycling persona every day. Don’t be surprised if you see Gilbert whistling through the streets of Los Angeles on his stealth black Wilier bicycle; he just might be contemplating your case.

Experience

Legal Expertise

General commercial litigation with additional expertise in intellectual property and class action matters. Background ranging from strategic consulting of businesses, to preparation of cases for trial, to extensive background in handling cases on appeal.

Representative Matters

Commercial Litigation:

  • Won dismissal of a false-advertising suit against a beverage manufacturer.
  • Won dismissal of a tax-fraud suit against a multinational bank.
  • Currently representing provider of gas products in multiple product-liability lawsuits.
  • Currently representing company in D&O litigation involving a negotiated sale of the company.
  • Strategic consulting with businesses regarding advertising materials.

Intellectual Property & Entertainment:

  • Won summary judgment for Activision in a trademark lawsuit over the game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.”
  • Won summary judgment for Activision in a breach-of-contract lawsuit over the game “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.”
  • Currently representing record companies in a copyright lawsuit against a major website featuring “user-generated” video content.
  • Strategic consulting for print-cartridge manufacturer on piracy issues.

Class Action:

  • Defended retail corporation in labor class-action lawsuits on appeal, including before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Supreme Court.
  • Defended movie theater company in consumer class action on appeal before the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.

Appellate:

  • Successfully defended multinational petroleum company in three federal circuit courts concerning appeals arising out of international environmental lawsuit.
  • Currently representing Activision in a breach-of-contract lawsuit over the game “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.”
  • Represented group of minority California voters in an appeal involving the first injunction under state Voting Rights Act.

Other Career Experience

  • Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Harris Hartz, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

News

Events & Speaking Engagements

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court
  •    Central District of CA
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  •    Tenth Circuit

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2008; Order of the Coif; magna cum laude

Princeton University, B.A., 2004

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