Adam Levin

Legal Expertise

Representation of employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including serving as lead counsel in numerous employment discrimination, wrongful termination and trade secret/unfair competition cases, labor arbitrations, National Labor Relations Board hearings, and other administrative proceedings. Counsels clients on compliance with FMLA, ADA, Title VII, FEHA, FLSA, ERISA, NLRA and state employment laws. Negotiates and drafts executive employment agreements. Representation of clients in litigation involving right of publicity, invasion of privacy and related claims involving models, celebrities and performing artists.


Representative Matters

  • Represented ABC, Touchstone Pictures and “Desperate Housewives” executive producer Marc Cherry against claims of wrongful termination, battery and unlawful retaliation brought by former “Housewives” star Nicolette Sheridan. Mr. Levin obtained dismissal of all claims and all defendants, except fought to a hung jury on the last claim against Touchstone. Mr. Levin continues to represent the defendants on Appeal.
  • Successfully represented Warner Bros. Television Production, an independent production company and several individual writers in a high-profile, wrongful termination and harassment suit brought by a former writer's assistant for the hit TV show "Friends." After obtaining summary judgment and an award of $415,000 in attorneys' fees, argued the case of Lyle v. Warner Brothers Television Production before the California Supreme Court, resulting in a unanimous decision in favor of our clients. Lyle v. Warner Brothers Television Production, 38 Cal. 4th 264 (2006).  Watch Oral Arguments Before California State Supreme Court - February 14, 2006. 
  • Successfully defended talent agency Todd Shemarya Artists in a discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination action.  After trying the case to a Los Angeles Superior Court jury for almost two weeks, the jury deliberated for a mere 30 minutes before returning a verdict for our client on all causes of action.  Read The Hollywood Reporter story on the case. 
  • Successfully defended a major record company in a discrimination action by an aspiring recording artist. Obtained dismissal of the action with prejudice, which the Ninth Circuit affirmed on appeal. Flores v. Elektra Records, 124 Fed. Appx. 502, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 2346 (9th Cir. 2005). 
  • Chief negotiator on numerous entertainment industry collective bargaining agreements.
  • Recently represented a national clothing retailer in two purported wage and hour class actions in California. Both settled on favorable terms. 
  • Defended client in breach of contract action by former employee. Obtained judgment for defendant at trial. Rosen v. Homestore, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court. 
  • Handled numerous trade secret/unfair competition cases, including obtaining a temporary restraining order for an employer enjoining a former employee from working for a competitor.
  • Represented a publicly traded, online real estate company in a purported wage and hour class action in California. 
  • Handled threatened class action against major aerospace corporation, including defeating attempt to certify a class, obtaining summary judgment, and obtaining affirmance by the U. S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. 
  • Acted as in-house counsel for major motion picture studios (1996-1998; 2001-2002).
Adam  Levin

Partner - Los Angeles

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Industry Focus

Motion picture and television; video game; fashion; advertising; broadcast

Education Collapse

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1991; magna cum laude
    San Diego Law Review
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., 1988
    Distinguished Scholar; National Political Science Honor Society

Court Admissions Collapse

  • California, 1991
  • USDC, Central District of California, 1991
  • USDC, Northern District of California, 1993
  • USDC, Southern District of California, 1993
  • USDC, Eastern District of California, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1997

Professional Recognition Expand

  • "Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers of 2014”, National Law Journal
  • "Leading Labor & Employment Lawyers in California," Chambers USA (2011-2015)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of:
    • Employment Law Management (2011-2015)
    • Labor Law - Management (2011-2015)
    • Litigation - Labor and Employment (2011-2015)
  • "Top 100 Power Lawyers," The Hollywood Reporter (2011-2014)
  • "Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys," Human Resource Executive (2012-2015)
  • "Top Labor & Employment Lawyers in California," The Daily Journal (2011)
  • "40 Up & Comer Employment Attorneys," Human Resource Executive (2011)
  • "Top 5% of lawyers in Southern California," Southern California Super Lawyers (2004-2015)
  • Award for Employment, California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) (2007)
  • "The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys," Lawdragon (2009) 
  • "Top 20 Lawyers Under Age 40 in California," Daily Journal (2005)
  • "New Stars New Worlds," a survey of top lawyers throughout the United States, Lawdragon 500
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Publications and Presentations Expand

Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations Expand

  • Co-chair, 26th Annual Entertainment Industry Labor and Employment Law Conference (December 2015)
  • MS&K Governing Board
  • Legal Committee, Employers Group 
  • Theatre L.A. (Member, Board of Governors) 
  • Co-chair, 11th Annual Entertainment Industry Labor and Employment Law Conference (December 2000) 
  • Co-chair, 10th Annual Entertainment Industry Labor and Employment Law Conference (December 1999)

Other Career Experience Expand

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. A. Andrew Hauk, USDC, Central District of California (1991-1992) 
  • Extern to United States Court of Appeals Judge J. Clifford Wallace, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1990)
  • Intern to the Hon. Gwyneth Dunwoody, Member of Parliament, UK (1987)