Eric J. German

Legal Expertise

Entertainment, copyright and trademark counseling, transactions, negotiations and litigation, primarily in the areas of music, television, film, fashion and apparel, video games and computer software.


Representative Matters

  • Day-to-day representation and counseling of various recording artists, songwriters, record labels, music publishing companies, video game publishers, and fashion and apparel brands.
  • Successfully defended award-winning writer, producer, and television network in federal court against claims of copyright infringement concerning popular television series.
  • Successfully represented Take2 Interactive and Rockstar Games in a trademark infringement lawsuit before U.S. District Court and Court of Appeals alleging the company's game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" infringes upon the marks of a Los Angeles business establishment.
  • Successfully represented the recording industry in its copyright infringement lawsuits against KaZaA, Grokster, and Napster P2P file-sharing services.
  • Successfully represented radio station defendant before the California Court of Appeal in case concerning station’s alleged failure to investigate the accuracy of its advertisers' claims.
  • Successfully represented major record companies in litigation against owners and operators of flea markets/swap meets in California, Texas, and New Jersey where vendors repeatedly sold infringing CDs.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of the motion picture industry in its suit against the manufacturer of DVD-copying software for violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • Successfully defended major beauty products manufacturer at jury trial on trademark and unfair competition suit.
  • Successfully obtained permanent injunction on behalf of major consumer products company in false advertising matter.
Eric J. German

Partner - Los Angeles

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Education Collapse

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1997; magna cum laude
    Note Editor, Boston University Law Review
  • Syracuse University, B.S., 1992

Court Admissions Collapse

  • California, 2002
  • New York, 1999
  • USDC, Central District of California, 2004
  • USDC, Eastern District of California, 2003
  • USDC, Northern District of California, 2004
  • USDC, Eastern District of New York, 2000
  • USDC, Southern District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2007

Professional Recognition Expand

  • "Top 5% of lawyers in Southern California," Southern California Super Lawyers (2005, 2010, 2012-2014)

Publications and Presentations Expand

Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations Expand

  • Part-Time Instructor, “Law for Music and Entertainment,” Television-Radio-Film of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and The Bandier Program at Syracuse University - L.A. (2011-2015)
  • Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University's Los Angeles Semester program "Reconciling Arts and Commerce" (2009-2010)

Other Career Experience Expand

  • Proskauer Rose LLP, 1998-2002
  • Served as law clerk to the Hon. Thomas G. Nelson, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1997-1998