Lucia E. Coyoca

Legal Expertise

Extensive jury and bench trial, arbitration, appellate, and mediation experience.

Broad entertainment industry experience, including film investment disputes, accounting disputes as to sales of films and syndicated television programming, "back-end" contingent compensation claims, copyright, idea submission and other intellectual property claims.

Insurance industry expertise focused on the representation of insured clients in disputes over coverage for employment, media & film production claims, securities, and business interruption claims.  Also represented California Insurance Commissioner in matters involving conservation of insolvent insurers.

Represent employers in a wide range of employment disputes, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and trade secret/unfair competition cases.


Representative Matters

  • Ongoing representation of studio in connection with disputes regarding contingent participation claims.
  • Ongoing representation of studio in connection with production insurance coverage claim against insurer regarding relocation of production costs.
  • Won $50 million jury trial verdict for client in breach of fiduciary lawsuit tried in Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • Represented prevailing party in AAA arbitration in contingent compensation dispute as to participation in particular lines of revenue.
  • Successfully represented motion picture producer in connection with cast coverage claim against insurer.
  • Successfully represented motion picture financiers and investors in connection with a number of film financing disputes.
  • Successfully represented numerous clients compelling insurance coverage for employment, media production, director & officer, fidelity claims.
  • Successfully defended large national clothing manufacturer in several high-profile employment-related lawsuits
  • Successfully resolved claims asserted by motion picture celebrities for alleged misappropriation of name, likeness & image.
  • Represented prevailing parties in numerous Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) arbitrations for film production and distribution companies concerning film and television distribution agreements.


Lucia E. Coyoca

Partner - Los Angeles

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  (310) 312-3250


  (310) 231-8444
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Industry Focus

Entertainment and insurance.

Education Collapse

  • University of California Davis School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • University of California Los Angeles, B.A., 1983

Court Admissions Collapse

  • California
  • USDC, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Recognition Expand

  • California, "Attorneys of the Year," The Recorder (2012)
  • "500 Leading Lawyers in America," Lawdragon (2012)
  • "Top 5% of lawyers in Southern California," Southern California Super Lawyers (2005-2010, 2012-2015)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Publications and Presentations Expand

Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations Expand


  • Southern California Regional Co-Chair, ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
  • ABA Section of Litigation Leadership – Professional Development Committee 
  • Co-Chair, Woman Advocate Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation
  • Board of Directors, Legal Momentum (formerly known as NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund)
  • Diversity Committee, Managing Partners Roundtable
  • California State Bar Committee on Status of Diversity in the Profession
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Public Counsel
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation, Mock Trial Coach, 2011, 2012, 2013