Lucia E. Coyoca

Legal Expertise

Extensive jury and bench trial, arbitration, 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, trade secret/unfair competition cases and other administrative matters.


Representative Matters

  • Ongoing representation of motion picture financiers and investors in connection with a number of film financing disputes.
  • Successfully defended a large national clothing manufacturer in several high-profile employment related claims.
  • Successfully resolved claims asserted by motion picture celebrities for alleged misappropriation of name, likeness & image.
  • Represented prevailing party in three 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 industries

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

  • "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

  • Diversity Committee, Managing Partners Roundtable
  • Co-Chair, Woman Advocate Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation 
  • California State Bar Committee on Status of Diversity in the Profession
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Public Counsel
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Legal Momentum (formerly known as NOW Legal Defense & Education Fund)