Lucia Coyoca is the Co-Chair of MSK and a partner in MSK’s Entertainment & IP Litigation Practice Group, based in the Los Angeles office. She is an experienced business litigator, serving as lead counsel in numerous jury trial cases and has broad bench trial, arbitration and mediation experience. She also has extensive appellate experience in the California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit.
With broad entertainment industry expertise, Ms. Coyoca has litigated multiple profit participation, film investment, and other accounting disputes as to sales and licensing of films and television programming. She also has represented clients in breach of contract disputes involving motion picture and television distribution and licensing rights, rights of publicity and privacy, credit, and idea misappropriation claims.
In addition, Ms. Coyoca has extensive labor and employment expertise, representing employers in employment disputes, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and trade secret/unfair competition cases. She also represents insureds in disputes with their carriers over coverage for employment, media & film production claims, general liability and business interruption claims.
- Ongoing representation of distributor in dispute regarding contingent profit participation claims.
- First-chaired multiple lawsuits and arbitrations in claims against entertainment industry employers, involving race and gender discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower claims.
- Successfully defended multiple entertainment companies in arbitrations involving claims under various Guild agreements.
- Successfully prosecuted claims on behalf of studio in connection with production insurance coverage claim against insurer regarding production relocation costs.
- Won $50 million jury trial verdict for client in breach of fiduciary lawsuit tried in Los Angeles Superior Court.
- Represented prevailing parties in multiple AAA, JAMS, and other arbitrations in accounting disputes involving profit participation claims. Successfully represented motion picture producer in connection with cast coverage claim against insurer.
- Successfully represented motion picture financiers and investors in connection with film financing dispute.
- Successfully represented numerous clients compelling insurance coverage for employment, media production, director & officer, and fidelity claims.
- Successfully resolved claims asserted 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.
Honors & Awards
- "Most Influential Women Attorneys," Los Angeles Business Journal (2018)
- 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, 2012-2023)
- AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Professional, Business and civic Affiliations
- Member, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
- 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
- January 10, 2023
- Business Wire , June 1, 2022
- January 20, 2022
- May 27, 2021
- January 21, 2021
- March 4, 2020
- January 30, 2019
- April 16, 2018
- April 25, 2017
- January 20, 2017
- June 20, 2016
- January 20, 2016
- November 21, 2014
- February 2014
- January 2014
- March 25, 2013
- January 2013
- September 10, 2012
- MSK Secures $50 Million Jury Award for David Bergstein in Legal Malpractice Case Against Former In-House CounselAugust 24, 2012
- January 27, 2012
- January 23, 2012
- January 26, 2010
- January 30, 2009
- November 21, 2008
- January 30, 2008
- March 23, 2005
- Unringing the Waiver Bell: What To Do When Privileged Information Is Inadvertently DisclosedFebruary 2013
- ABA's The Woman Advocate, 2nd Edition, May 2010
- New Limits on Expert Discovery, Evaluating Early District Court attempts to Interpret the New RuleFebruary 2010
- Published numerous articles on diversity, insurance coverage, and entertainment related issues
- The Diversity Dilemma: Another Victim of the Bad Economy?February 2010
Events & Speaking Engagements
- True GritMay 2015
- Developing Law Regarding 2010 Amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26May 2015
- Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Information: Avoiding WaiverFebruary 2015
- Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Information: Avoiding WaiverMay 2014
- Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Information: Avoiding WaiverMay 2013
- Ethics of Cloud ComputingApril 2013
- Punitive DamagesFebruary 2012
- February 15, 2012
- February 10, 2012
- Ethical Challenges in Preparing Witnesses and Working with Experts: Best Practices to Avoid Unethical Coaching of Lay and Expert WitnessesJanuary 2012
- Staying the Course: Overcoming Challenges over the Decades of a Legal CareerFebruary 2011
- The Diversity DilemmaFebruary 2010
- Entertainment Law in ReviewJanuary 2010
- U.S. District Court
- Central District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals
- Ninth Circuit
University of California Davis School of Law, J.D., 1986
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1983