Pierce Law Group, LLP

PIERCE LAW GROUP LLP is one of Los Angeles' pre-eminent boutique entertainment law firms, dedicated to providing a wide variety of legal services and achieving cost-effective results for our clients throughout the United States and the world.

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Firm Overview

Our firm has vast experience in all areas of practice important to entertainment businesses, including domestic and international production counsel services, finance, corporate set up and structuring, securities law and private placements, intellectual property (including copyright and trademark registration), motion picture distribution deals, rights allocation agreements, and labor and employment law counseling.

Pierce Law Group LLP's practice covers both transactional and litigation with an emphasis on counseling for litigation avoidance. Our firm's combination of expertise and experience in these practice areas is rare among boutique law firms and makes PIERCE LAW GROUP LLP uniquely suited to serve our clients' varied needs.
Main Office

Main Office
9100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 225 Tower
Beverly Hills  CA  90212

Phone
  • 310-274-9191
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property
License and Use Agreements
Copyright Law
Trademark and Unfair Competition Law
Rights of Publicity and Privacy
Internet and E-Commerce
Domain Name Registration and Maintenance

David Pierce

Practice Areas
General entertainment law, employment and labor law issues in the film and television industry, intellectual property, internet/new technology law, securities law and film finance, clearance and rights issues.

Bar Admissions
-California

Memberships
-Beverly Hills Bar Association (Entertainment Law Section, Barristers Committee For The Arts)
-California Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
-American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
-American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and
Sports Industries

Education & Biography
David Albert Pierce is Managing Member of PIERCE LAW GROUP LLP. David predominately represents independent film and television production companies, including some of the most respected companies in Hollywood. David's production counsel practice is diverse and includes representation and counseling in the areas of entertainment law; employment & labor law issues in the film & TV industry; intellectual property; internet/new media law; securities law/film finance, clearance & rights issues, as well as matters concerning crisis management on the set. David is a frequent lecturer on the legal issues confronting the entertainment industry, and has served as an adjunct professor at UCLA Extension on "Organizing, Financing and Running A Start-Up Entertainment Production Company" for the past 10 years. David is also a frequent lecturer at film festivals around the country. He is a regular columnist for MovieMaker Magazine and is the author of several entertainment law articles.

David earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Cornell Law School with a concentration in Business Law & Regulation. While at Cornell, he was an editor of the Cornell Law and Public Policy Journal and a member of the Entertainment & Sports Law Association. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he majored in Political Science and minored in Business. David is originally from Niagara Falls, New York.

David is admitted to the State Bar of California. He is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association's Entertainment Law Section, the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries, the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Committee For The Arts, the Independent Feature Project/West, and the American Film Institute. David is the former Chairman of the Beverly Hills Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law section, and is a member of the Labor & Employment Law sections of the American Bar Association, and the California Bar Association.
Education
  • Cornell Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Anthony J. Hanna

Practice Areas
Entertainment law, production counsel, entertainment union advice/counsel, wage hour law, workplace safety issues, child labor issues and child actor court ratification matters, film distribution, litigation, including business, employment & labor law issues, right of privacy and copyright.

Bar Admissions
-California
-United States District Court, Central District of California
-United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
-United States Supreme Court

Education
-Juris Doctorate, University of West Los Angeles Law School
-B.S. California State University Long Beach

Articles
-"Court Ratification Process For Child Actor Employment Contracts," written by Anthony J. Hanna, published by the Beverly Hills Bar Association, April 2011.
-"Blogs, Facebook & Twitter: How Instant Communication Can Help or Hurt Celebrities," co-written by David Albert Pierce & Anthony J. Hanna, published by the Beverly Hills Bar Association, February 2012.

Speaking
-Guest Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University Film School, Inner Workings of the Writer's Guild and Protecting & Understanding Intellectual Property, Winter 2012
-Panelist: Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Section, Child Actors, April 2011

Trade Associations & Membership
-California Bar Association Entertainment Law Section, Labor & Employment Law Section
-Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Section, Executive Committee Member 2011
-Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Biography
Anthony J. Hanna is a Member of Pierce Law Group LLP and works in the practice group areas of litigation, entertainment union issues, wage hour advice, OSHA Safety, and labor and employment issues. Anthony regularly takes the lead in overseeing child actor ratifications for Pierce Law Group's studio and production company clients, including our firm's ongoing representation in the area of child labor matters for all films produced by Lionsgate Film & Television and Nu Image.

Anthony also oversees child labor and child ratification matters for music industry clients. His extensive knowledge of SAG rules, DLSE regulations, and OSHA safety requirements permits Pierce Law Group to assist clients to adeptly navigate the unique bureaucratic maze that often surrounds film, television, and music production.

Prior to joining Pierce Law Group, Anthony worked for the Screen Actors Guild's Theatrical Contracts Department for seven and one-half years. During his time at SAG, Anthony worked on over 2,000 film productions and was widely recognized as one of SAG's foremost liaisons in rectifying issues between producers, the Guild, and its members. Prior to SAG, Anthony practiced general civil litigation for over twelve years. Anthony is active in civic and community affairs and is originally from Los Angeles, California.
Education
  • University of West Los Angeles Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Briana C. Hill

Practice areas
-Negotiating talent, rights acquisition and licensing agreements; motion picture and television production counsel; guild matters; intellectual property; and internet and new technology law.

Bar admissions
-California

Memberships
-Beverly Hills Bar Association (Entertainment and IP /Internet Section & New Media Section)
-Los Angeles County Bar Association (Entertainment Law Section)

Education
-Juris Doctorate, University of California Los Angeles School of Law
-B.A. summa cum laude, Hunter College, City University of New York

Articles
-"Widening the Battlefield: From Emergency Contraception to Birth Control", UCLA Women's Law Journal, Spring 2007

Biography
Briana is an associate at Pierce Law Group LLP and works in the areas of negotiating talent, rights acquisition, and licensing agreements; motion picture and television production counsel; guild matters; intellectual property; and internet and new technology law.

Briana earned B.A. degrees in English and Political Science, summa cum laude, from Hunter College, City University of New York, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her Juris Doctorate from University of California Los Angeles School of Law. While in law school, Briana served as the Articles Editor for the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.

Prior to becoming an attorney Briana worked in the fashion industry as a buyer and merchandiser, and later completed a fellowship in New York State Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's office. Briana is originally from Ithaca, New York.
Education
  • University of California Los Angeles School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Azita Mirzaian

Practice Areas
-Entertainment law litigation; right of publicity matters; trademark and copyright infringement matters; contract disputes; labor and employment law issues in the film industry; and child actor court ratification matters


Biography
Azita Mirzaian is an associate at Pierce Law Group LLP and works in the areas of entertainment litigation, intellectual property matters, right of publicity matters, contract disputes, labor and employment law issues in the film industry, and child actor court ratification matters. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association's Intellectual Property, Internet, and New Media Section.

Azita earned dual degrees in Biology and Fine Art from the University of Southern California, where she was a USC Trustee Scholar. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California, with concentrations in intellectual property law and arts and entertainment law. While in law school, Azita served as the Senior Articles Editor of the USC Review of Law and Social Justice and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Zaven Sinanian, in Los Angeles Superior Court. She was also highly active with USC's Post-Conviction Justice Project Clinic and USC's Public Interest Law Foundation.

Prior to joining Pierce Law Group, Azita did work for Public Counsel Law Center, the nation's largest pro-bono law firm. Azita is originally from Los Angeles, California.


Articles
-"Patent Exhaustion and the Curious Case of Bowman v. Monsanto," published on the Beverly Hills Bar Association IP & New Media Blog, May 2013
-"A Primer on 'Idea Theft' Cases in Film and Television," published on the Beverly Hills Bar Association IP & New Media Blog, October 2012
-"The Utility of Prettiness: Copyright Protection for Mardi Gras Indian Suits in the Era of the Useful Article Analysis," Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, Summer 2012
-"Trouble in the Land of Pinterest," published on the Beverly Hills Bar Association IP & New Media Blog, March 2012

Trade Associations & Memberships
-Beverly Hills Bar Association IP, Internet, and New Media Section Section Vice Chair
-Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Section Executive Committee member
-California Society of Entertainment Lawyers founding member
-Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers Section member
-Public Counsel Law Center attorney volunteer
-Culinary Historians of Southern California member


Education
-Juris Doctorate, University of Southern California
-B.A. University of Southern California


Bar Admissions
-California
-US District Court for the Central District of California
-US District Court for the Northern District of California
Education
  • University of Southern California
    Juris Doctorate

Trea Tran Lachowicz

"Tree" earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School and received her LL.M. in Taxation from San Diego School of Law. Tree specializes in finance, tax ventures, tax credits, corporate formation, film distribution, and general business and corporate law matters.
Education
  • Loyola Law School
    Juris Doctorate
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