Pierce Law Group, LLP

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.

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 | East Tower
Beverly Hills CA 90212

Phone

310-274-9191

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free 30-minute virtual consultation!

Hourly Rates

Regular Hourly Rates range depending on the attorney performing the legal services on your behalf; call for more details!

Office Information

Office Hours

9:30AM - 6:30PM (PSDT/PDT)

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Intellectual Property

We are one of LA's premier boutique entertainment law firms providing services for clients throughout the US and around the world.

License and Use Agreements
Copyright Law
Trademark and Unfair Competition Law
Rights of Publicity and Privacy
Internet & New Media
Labor & Employment
Corporate Finance

David Pierce

Pierce Law Group, LLP

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

Pierce Law Group, LLP

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,

Cassandra Johnson

Pierce Law Group, LLP

Cassandra Johnson is an entertainment attorney at Pierce Law Group and handles both transaction and civil litigation matters. Cassandra's practice focuses on film finance, corporate entities and corporate governance. Cassandra also handles copyright and trademark matters, performs chain of title analysis, assesses content for clearance issues, and advises on guild/ union agreements.

Prior to joining Pierce Law Group Cassandra was a Junior Partner at a mid- sized defense firm located in downtown Los Angeles, where she specialized in defending self-insured employers, insurance carriers and third party administrators in all phases of discovery and litigation.

Cassandra attended Cornell University where she received numerous awards and accolades. Following Cornell, Cassandra attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Labor and Employment law. Cassandra is an Executive Board Member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Section and a member of the Association of Entertainment and Media Counsel.

BAR ADMISSIONS:
State Bar of California
USDC, Central District of California

AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Contract Drafting

Guild Agreements

Publicity and Privacy

Trademarks & Copyrights

Intellectual Property

Labor and Employment

Reality TV/Docu-series Agreements

Corporate Law

Entity Formation

Corporate Structuring

Corporate Maintenance

Education

Cornell University
Bachelor of Science,

University of Pennsylvania
Juris Doctorate,

John R. Baldivia

Pierce Law Group, LLP

CIVIL LITIGATION / MUSIC LAW
John R. Baldivia is a partner at Pierce Law Group LLP whose practice includes civil litigation involving entertainment, intellectual property, labor & employment, judgment enforcement, as well as negotiating music industry contracts for both artists and independent labels/publishers. John brings to the team a wealth of knowledge in music industry custom and practice, as well as copyright litigation, intellectual property, and judgment enforcement. John has obtained judgments on behalf of many Pierce Law Group LLP's clients, and successfully negotiated favorable settlements for plaintiffs in both copyright disputes and labor & employment matters.

Prior to joining Pierce Law Group LLP, John practiced in copyright litigation for the plaintiff side. He comes from a background as a music industry professional, having worked 10 years in digital content for both major label and independent music distribution. John completed his J.D. at Southwestern Law School’s evening program while working full time in the music industry. John has served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Michael R. Wilner with the U.S. Court in Central District of California, where he researched and reviewed extensive case materials in state habeas actions. He served as staff for the Southwestern Journal of International Law, where he published an article on the music industry in China.

John received his undergraduate degree in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management at Columbia College Chicago. He is presently an active member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association in the Entertainment Law section and the Southwestern Nickel Alumni Club, the Philippine American Bar Association, and California Society of Entertainment Lawyers. John has also been an active member of the syllabus committee for the USC-BHBA Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, as well as co-chair of the BHBA Entertainment Year in Review programs.

BAR ADMISSIONS:
State Bar of California
USDC, Central District of California

AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Civil Litigation
Music Law

Education

Columbia College Chicago
Bachelor of Arts,

Southwestern Law School - Los Angeles
Juris Doctorate,