SOURCE: Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

May 04, 2009 11:58 ET

John M. Gatti Joins Entertainment Practice at Stroock as Chair of Its Entertainment Litigation Practice

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 4, 2009) - Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Miami, announced today that John M. Gatti, recently recognized as one of Hollywood's top 100 entertainment lawyers, joined as Chair of its entertainment and media litigation practice. Gatti joins the Los Angeles office's entertainment practice that includes well-known entertainment finance and transactional attorneys Schuyler Moore, Matthew Thompson, and Jeff Shumway and entertainment litigators Barry Langberg and Daniel Rozansky.

Gatti comes to Stroock with more than 21 years of complex business litigation experience, with an emphasis in the entertainment and media industries. Gatti possesses substantial trial experience and he is best known for the landmark case, Alan Ladd, Jr., et al. v. Warner Bros. Entertainment in which he successfully represented Alan Ladd, Jr. and Jay Kanter.

Gatti's addition marks the second significant partner to join Stroock's expanding entertainment practice in a little over a month. "Stroock continues to build our entertainment practice with some of the best attorneys in the nation," said long-time Stroock entertainment partner Schuyler Moore. "John's litigation experience and phenomenal track record will be an asset to all our clients." Daniel Rozansky noted, "Adding John to chair our entertainment litigation practice gives us one of Hollywood's top litigators. It is rare to find someone with John's talent and trial experience."

"I'm enthusiastic about expanding the entertainment litigation practice at Stroock and working with Stroock's exceptional attorneys," Gatti said. "Partnering with top-level attorneys in a growing practice with A-list clients will be an exciting challenge, and I look forward to it."

Barry Langberg, founder of Stroock's entertainment and media litigation practice added, "John is an exceptionally well-regarded member of the entertainment litigation bar and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm."

At his previous firm, Greenberg Traurig, Gatti was involved in representing studios, television networks, independent entertainment production companies and talent involved in the media, entertainment, sports, Internet and videogame industries. These representations included actions for breach of contract, copyright infringement, prosecution and defense of profit participation claims, idea submission claims, media torts, including defamation, invasion of privacy, and right to publicity and use of celebrity name and likeness in all media. Gatti received his law degree (1988) and undergraduate degree (1985) from the University of Southern California, graduating magna cum laude.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity firms in the U.S. and abroad. Stroock's emphasis on client service and innovation has made it one of the nation's leading law firms for 130 years. Stroock's practice areas include capital markets/securities, commercial finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity, private funds, derivatives and commodities, employment law and benefits, energy and project finance, entertainment, environmental law, financial restructuring, financial services litigation, insurance, intellectual property, investment management, litigation, personal client services, real estate, structured finance and tax. For more information, please visit Stroock's website at www.stroock.com.

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