Caroline Heindel has been practicing law for over two decades, handling complex business and entertainment litigation. In addition, and complementary to her core entertainment competencies, she has experience representing clients in intellectual property, real estate and “business divorce” matters. In addition to entertainment, Ms. Heindel’s practice spans a diverse range of industries, including apparel and retail, biotechnology, commercial and residential real estate and gourmet food.

Representative Matters

  • She is currently defending the Estate of Michael Jackson against a claim to the rights to produce a feature-length motion picture based on Mr. Jackson’s life story
  • At her previous firm, she was a member of the team representing former LA Clippers’ owner Shelly Sterling in a probate battle with her co-owner and husband, resulting in the sale of the team for a record-breaking $2 billion.
  • At her previous firm, she was a member of the team representing Shelly Sterling in her successful efforts to claw back marital property, including real property, gifted by her husband to his mistress without Ms. Sterling’s knowledge or consent.
  • At her previous firm, she was a member of the team representing author Clive Cussler in his 10-year battle, including a 14-week jury trial, over the motion picture “Sahara” and the motion picture rights to his “Dirk Pitt” novel series.

Admissions, Memberships & Qualifications

  • State Bar of California (1997)
  • Board Member/former Chief Financial Officer of the Inner City Law Center (2008 – present)
  • Lecturer In Law, USC Gould School of Law, Legal Writing and Advocacy (2010-2013)

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of 2016 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award (Sterling v. Stiviano)

Education

  • California Polytechnic State University, B.S., 1987
  • Loyola Law School, J.D. (cum laude, Order of the Coif), 1997