Mr. Reynolds specializes in entertainment-related disputes and complex business litigation. He has substantial trial, arbitration and appellate experience. He has been widely quoted in the media as an authority on intellectual property and entertainment disputes. Recent honors include recognition by U.S. News & World Report as one of its “Best Lawyers in America” in the category of Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television, in addition to selection by Variety in its Legal Impact Report for 2015 as one of the leading lawyers in the entertainment business, and by Law360 as a Rising Star of 2015, an elite group of 144 attorneys under 40 chosen from 1,200 nominees.
Mr. Reynolds began his career as an associate at the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, where he focused upon disputes relating to the motion picture and television industries. Mr. Reynolds represented various studios in lawsuits involving distribution rights, merchandising and licensing rights, profit participation and other accounting issues, contractual disputes, and intellectual property disputes.
In 2006, Mr. Reynolds decided to change from primarily studio representation to talent side representation. He joined Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP in August 2006 and since that time, has represented numerous celebrity clients such as Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Robert Duvall, Kate Hudson, Reggie Bush, the Kardashian Family, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Billy Blanks, Danny DeVito, Paris Hilton, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, and the Estate of Bradley Nowell. Mr. Reynolds has also represented numerous independent entertainment and media companies while at Kinsella Weitzman, including Media Rights Capital and Bell-Phillip Television Productions.
Jeremiah Reynolds has represented numerous clients involved in the most high profile media and entertainment related lawsuits in the United States. The following are descriptions of the cases he has been involved in:
Mr. Reynolds represented five-division world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s team in negotiations with Filipino world champion Manny Pacquiao in connection with what will likely be the richest prizefight in history. The bout is expected to generate as much as $400 million in gross revenue.
Mr. Reynolds represented screenwriter, Mark Boal, and director, Kathryn Bigelow, in a lawsuit brought by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, an Iraq war veteran, who alleged his rights of publicity were violated and he was defamed by the movie “The Hurt Locker.” The suit was dismissed, with Sarver ordered to pay the attorney fees of all involved. Mr. Reynolds argued on behalf of Mr. Boal and Ms. Bigelow before the Ninth Circuit. A decision on Sarver’s appeal to the Ninth Circuit is expected early this year.
He represented baseball player Ryan Braun in a lawsuit brought by a former friend of Braun’s who claimed that Braun had defamed him. The lawsuit was dismissed in August 2014.
Mr. Reynolds has represented Justin Bieber for approximately three years and is presently representing pop singer Justin Bieber in a wide variety of legal matters.
Mr. Reynolds currently represents filmmaker Oren Peli, creator of “Paranormal Activity,” in various legal proceedings.
He represented Sharon Osbourne in a lawsuit claiming she breached an oral agreement to help design and promote a jewelry line on the Home Shopping Network. The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit against Ms. Osbourne.
He represents Michael Keaton in a lawsuit brought by a producer of Keaton’s directorial debut, “The Merry Gentleman,” alleging that Keaton had breached his directing agreement. The case was dismissed on summary judgment in December 2014 and is on appeal.
He presently represents film distributor Johnny Lin and his company Studio Solutions Group in several legal proceedings.
He presently represents boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in a lawsuit in Nevada brought by Top Rank, Inc.
He has been involved in a team of attorneys representing the Michael Jackson Estate since shortly after the singer’s death. He currently represents the Estate in numerous ongoing matters, including, for example, lawsuits filed by creditors of the Estate and lawsuits filed by the Estate to enforce its intellectual property rights.
He represented Jennifer Lopez’s manager, Benny Medina, in a lawsuit brought by Ms. Lopez’s former limousine driver for wrongful termination and other claims. The Los Angeles Superior Court dismissed Mr. Medina from the lawsuit.
He represented Jennifer Lopez in a lawsuit brought by a former employee of her production company. The case was voluntarily dismissed.
He presently represents the Estate of Bradley Nowell, deceased lead singer of Sublime, in various matters.
He has represented singer Paul Anka in a defamation case that Mr. Anka brought against his ex-wife.
He represented Kate Hudson in a lawsuit brought by a hair product manufacturer that claimed that a company that Hudson endorsed had stolen its trade secrets. The case was voluntarily dismissed.
He represented Tae Bo Founder Billy Blanks in a lawsuit involving Mr. Blanks’s former martial arts studio.
He represented Ray William Johnson, best known for his YouTube series “Equals Three,” in a copyright lawsuit.
He has represented Media Rights Capital in various matters, including a lawsuit against the Estate of Philip K. Dick.
Honors & Awards
Law360’s Rising Stars of 2015, Media & Entertainment category (144 attorneys under 40 chosen from 1,200 nominees). Read Law360‘s interview with Jeremiah on his success, including his approach to good legal representation.
“Rising Star,” Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine (2006-2008, 2013-2015).
“Super Lawyer,” Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine (2016-2017).
Publications & Speaking Engagements
“A Guide to the Laws of Selling Celebrity Sex Tapes: Why Kendra Must Have Consented,” Huffington Post, July 2, 2010.
“Defending Boilerplate,” Los Angeles Lawyer, December 2008.
“Attorney Liability for Reliance on Client Statements,” Los Angeles County Bar Update, April 2007.
“Hollywood Lesson on Cooperation vs. Conflict of Interest,” Los Angeles County Bar Update, December 9, 2006.
“Court Shouldn’t Have Tossed Novelist DA Off Case,” Daily Journal, October 26, 2006.
“Proposed Changes in Conduct Rules Need Lawyers’ Comments,” Daily Journal, September 21, 2006.
“Make Sure Contractual Limits On Liability Are Enforceable,” Daily Journal, August 25, 2005.
“Fate of Cubs legend Ernie Banks’ body remains unclear, weeks after his death,” The Guardian, February 19, 2015.
“Judge’s ruling a victory for documentarians,” Variety, February 22, 2013.
“Superman Heirs, DC Comics Appeal Copyright Case,” Bloomberg News, November 5, 2012.
“Judge says anti-Muslim clip can stay on YouTube,” Associated Press, September 21, 2012.
“Postmortem publicity fights rise,” Daily Journal, September 20, 2012.
“Tupac Hologram Leads The Way For Digital Resurrections Of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe,” Associated Press, August 21, 2012.
“Can A Sequel Undermine a Classic Film?,” Daily Variety, July 20, 2012.
“The legal stickiness of remakes,” Daily Journal, May 8, 2012.
“Justices Pick Arbitration for Fee Dispute,” Daily Journal, February 21, 2008.
“Rulings change talent managing game,” The National Law Journal, March 3, 2008.