Mr. Liskin handles a wide range of complex litigation matters. His recent areas of practice include entertainment, intellectual property and general commercial litigation. He has represented clients in litigation matters involving profit participation, music royalties, contract, fraud, patent rights, defamation, unfair competition and employment disputes. He has represented clients in state and federal courts in trial and appellate matters. Mr. Liskin assisted in drafting an Amicus Brief to the United States Supreme Court that was cited by the majority opinion in a First Amendment case.
- Representing the executive producer of the hit television series Bones in a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox Television, the Fox network and affiliated companies. The plaintiff alleges that 20th Century Fox Television cheated him out of his share of profits from the show, and that network executives threatened to cancel the series if he did not accept a lower licensing fee from Fox. The suit is currently pending in Los Angeles Superior Court.
- Representing the creator, writer, and executive producer of the worldwide hit television series The Walking Dead, and leading talent agency CAA, in a suit against the AMC television network. The plaintiffs allege that AMC produced the show and licensed it for broadcast to itself for license fees well below market rates, resulting in diminished profits for the show and its participants. The suit is currently pending in New York.
- Represented the creators, writers, and executive producers of the hit television series Smallville in a suit against Warner Bros. Television (the studio that produced the show), The CW network (the network that broadcast the show) and other Time Warner entities. The plaintiffs alleged that Warner Bros. Television licensed the show for broadcast on its affiliated “sister” network The WB (which became The CW) for fees well below market rate, resulting in diminished profits for the show.
- Represented producer Tony Thomas and his ex-wife against their former business manager and attorney in a lawsuit that went to trial on the issue of whether the defendants had wrongly received over $1.5 million in profits from the sale of one of Thomas’s real estate holdings.
- Represented Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc., the producer of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” in a defamation suit brought by a hairstylist on the series. The case was successfully dismissed on summary judgment.
Admissions, Memberships & Qualifications
- Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2015-2019)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, III in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
- California and Texas Bars (Member)
- University of Southern California, B.A., 1996
- Roskilde University in Denmark, M.A., 2004
- University of Texas School of Law (Associate Editor, Texas Law Review, high honors, Order of the Coif.), J.D., 2008