Pamela Koslyn, Esq.

Pamela Koslyn, ESQ.

Admissions

CA Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeal, 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Education

Barnard College, Columbia University, NYC, NY (B.A.)
Reading University, Reading, England, U.K.
University of Southern California (J.D.).

Memberships

Los Angeles County Bar Association
State Bar of California (State Bar Number 120605) (Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports section member)
Film INDependent (previously known as Independent Feature Project West)
Past Memberships: CineWomen, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Committee of Bar Examiners (grader of the California bar exam)

Koslyn has been practicing law since 1985, and established her own firm in 1990.

She has litigated a wide variety of entertainment disputes, including recording artists suing their bandmates, recording artists being sued by their bandmates, recording artists suing their record labels, music publishers being sued by their songwriters, personal managers being sued by recording artists, recording artists suing their personal managers, soundtrack producers suing their distributors, former trademark owners being sued by their trademark buyers, joint copyright owners being sued by their co-owners, copyright and trademark owners suing alleged infringers, and alleged infringers being sued by copyright and trademark owners.

One of the first cases she worked on involved the novel claim that religious scripture could be protected as trade secrets (RTC v. Wollersheim). Wollersheim pitted RTC (the Church of Scientology's trademark owner which controlled the Church's scripture), against, among others, newspaper reporters using the "reporter's privilege" to avoid disclosing their sources. A recent 2014 victory in another case involving religion was a California Constitution claim filed in Pismo Beach. Koslyn sued the City Council on behalf of the Freedom of Religion Foundation and an atheist resident of the City because the City appointed an official City Chaplain and opened their City Council meetings with prayer. Most often, these prayers were Christian prayers. Koslyn got the ideal settlement that included all the relief sought in the complaint: the City agreed to stop prayer and to terminate the position of City Chaplain, plus paid Koslyn's and the FFRF"S lawyer's attorneys' fees. The settlement was also remarkable because it happened fast, within a few weeks after the lawsuit was filed.

Koslyn’s most noteworthy trial resulted in winning a $14.3 million jury verdict against Marion "Suge" Knight and Death Row Records on behalf of a music producer and a music publisher (who happened to be in jail at the time for cocaine possession) who owned the rights to music of the rap artist Kurupt. $10 million of this $14.3 million jury verdict was punitive damages, and this was the 8th largest punitive damage award in California during 2000. The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s ruling in favor of Koslyn’s client.

She has been quoted on legal issues in national publications USA Today and People, and has appeared on industry panels at the DIY Convention and University of Southern California, the KPFK radio show Samm Brown's For the Record, and on television shows Entertainment Tonight, the E! Entertainment special, "Women on the 'Net" and web television show “Asked and Answered.”

  Pro bono work includes litigation for the Feminist Majority (Rock for Choice) and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and transactional work for CineWomen, International Global Corps, the Exceptional Children's Foundation, and Center for Inquiry.  Community and pro bono involvement includes grading the California Bar Exam, judging moot court competitons at UCLA and at Pepperdine Law School, and answering a huge and rather ridiculous number of questions on Avvo.com.

Anita Rivas, Of Counsel

Anita Rivas, Of CounselEducation

California State University, Chico (B.A.)
University of California, Los Angeles (J.D.).

Memberships

University of Southern California/Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Institute
State Bar of California (State Bar Number 171681)

Rivas has been practicing law since 1993.

She is one of Southern California's preeminent entertainment attorneys, specializing in music, having represented clients such as Kung Fu Records (Blink 182), Hopeless Records (Avenged Sevenfold & Thrice) Fearless Records (Plain White Ts), Smarkpunk, ARTISTdirect, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Kim Deal (The Pixies and The Breeders), Josh Freese (Sting, Nine Inch Nails), Dustin Hawthorne (Hot Hot Heat), Warren Fitzgerald (The Vandals, Gwen Stefani), Taku Hiranu (Bette Midler, Fleetwood Mac), Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, Tenacious D.), Kevin Lyman Van's Warped Tour & Taste of Chaos owner/concert promoter) and others. Rivas has also consulted corporate clients such as Sears, Levi Strauss, NBC Universal, Sole Technology, Legal Zoom and others.

Rivas handles a vast array of enertainment agreements, including corporate sponsored record deals, "360" major label record deals, "singles" deals, production, publishing, merchandising, distribution, producer servces, partnership, operating and settlement agreements, along with music licensing on all sides for films, videogames, live concerts, home video and television shows. She has also successfully cleared immigration for the J Rock Festival line-up on behalf of producer/artist/entrepreneur Yoshiki, the US Taste of Chaos Tour, X-Japan, M.I.A. and various business executives.

In addition to writing numerous articles about performance rights in sound recordings, the Audio Home Recording Act, and U.S. copyright law for NARIP over the years, she has testified on behalf of rights holders at hearings held by President Bill Clinton's Information Infrastructure Task Force on intellectual property and has been active with the Recording Academy's lobbying efforts. Rivas recently received a grant to take college students to Washington D.C. to participate in the "Grammies on the Hill" program in support of artist rights legislation.

Rivas has been quoted on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and has been featured in the Bay Guardian, the SF Weekly (full cover photo and feature article), the SF Chronicle and the SF Examiner. She has also been quoted in the Los Angeles Times regarding her work developing artists in the LA independent music scene.

She has produced showcases for NARAS, ASCAP, and BMI, and has moderated or appeared on music industry panels at SXSW, CMJ, NXNW, NARIP, EAT™M, IPELS (LACBA), ASCAP, NARAS, and the DIY Convention, which she co-founded in 2000 with USA Today/Variety/Billboard journalist Bruce Haring. Rivas is in her 15th year on the USC Beverly Hills Bar Association Institute on Entertainment Law and Business Syllabus Committee and is presently working on the Music Festivals Panel featuring Marc Geiger (WME Global Chief), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour Owner), John Boyle (Insomniac CFO) and Todd Cooper, Esq. (Greenberg Traurig)..