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Bruce Isaacs

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“I dig deep into the briefs, the facts, and the law. I ask tough questions. I listen. But, at the right time, I tell you what I really think. I follow up until we get it done.”

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Practice Areas

  • Business / Commercial
  • Class Action
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Fee Dispute
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate

Education

  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • B.A., Pomona College, with distinction

Biography

Bruce Isaacs, Esq. is an accomplished mediator and arbitrator who has settled a wide range of cases including copyright, entertainment, trademark, right of publicity, music, contracts, real estate, insurance, employment matters, and more. Respected by both plaintiffs’ and defense counsel, Mr. Isaacs resolves extremely complex disputes with a combination of excellent problem-solving skills, consistent follow-up, and deep subject-matter expertise.

Mr. Isaacs’s experience as a neutral and a trial lawyer allows him to assist the parties in fully understanding and evaluating the risks associated with their cases. He believes that an essential foundation for a successful mediation is a thorough discussion with the parties regarding the strengths and weaknesses of their respective positions. He knows how to keep the parties engaged, when to listen, and when to be direct, but always diplomatic.

Mr. Isaacs has experience resolving a variety of matters, including:

Entertainment

  • Copyright infringement
  • Idea submission
  • Right of publicity
  • Profit participation, back-end disputes, and other accounting issues in film, television, and music
  • Trademark and trade dress
  • Defamation and trade libel
  • Virtual reality technology disputes
  • Privacy
  • Trade secrets
  • Valuation
  • Lost credit and career enhancement issues
  • Pay or play disputes
  • Who is, and who is not, attached to entertainment projects
  • Chain of title disputes
  • Sequel and remake disputes
  • Film financing disputes
  • P & A disputes

Contracts and Business

  • Purchase and sale of a business
  • Formation and termination of joint ventures, LLCs, partnerships, and corporations
  • Disputes over representations and warranties
  • Manufacturing, distribution, and retail agreements
  • Social media agreements
  • Damages calculations
  • Lost profits and diminution in value analysis

Real Estate

  • Purchase and sale agreements
  • Disclosures
  • 1031 issues
  • Leases and landlord/tenant issues
  • Title, escrow, and insurance issues
  • Easements
  • Construction issues, seawalls, and boundary disputes
  • ADA compliance issues

Employment

  • Various employment disputes including wrongful termination issues, employer vs. independent contractor issues and disputes over bonus compensation

Legal Malpractice, PI, and Insurance

  • Legal malpractice claims of all kinds, including underlying cases involving entertainment, soft IP, contract, business and real estate, and insurance issues related to these subject matters

Experience

  • Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (2015–2018)
  • Founding Partner, Wyman & Isaacs, LLP (and predecessors) (1985–2015)
  • Associate, Freedman & Sobel (1982–1985)
  • Associate, Swerdlow, Glickberg & Shimer (1981–1982)

Professional Achievements and Memberships

  • Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law—Motion Pictures and Television (2023)
  • Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law—Motion Pictures and Television (2018–2020)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers—Alternative Dispute Resolution (2019–2020); “Entertainment” (2004–2013, 2015–2018)