Three Latham Partners Named Top Entertainment Lawyers in California

November 25, 2015
Daily Journal
Joseph Calabrese, Christopher Brearton and Marvin Putnam recognized for sector leadership by the Daily Journal.

In a representation of the transactional and litigation strengths of Latham’s Entertainment, Sports & Media practice, three Century City partners – Joseph Calabrese, Christopher Brearton and Marvin Putnam – have been named “Top Entertainment Lawyers” for 2015 by the Daily Journal, a list on which the lawyers have consistently placed.

Calabrese, the Global Chair of Latham’s Entertainment, Sports & Media practice, is advising clients involved in iconic events, including the Golden Globe Awards and the Olympic Games, which are increasingly developing cutting-edge strategies and technologies that require sophisticated transactional advice. For example, the Daily Journal reported: “As media companies shift to multiple channels all operating concurrently, Calabrese said attorneys must put a lot of thought into how to parse out rights.”

Brearton, the Deputy Office Managing Partner in Century City, was recognized for advising on innovation entertainment transactions such as the launch of over-the-top and streaming video on demand services..Brearton’s published profile noted that his advice on cutting-edge digital joint ventures often allows him to work with clients to “structure entrepreneurial deals that involve a domestic property owner, an international property owner and capital.”

Putnam, a leading entertainment litigator, tries a range of high-profile cases, including the “resounding unequivocal victory” for client AEG Live in the wrongful death action brought by the family of pop legend Michael Jackson, which concluded earlier this year when a California court denied the final appeal in the case.