Jessica Stebbins Bina is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with substantial experience in the entertainment and media industry.
Ms. Stebbins Bina has represented clients at all levels of state and federal courts. She has tried complex cases to successful jury verdicts, and has extensive motion and discovery experience. She has also litigated numerous cases through successful appeals, and argued before both the state and federal appellate courts. Her extensive litigation experience has also enabled her to assist clients in obtaining early, favorable settlements through strategic approaches.
Ms. Stebbins Bina’s wide-ranging media litigation experience includes working with clients in the film, television, music, sports, radio and internet industries. In addition to this broad spectrum of media clients, she has also worked with clients in the aerospace, energy, manufacturing, and hospitality and commercial development sectors. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Stebbins Bina consults with members of the Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice on transactional matters, with a view to limiting clients’ potential litigation or exposure.
Ms. Stebbins Bina’s professional experience includes defending clients against a range of complex claims, including copyright, contract, fiduciary breach, privacy and fraud claims as well as allegations of wrongful death, assault and international misconduct including claims arising under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victims’ Protection Act. Her specific media work includes successfully representing concert promoter AEG Live in the six-month wrongful death jury trial brought by Michael Jackson’s family, and defending that case on appeal through the family’s attempts to take the case to the California Supreme Court. The verdict was named one of the top 10 most significant defense verdicts of the year by the nation’s leading legal journalists.
Other representative experience includes:
- A motion picture production company in major contract and fraud disputes resulting in a multi-month jury trial tried to favorable verdict*
- A major Internet company in dispute involving the Alien Tort Statute and international law*
- A major aerospace company in an ERISA class action*
- A major Internet company in dispute involving scope of Electronic Communications Privacy Act*
- A motion picture finance company in a complex contract action*
- Motion picture investors in a contract dispute*
*Represents experience from a previous law firm.