Jay Spillane

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Beverly Hills, CA

Spillane Law Group, PLC
 | 468 N. Camden Drive, Second Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 424-217-5980
Fax: 888-590-1683
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (30%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jay Spillane is a shareholder with the Spillane Law Group PLC in Beverly Hills, California. Serving a diverse range of high-end commercial and corporate clients throughout the state and all across the country, Mr. Spillane focuses his practice primarily on business litigation and helping his clients achieve the positive results they seek for their serious and complex legal challenges.

Throughout the course of his more than 30-year legal career, Mr. Spillane has earned a reputation for delivering focused, value-added advocacy and support to his clients embroiled in high-stakes litigation involving a variety of disputes. He has extensive experience handling cases in state and federal appellate courts as well as before administrative tribunals, and whether through negotiations, arbitration or litigation, he is fully devoted to helping his clients protect their rights and interests as he aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes possible on their behalves.

In addition, Mr. Spillane also provides exceptional counsel and value-added services to entrepreneurs, managers, executives and other stakeholders concerning their legal needs involving entity formation and planning, licensing, intellectual property, entertainment law, communications, marketing, finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

A 1982 cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Spillane obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1986, where he graduated Order of the Coif. The State Bar of California admitted him to practice that same year, and he also routinely practices before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Spillane is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, where he has served as co-chair for the entertainment and litigation sections. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the Los Angeles Copyright Society, where he once served on the board of governors.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (60%)

Intellectual Property Litigation (30%)

Appellate (10%)

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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2018 - 2020

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About Jay Spillane

Admitted: 1986, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.spillaneplc.com/files/Jay_Spillane.pdf

Honors/Awards:

  • Order of the Coif

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Chair, Litigation and Entertainment Sections Los Angeles Copyright Society Lawyer Delegate, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference

  • Arbitrator, International Film & Television Alliance

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Kent Steffes v. Karch Kiraly et al. Los Angeles Superior Court. 1996

  • Mahaco Investors v. Lyon

  • Watson v. Grupo Modelo. Orange County Superior Court. 1999

  • America Online v. Netvision AudiotextUSDC E.D. Va. 2000

  • Vista del Montano v. Sinatra. LA Superior Court. 2006

  • Henry Nicholas and Henry Samueli. 2001

  • Perfect 10, Inc. v. Net Management ServicesUSDC C.D. Cal. 2004

  • Lindsara v. Kelly Slater. LA Superior Court. 2005

  • DeLaRosa v. Maniquis. LASC 2013

  • Patricia Raynes Davis v. Estate of Marvin DavisUSDC C.D. Cal. and JAMS. 2007

  • CWIE v. Bandwidth Consulting, IncUSDC C.D. Cal. 2009

  • Paul v. EYPEYP v. Paul. USDC C.D. Cal., USDC S.D.N.Y., 2010

  • Semel v. McAdams. LASC 2014

  • Rubin v. Loeb, LASC 2015

  • Weber v. Combatant Gentlemen, USDC C.D. Cal. 2016

  • LAUSD v. Nesler. LA Superior Court. 1988

  • ALS Scan v. Cloudflare, USDC C.D Cal. 2018

  • Rodney Dangerfield v. Harold Ramis. Private Judge. 1992

  • Lew Wasserman v. Sundance Development. LA Superior Court. 1994

  • Jaffe v. BeswickUSDC C.D. Cal. Bk. 1994

  • PCG, M3 v. Paulina Rubio. LA Superior Court. 2004

  • Leroy v. Restful GroupAAA 2013

  • Mythic Entertainment v. Antigua PicturesUSDC C.D. Cal. 2007

  • Pitts v. HatfieldUSDC C.D. Cal. 2007

  • UNICOM Systems, Inc. v. Farmers Group, Inc. USDC C.D. Cal. 2008

  • Astrablu v. Eastman

  • Tsai v. Tsai. LA Superior Court. 2011

  • In re Restful GroupsUSBC S.D. Cal. 2013

  • Banner Entertainment v. Superior Court, 62 Cal. App. 4th 348 (1998)

  • Konski v. Danish Film Directors. USDC C.D. Cal. 2014

  • California Farms Investors v. Roberts. USBC C.D. Cal. 2015

  • Kilroy v. Smith Worley, JAMS 2018

  • Howard v. Howard. LASC 2018

  • Seven Words, LLC v. Network Solutions, 260 F.3d 1089 (9th Cir. 2001)

  • Perfect 10, Inc. v. CCBill, LLC, 340 F. Supp. 2nd 1077 (C.D. Cal. 2004), aff’d in part, 488 F.3d 1102 (9th Cir. 2007), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 709 (2007)

  • Pacific Marine Shipping Ass’n v. Goldstene, 517 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 2008)

  • Roberts v. Broadcast Music, Inc., B26392 (2d Dist. 2016)

  • California Farms Investors v. Roberts, 9th Cir. BAP 17-1010 (2017)

  • Published Decisions Pacific Marine Shipping Ass’n v. Goldstene, 517 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 2008) (California ocean going vessel regulations were preempted by Clean Air Act).Perfect 10, Inc. v. CCBill, LLC, 340 F. Supp. 2nd 1077 (C.D. Cal. 2004), aff’d in part, 488 F.3d 1102 (9th Cir. 2007), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 709 (2007) (affirming judgment for defendant ISP under the DMCA and CDA).Seven Words, LLC v. Network Solutions, 260 F.3d 1089 (9th Cir. 2001) (domain name dispute).Banner Entertainment v. Superior Court, 62 Cal. App. 4th 348 (1998) (motion to compel arbitration in film dispute).Significant TrialsTsai v. Tsai. LA Superior Court. 2011. Represented the defendant and cross-complainant in a three week bench trial in Los Angeles Superior Court concerning a multi-million dollar family wealth dispute. Decision pending.Astrablu v. Eastman. International Film & Television Alliance. 2011. Represented the claimant in an arbitration against Kevin Eastman (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) concerning the rights to produce a motion picture based upon a graphic novel. Decision pending.UNICOM Systems, Inc. v. Farmers Group, Inc. USDC C.D. Cal. 2008. Represented the plaintiff in a three week jury trial involving infringing use of mainframe software. Won a verdict on copyright, circumvention and fraud claims.Pitts v. Hatfield. USDC C.D. Cal. 2007. Represented the plaintiff in a one week pro bono civil rights jury trial. Obtained a verdict that the defendant officers violated the plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure.Mythic Entertainment v. Antigua Pictures. USDC C.D. Cal. 2007. Represented the plaintiff in a jury trial for breach of contract and copyright infringement. The action settled just prior to the hostile examination of the principals of the defendants.PCG, M3 v. Paulina Rubio. LA Superior Court. 2004. Represented the plaintiff advertising agency in a two week jury trial against singer Paulina Rubio for breaching an agreement to appear at a trade show. Obtained a verdict for the plaintiffs.Jaffe v. Beswick. USDC C.D. Cal. Bk. 1994. Represented the plaintiff in a one week bench trial in Bankruptcy Court concerning the dischargeability of a debt. Obtained a judgment of non-dischargeability.Lew Wasserman v. Sundance Development. LA Superior Court. 1994. Represented Robert Redford’s company, Sundance Development, in a one week bench trial in which former MCA mogul Lew Wasserman sought to enforce an alleged settlement of a claim to rescind a land purchase contract. Obtained a decision completely in favor of Sundance.Rodney Dangerfield v. Harold Ramis. Private Judge. 1992. Represented Harold Ramis in dispute over credit and compensation in relation to “Rover Dangerfield.” The action settled during trial.LAUSD v. Nesler. LA Superior Court. 1988. Represented the Los Angeles Unified School District in a two week eminent domain bench and jury trial. In the bench trial portion, the court ruled that the LAUSD had correctly followed CEQA procedures, and that the taking was proper. In the jury trial portion, the jury returned a verdict valuing the subject apartment building near the value estimated by the LAUSD.Significant SettlementsPaul v. EYP; EYP v. Paul. USDC C.D. Cal., USDC S.D.N.Y., 2010. Represented hedge fund in bi-coastal litigation over a defaulted $10 million secured credit facility afforded to film producer Steven Paul’s companies. Paul filed suit in California alleging that the fund had foreclosed on film assets that were not collateral for the loan. The fund filed suit in New York to collect on the loan, and also alleged fraudulent conveyance of loan proceeds. All applications by Paul for injunctive relief were denied and the California action was dismissed. After the dismissal the entire dispute was resolved confidentially.CWIE v. Bandwidth Consulting, Inc. USDC C.D. Cal. 2009. Represented plaintiff CWIE, a web host and bandwidth provider, in dispute concerning CWIE’s “angel” shares in the defendant, obtained pursuant to a stock subscription agreement. CWIE’s shares were repurchased at a substantial premium prior to trial.Patricia Raynes Davis v. Estate of Marvin Davis. USDC C.D. Cal. and JAMS. 2007. Represented Ken Kilroy, former President of the Marvin Davis Companies, in a suit brought by daughter of billionaire Marvin Davis against the Davis family and its top advisors. After convincing the arbitrator that Kilroy could not be held liable consistent with his employment contract absent willful misconduct, the case settled and Kilroy was dismissed with prejudice.Vista del Montano v. Sinatra. LA Superior Court. 2006. Represented defendant and cross-complainant commercial developers in a suit to collect millions in unpaid fees on notes and guarantees. The developers cross-claimed under lender liability theories. The case settled prior to trial for a small fraction of the amount sought.Lindsara v. Kelly Slater. LA Superior Court. 2005. Represented surf champion Kelly Slater against a claim for production fees in connection with filming of a Slater-branded surf tournament. The case settled for a small fraction of the claim.Perfect 10, Inc. v. Net Management Services. USDC C.D. Cal. 2004. Represented the defendants in action by Perfect 10 claiming that the defendants were secondarily liable for receiving Internet traffic from websites containing infringing images of Perfect 10 works and unlicensed images of celebrities. After the court denied Perfect 10’s motion for a preliminary injunction in its entirety, and with motions for summary judgment pending, the matter settled and was dismissed.Henry Nicholas and Henry Samueli. 2001. Represented Broadcom co-founders Henry Nicholas and Henry Samueli in a potential lawsuit over a sports joint venture. The dispute was resolved without an action being filed.America Online v. Netvision Audiotext. USDC E.D. Va. 2000. Represented defendants in a spam case filed by AOL, in which AOL claimed that the defendants had conspired to receive the benefits of traffic from unsolicited bulk emails. The matter settled with motions pending for summary judgment, including one to declare the Virginia spam statute unconstitutional.Watson v. Grupo Modelo. Orange County Superior Court. 1999. Obtained significant settlement prior to trial for former major league baseball pitcher whose hand was injured by a defective Corona bottle.Mahaco Investors v. Lyon. 1998. Represented investors in connection with bankruptcy and state court litigation flowing from San Juan Puerto Rico hotel fire and ensuing disputes between partners of hotel-owning entities. Actions settled prior to the deposition of General William Lyon.Kent Steffes v. Karch Kiraly et al. Los Angeles Superior Court. 1996. Represented AVP champion and gold medalist Kent Steffes in personal and derivative action against AVP and its board. The matter settled during the bankruptcy of the AVP.

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Educational Background:

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Major: Political Science,  Honors: cum laude

    , 1982

Industry Groups

  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
  • Technology
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468 N. Camden Drive
Second Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone: 424-217-5980

Fax: 888-590-1683

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