Joseph P. Costa

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Pacific Palisades, CA

Costa, Besser & Childress, LLP
 | 17383 Sunset Boulevard, Suite A-350
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Phone: 310-394-6611
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2010, 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (50%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Joseph P. Costa, of the Los Angeles entertainment law firm Costa, Besser & Childress, LLP, has over 25 years of experience handling clients in the talent and entertainment industries. Over the years, Mr. Costa has developed a reputation for providing professional, in-depth representation for a variety of media and entertainment matters, from contract and transactional needs to negotiations, copyright and trademark infringement, Internet law, real estate litigation, licensing agreements and general litigation. He also has extensive experience in sports law and intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Costa's distinguished clients have included Christopher Lloyd, Lucy Liu, Debra Winger, Paradigm, AT&T, the estate of Bob Marley and The Gersh Agency. He takes great pride with his law firm in providing a wide variety of services unique to the region's needs, and in ensuring his services are unmatched in quality as well as cost-efficient.

A native of Long Island, New York, Mr. Costa has had a lifelong passion for the film and entertainment industries. He majored in English literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, and went on to earn his Juris Doctor at The George Washington University Law School. While in law school, he served as the president and editor in chief of George Washington University's moot court board.

Mr. Costa's work has given him numerous opportunities to lecture and teach for such venues as UCLA, the Sundance Film Festival, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Association of Talent Agencies. He has appeared on several local and international television and radio programs, including Access Hollywood and Celebrity Justice, to speak on entertainment industry issues.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Entertainment & Sports (50%): Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law

Business Litigation (30%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements


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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2010, 2012 - 2018

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About Joseph Costa

Admitted: 1987, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • President and Editor in Chief, Moot Court Board

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Association of Talent Agencies

Representative Clients:

  • Perfect Pushup
  • Savvier
  • Paradigm
  • The Gersh Agency
  • Foote Cone & Belding
  • ATT
  • Bob Marley LLC
  • Deborah Winger
  • Christopher Lloyd
  • Lucy Liu

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Degree in English literature
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Office Location for Joseph P. Costa

17383 Sunset Boulevard
Suite A-350
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Phone: 310-394-6611


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Last Updated: 8/22/2017

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