Joseph P. Costa

Top rated Entertainment & Sports attorney in Pacific Palisades, California

Joseph P. Costa

Practice Areas: Entertainment & Sports, Business Litigation, Business & Corporate; view more

Licensed in California since: 1987

Education: The George Washington University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2010, 2012 - 2024


17383 Sunset Boulevard
Suite A-430
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 Visit website


Attorney Joseph P. Costa is the founder of CostaLaw in Pacific Palisades, California. Mr. Costa practices business, entertainment and sports litigation and serves clients in California and nationwide.

Mr. Costa has 30 years of experience and represents high-profile clients, including the Agency for the Performing Arts, The Black Eyed Peas, Daphne Guinness, the estate of Bob Marley, Daphne Guinness, Innovative Artists, Judd Hirsch, Holland Taylor, Lucy Liu, Paradigm Talent Agency, Rick Salomon, Savvier Fitness, TalentWorks and The Gersh Agency. He and the attorneys at his firm are committed to maintaining a relaxed and approachable environment while giving the highest level of legal services.

Mr. Costa serves as outside general counsel to some clients and also handles legal matters relating to general business matters and entertainment related businesses, including copyright infringement, licensing agreements, publicity rights, real estate matters, and trademark infringement. He laso serves as a Title IX Judge in campus misconduct cases and a high level investigator of emplyment based complaints. He is commonly featured on national and international media outlets to speak on entertainment law issues.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Costa lectures on various legal topics to organizations, including the Association of Talent Agents and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He teaches classes at the University of California, Los Angeles, and speaks at events such as the Sundance Film Festival. He has served as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Costa attained his law degree from the George Washington Law School. He received his license to practice law in California in 1987 and is qualified to practice before all California state courts.

Practice areas

Entertainment & Sports, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Intellectual Property Litigation

Focus areas

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

  • 20% Entertainment & Sports
  • 40% Business Litigation
  • 20% Business/Corporate
  • 20% Intellectual Property Litigation

First Admitted: 1987, California

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer, FEMA, Santa Monica earthquake disaster relief counseling
  • Executive Committee for the Entertainment Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Legislative Counseling for introduction to the United Nations regarding the hearing impaired. Volunteer involvement at "La Puente", a privately funded adult education center for the underprivileged in East Los Angeles
  • Founder of, a holiday adopt a family program for Los Angeles law firms
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem
  • Volunteered as a Certified Neutral, Los Angeles Superior Court ADR Panel
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Association of Talent Agencies
  • First Title IX External Adjudicator
  • President and Editor in Chief, Moot Court Board
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2004-2020, 2020
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • UCLA, Lecturer
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Independent Film Production, the Sundance Film Festival, Guest Lecturer
  • Rights of Joint Copyright Holders, California Lawyers for the Arts, Guest Lecturer
  • UCLA Extension, Speaker for programs relating to artist and musician rights and protections, Guest Lecturer
  • CLE Speaker for programs through the Diversity Workshop, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Guest Lecturer
  • Employment Matters for Agency Owners and Managers, Association of Talent Agencies – Employment Business Seminar, Guest Lecturer
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Lecturer
Educational Background:
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Degree in English literature
Representative Clients:
  • Innovative Artists, 2019
  • Holland Taylor, 2019
  • Talentworks, 2019
  • Here TV, 2019
  • Perfect Pushup
  • Savvier, 2019
  • ATT
  • Paradigm, 2019
  • Lucy Liu
  • Bob Marley LLC
  • The Gersh Agency, 2019
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2019
Industry Groups:
  • Entertainment and fitness industries. Universities and colleges

Office location for Joseph P. Costa

17383 Sunset Boulevard
Suite A-430
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Phone: 800-494-4109


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2010, 2012 - 2024

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