Edward A. Klein
Eddy has a diverse practice that includes civil business litigation as well as related regulatory and criminal proceedings. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state trial and appellate courts and before numerous arbitration tribunals for more than 25 years, with clients ranging from individuals to multinational corporations, Los Angeles Magazine has recognized Eddy as a "Super Lawyer" every year since 2006 and identified him as one of the top 100 lawyers in Southern California in 2008. In 2014, entertainment trade publication Variety recognized Eddy in its Legal Impact Report.
Eddy has substantial experience in the areas of accounting and legal, malpractice, business torts, commercial litigation, contract disputes, film, television and music industry disputes, intellectual property, partnership disputes, securities and trade secrets. He also has substantial experience representing foreign entities in U.S. proceedings, as well as advising domestic companies with respect to their overseas litigation matters.
Eddy's experience includes:
- California First v. State of California - obtained a $24 million settlement from the State of California in the middle of trial in case involving a contract to sell office buildings.
- Tokyo Broadcasting Corp. v. ABC – obtained a favorable settlement of behalf of aleading Japanese broadcast company in dispute alleging copyright infringement in connection with the television show "Wipeouts."
- Rick Ross v. William Leonard Roberts -obtained dismissals in State and Federal courts, affirmed on appeal, of claims for misappropriation on behalf of rapper Rick Ross.
- World Poker Tour v. Deloitte & Touche - obtained favorable settlement in a case against Big Four accounting firm for claims arising out of client's stock offering.
- Angel v. Casey and Lee - prevailed in arbitration brought against creators of the television show "Frasier" by estate of co-creator alleging entitlement to profits from the show.
- Collelo v. S.E.C. - obtained a federal court ruling that freeze of client's funds in Switzerland pursuant to U.S.-Switzerland Mutual Legal Assistance was unconstitutional because it violated the client's constitutional rights.
- Hermit's Glen v. Twentieth Century Fox - obtained a $9.8 million jury verdict for writer-producer-director Ron Shelton for failure to pay profits on "White Man Can't Jump."
- Stern, et al. v. Arnold Simon, et al. - obtained a pretrial dismissal and summary judgment of all claims in a $213 million RICO action involving the garment industry.
- Sharp v. Haight Brown & Bonesteel - obtained summary judgment in favor of a law firm and its managing partner after protracted litigation in state and federal court.
- On Command Video v. NXTV, Inc. - on the eve of trial, obtained a $950,000 settlement, plus stipulated injunctive relief, in a theft of trade secret case.
- Shamrock Manufacturing v. PGI Group - successfully obtained discovery pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 in California for use in Indonesian proceedings.
- Trimark v. August Entertainment - obtained a pretrial dismissal of fraud and contract claims arising out of a motion picture license, and successfully countersued for malicious prosecution.
- United States v. Smith - defended an individual in a criminal securities case, and established new law in the Ninth Circuit regarding heightened standard for proving insider trading.
- Eddy has also frequently been quoted in a numberof prominent publications including The Los Angeles Daily Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. He has authored articles addressing various legal issues including:
- "Malcontented Managers Turn on Talent," Los Angeles Daily Journal (February 28, 2014)
- "Discovering America," Los Angeles Lawyer (April 2003)
- "Brain Trust," California Law Business (January 1999)
Other Professional Activities
Throughout his career, Eddy has been involved in a variety of professional activities, including serving on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Business Trail Lawyers, serving as Chair of the Legal Division of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation, and founding and serving on the Board of the New Community Jewish High School.
Prior Professional Experience
- Partner, Liner LLP (2004-2016)
- Partner, O'Neill, Lysaght & Sun (1994-2004)
- Associate, O'Melveny & Myers (1990-1994)
- Law Clerk, The Honorable Stephen V. Wilson, United States District Court Judge (1989-1990)