Rebecca Lawlor Calkins

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Los Angeles
United States
T:+1 213 892 9357
Los Angeles
United States
T:+1 213 892 9357
Rebecca Lawlor Calkins

Rebecca Lawlor Calkins

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Biography

Rebecca Lawlor Calkins has been recognized as one of the "Top Litigators and Trial Lawyers" and a "Leader in Law" by the Los Angeles Business Journal for her work in media, copyright, and trademark law. A partner in the Los Angeles office, Rebecca has over two decades of experience in a wide variety of business litigation matters for clients in the technology, software and music industries. She has successfully handled notable copyright and trademark infringement matters, including landmark copyright victories in high profile cases.


Professional experience

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JD, Loyola Law School, 1997
BS, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, 1988

  • California State Bar
  • Represented Veoh Networks in landmark legal victory in UMG Recordings, Inc. v. Veoh Networks, Inc. in which Universal Music Group (UMG) alleged copyright infringement for Veoh's users' sharing of user-generated videos containing musical performances.  Decision affirmed by the Ninth Circuit.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of EMI Music Marketing in contract dispute with music production company Avatar.  EMI Music Marketing (f/k/a EMI Music Distribution), a division of Capitol Records, Inc. v. Avatar Records, Inc., 317 F. Supp. 2d 412.
  • Represented internet site where plaintiff musicians and music companies alleged numerous copyright and trademark infringements and violations of rights of publicity, relating to the extensive collection of rock memorabilia and recordings once owned by legendary concert promoter Bill Graham and available on the site.  The District Court dismissed all claims against the internet site without leave to amend and granted the internet site its full attorneys' fees under 17 U.S.C. § 505 of the Copyright Act.
  • Represented music publishers and prevailed on summary judgment where publishers had been sued for copyright infringement over the Jay-Z song "Big Pimpin'."  The Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court's decision in favor of the music publishers.
  • Obtained dismissal of a copyright infringement action against international music publisher over the Jay-Z song "Big Pimpin'" for lack of standing.
  • Successfully represented internationally known best-selling country music Hall of Fame artist and artist's lifestyle companies against claims for copyright and trademark infringement.
  • Defeated summary judgment and preserved internet ringtone site's Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe-harbor defense.  The District Court held that the internet site had established genuine issues as to whether its policies to prevent copyright infringement qualified it for § 512(c) safe harbor protection.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of major music publishers against claims for copyright and trademark infringement.
  • Obtained complete dismissal for international motor sport celebrity from lawsuit seeking over $21 million in damages in connection with a joint stock company formed in the Czech Republic.
  • Successfully represented large diet supplement manufacturer against claims for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and unfair competition.
  • Represented shareholders of sports intellectual property licensing company in a multi-week trial concerning shareholder derivative claims against the controlling shareholder and chairman of the board.  Obtained judgment in favor of shareholders and award of full attorneys' fees.   
  • "Top Litigators and Trial Lawyers" Los Angeles Business Journal, 2019
  • Leaders in Law, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2019
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member