Lisa Borodkin  Partner lborodkin@zallerlaw.com 323-592-3505

Lisa Borodkin
Partner
lborodkin@zallerlaw.com
323-592-3505

Education

Columbia University School of Law (J.D.)

University of London, Courtauld Institute of Art (M.A.)

Harvard University (A.B., cum laude)

Experience

Lisa served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and to the Honorable I. Leo Glasser of United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  Her government service also includes a summer clerkship at the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Admitted To Practice In

Lisa is admitted to practice in both California and New York.

Recent Matters

  • Shapiro v. Hasbro, Inc. (C.D. Cal.) Litigated two of the first federal trade secret cases ever brought under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, involving trade secret misappropriation claims under California and federal law by a toy inventor against a multi-billion dollar toy company for doll designs for My Little Pony. Leading a multi-state team of lawyers against an AmLaw 100 firm, Lisa prevailed in a motion for partial judgment on the pleadings, and successfully opposed summary judgment, settling the case shortly before trial.  (Read media coverage here). 

  • Ralph v. Hosseini (S. D. Cal.) Prevailed in reported decision in Southern District of California on motion to compel arbitration and stay class action arising under FLSA and California Labor Code claims, compelling arbitration on individual basis and staying entire case pending determinative Supreme Court decision.

  • In re Pennysaver Bankruptcy (D. Del.) Defended adversary proceeding brought by direct-marketing debtor, obtaining settlement following aggressive motion practice challenging venue and pleadings.
  • Zolensky v. American Medflight, Inc. (E. D. Cal.). Litigated first reported case under California Labor Code Section 230.3 involving issues of first impression under provision protecting emergency fire personnel. After aggressive motion practice on interstate law issues involving a multistate air ambulance company,  represented by AmLaw 100 firm, case settled prior to trial.
  • Benchmark Entertainment v. Brown (N.Y. Sup.) Litigation with music management firm for musical group New Edition, involving a stay for proceedings under California’s Talent Agent Act prior to settlement. (Read media coverage here). 
  • Xcentric Ventures, LLC v. Borodkin (9th Cir.) Prevailed in obtaining published affirmance of motion to dismiss action brought by publishers of Ripoff Report, finding underlying RICO extortion claims had probable cause. (Read media coverage here). 
  • Uncommon Content Partners v. Talamasca (S.D.N.Y.) Represented entertainer Pharrell Williams in breach of contract seeking over $1M for entertainer’s move from YouTube talk show series to NBC’s “The Voice.” (Read media coverage here).
  • Good v. Barnett (C.D. Cal.) Trademark litigation involving temporary restraining order to prevent confusion from UK musical artist Tahlia Barnett from infringing on musical trademark Twigs, resulting in Barnett modifying professional name to FKA Twigs. (Read media coverage here). 
  • Berger v. Johnson (C.D. Cal.), Litigated copyright infringement claims for unauthorized transformation of professional rodeo photograph, obtaining judgment against web designer and host prior to settlement.
  • Lederer v. Akinlose (Cal. Sup.) Prevailed on trial of internet defamation claims following motion for expedited trial and prevailing on discovery motions with sanctions.
  • Negotiated development and option agreement with Korean animation studio for original series.
  • Represented estate of Gulfstream Aerospace founder in multi-million interpleader action and related probate issues.
  • Successfully demurred to PAGA action involving novel theory of pay period dispute on first motion directed to pleadings.

 

Lisa Borodkin

Lisa Borodkin is a Partner at Zaller Law Group, where she specializes in complex business, employment, and intellectual property litigation, and entertainment transactions and dispute resolution. Prior to joining Zaller Law Group, Lisa practiced complex commercial and intellectual property litigation at Blanc Williams Johnston and Kronstadt (now Arnold & Porter) and McGuireWoods and founded her own boutique entertainment law firm. Before entering private practice, Lisa clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable I. Leo Glasser on the Eastern District of New York.

Lisa is committed to simplifying the law and obtaining superb results for clients.  She does this by putting the clients' needs first, using technology, and constantly innovating. Lisa has represented numerous clients in a variety of industries, ranging from complex civil actions to matters of first impression in internet and First Amendment cases. She has successfully litigated in federal and state court, as well as in arbitrations in AAA, JAMS, the NASD. Lisa has also represented individuals and entities in investigations and inquiries by the United States Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Stock Exchange, NLRB and state attorney generals.

In addition to litigating issues involving the cutting edge of intellectual property law and its overlaps with entertainment and technology, Lisa handles a variety of entertainment transactional matters for entities and creative professionals. Lisa has represented studios and collaborations creating original films, television shows, animated series, and music. Lisa has negotiated entertainment transactions with major motion picture, television and music companies, as well as with digital original studios.

Lisa is recognized as an authority on internet law issues and is a longtime and active participant in the online conversation. She is a recurring guest speaker on the “This Week in Law,” net cast on the TWiT network, and presented at the Stanford e-Commerce Best Practices Conference on “Best Practices in Ethical Online and Mobile Marketing” and “Social Media Policies” in 2015 and 2012. Lisa was a speaker at the South by Southwest Festival in 2017, 2012 and 2011 on topics involving YouTube, online harassment and social media ethics. 

Lisa’s expertise in entertainment and intellectual property issues comes from her own creative background, as well as her academic background in the arts. At Harvard University, Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies. Lisa earned a Master’s Degree in History of Art at the University of London, specializing in French and British 19th century painting. Lisa’s Columbia Law Review note, "The Economics of Antiquities Looting and a Proposed Legal Alternative," 95 Colum. L. Rev. 377, is frequently cited in international publications and is based on original research she conducted at the International Foundation for Art Research in New York, an institution that collaborates with UNESCO and the FBI to track and recover stolen art and cultural property.