Labor and Employment

Our labor and employment lawyers’ ability to assist entertainment clients in evaluating strategies and options is backed by solid experience in administrative and courtroom litigation, including jury trials and appellate review through the U.S. Supreme Court. We have extensive experience with high-profile, large-stake cases such as major equal employment opportunity class actions and injunction proceedings. Our lawyers are familiar with the need for case management strategies in such major actions, including procedures for document control and case coordination. In addition, we have extensive experience in working with public relations professionals to minimize adverse media attention or consumer reaction that often accompanies labor disputes.

In more individualized employment matters, the labor practice has defended employers and provided litigation-prevention advice in hundreds of cases related to wrongful termination, breach of contract, “credit” disputes with talent and production personnel, talent and management agency contracts, and confirmation of minors’ contracts.

The collective experience of this practice encompasses entertainment industry-specific controversies pertaining to idea protection, rights of privacy and publicity, advertising, First Amendment and defamation. With respect to idea protection disputes, Akin Gump lawyers are frequently retained to represent clients in connection with claims of idea theft and plagiarism of copyrighted works, as well as commercial misappropriation of celebrity name, voice or likeness in advertising. These lawyers are regularly called upon to review screenplays and other artistic materials for chain-of-title, privacy, publicity, defamation, and copyright and idea misappropriation concerns.