Michael L.

Entertainment & Media



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Michael L. Novicoff

Entertainment & Media Litigation


Michael L. Novicoff is a Partner in Liner’s Entertainment & Media Group. During his career, he has handled complex business litigation, arbitration, and mediation throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, with particular emphasis on matters involving entertainment, media, and intellectual property law, and on the liability of corporate entities and their directors and officers. Mike speaks and teaches frequently on those subjects around the world.

Mike is a member of the International Arbitration Tribunal of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (formerly known as “AFMA”), where he resolves complex disputes throughout the international motion picture distribution industry. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Centre, and for WIPO's Film and Media Centre.

Mike has served as lead counsel across the United States to a substantial number of foreign governments and prominent global corporations and has been engaged frequently to manage litigation pending in other countries, particularly within the worldwide entertainment industry.


Harvard Law School (J.D., with honors)

University of California Los Angeles (B.A., with honors)

Speaking Engagements & Publications
  • Enforcement Issues in International Intellectual Property Litigation, It’s A Small World After All, Los Angeles County Bar Association (2000)
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, 20 Los Angeles Lawyer33 (Oct. 1997)
  • International Tort Litigation: Perspectives From the United States of America, Proceedings of the International Bar Association (1997)
  • Recent Developments in International Entertainment Law: The Application of American Law Abroad, 17 Whittier Law Review 191 (1995)
  • Teaching and speaking engagements throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America
  • Blocking and Clawing Back in the Name of Public Policy: The United Kingdom's Protection of Private Economic Interests against Adverse Foreign Adjudications, 7Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business 12 (1985)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers (2004-2017)
  • Who's Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology (2017)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers - Business Edition (2014)
  • "Top 100 LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine (2008)
  • Chambers USA, Media & Entertainment: Litigation, Recognised Practitioner
  • Chair of the London-based International Bar Association’s Executive Committee for Litigation (2010-2012)
  • Trustee of the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars at UCLA
  • Judge Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Whittier College School of Law, teaching in the Professional Responsibility curriculum (1999-2004)
  • Obtained the complete dismissal of all claims for multiple officers and directors alleged to be part of a multi-million-dollar corporate fraud.
  • Obtained the complete dismissal of all claims alleged against an agency of a foreign government sued in United States District Court.
  • Successfully prosecuted claims against U.S. parties on behalf of foreign governments and their agencies.
  • Obtained the complete dismissal of “idea theft” and related claims alleged against a creator and writer of hit television show.
  • Successfully defended major motion picture and television producers against multiple claims for credits and profits by alleged writers and investors.
  • Obtained, confirmed, and collected a large arbitration award for a foreign producer against a local sales agent.
  • Successfully defended a motion picture sales agency against claims by foreign distributors.
  • Obtained, confirmed, and collected multiple large arbitration awards for an international bank against local and international motion picture producers and distributors.
  • Successfully managed the defense of multiple copyright infringement actions and other intellectual property claims against U.S. parties pending in France, Russia, Romania, Taiwan, and Brazil, among other jurisdictions.
  • Successfully enforced U.S. arbitration awards against parties throughout the world.
  • Qualified and testified as an expert witness on California law in Singapore, France, and Spain, among other jurisdictions.