Scott A. Edelman - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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Scott A. Edelman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 310-557-8061

Scott A. Edelman is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Century City office.  Mr. Edelman is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and a Co-Chair of its Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group and the Transnational Litigation Practice Group.  He is also the firm’s National Pro Bono Chair.

Mr. Edelman is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship is extended by invitation only to the best of the trial bar of the United States and Canada and cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. Mr. Edelman has first-chaired numerous jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, taking well over twenty to final verdict or decision.  He has a broad background in commercial litigation, including antitrust, employment, real estate and product liability. 

Mr. Edelman has received numerous accolades.  The Daily Journal has ranked him as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California.  He has received a Clay Award as “Lawyer of the Year” from California Lawyer and was recognized as an “Attorney of the Year” by The Recorder.  He was also named the “Litigator of the Year” by the Century City Bar Association, and was one of 10 litigators named in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in Los Angeles, “Best of the Bar” and one of the “Best Lawyers in America” byAmerican Lawyer Media.

Mr. Edelman was profiled in “Schmoozing His Way to Century City,” SuperLawyers (February 2010), which selected him as one of the top ten lawyers in Southern California.  Mr. Edelman has also been ranked in numerous legal industry publications.  He has been repeatedly named byChambers USA as a Tier 1 Leading Media and Entertainment Litigation Lawyer in California; by the Hollywood Reporteras one of the top 100 “Power Lawyers”; by Daily Variety’s as one of Hollywood’s top litigators, and by The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of Entertainment Law: Motion Pictures & Television.  He was also named a California “local litigation star” in Media and Entertainment Litigation in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Benchmark Litigation. The Daily Journal rated him as a top entertainment lawyer in 2014.

Mr. Edelman has substantial experience trying high stake fraud cases, including representing the plaintiff in obtaining a $122 million dollar federal jury verdict in Intertainment v. Franchise Pictures and achieving the dismissal of two toxic torts cases against Dole Foods because of fraud on the court by plaintiffs and their counsel.  The Dole victory was featured as the cover story of the October issues of California Lawyerand Corporate Counsel, and received widespread newspaper coverage, including a front-page feature story in the Wall Street Journal.  Mr. Edelman and his practice group’s work for Dole and Chevron also were prominently mentioned in: “Litigation Department of the Year,” The American Lawyer(January 2010/2012); and “The Kill Step,” The American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel (October 2009).   Mr. Edelman is currently serving as coordinating counsel for World Fuel Services, Inc. in relation to the various litigations arising from the derailment of a train in Lac-Mégantic, Montreal in July, 2014.

Mr. Edelman represents several Fortune 500 companies and a major university in connection with their intellectual property issues.  His cases in the area of entertainment and intellectual property have covered a broad range of areas, including profit participation in the motion picture and television industries, arbitrations under the auspices of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, right of publicity, copyright and trademark infringement, misappropriation of ideas, sports law, false advertising, royalty disputes involving patented medical devices, and negligence in the selection of computer hardware and software.  His entertainment clients include major motion picture and television studios, television networks, music companies, motion picture foreign distributors and investors, production companies, licensing agents and management companies.  He has authored numerous publications in the area of intellectual property and litigation.

Mr. Edelman received his law degree from the University of California (Boalt Hall) in 1984, where he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Ecology Law Quarterly.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Stanford University in 1981, where he graduated with distinction.  Prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Mr. Edelman clerked for United States District Court Judge Jesse W. Curtis in the Central District of California.

Mr. Edelman is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of KCET Public Television.  He is a member of the Board of Directors and past president of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, a legal aid organization for the indigent, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. He is an active member of the Chancery Club in Los Angeles.

Stanford UniversityBA University of California - BerkeleyJ.D.

Office Location

2029 Century Park East, Suite 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90067-3026
United States

Practice Areas

Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television