Vincent H. Chieffo - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Vincent H. Chieffo

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 310-586-7731

Vincent H. Chieffo is an entertainment and media litigator with significant trial and appellate experience. His practice also includes entertainment transactional work. His litigation experience encompasses disputes throughout the entertainment business, including those involving copyright and trademark infringement, right of publicity, defamation, the rights of estates and heirs in copyrights and other entertainment assets, idea submission, royalties and participations, and distribution and financing agreements. Vincent's entertainment transaction experience has included advice regarding a wide range of matters from licensing trademarks, copyrights, and rights of publicity; sales and acquisitions of copyright and entertainment catalogues; to music publishing agreements; and motion picture production and distribution agreements.

Hamilton CollegeAB 1967Columbia Law SchoolJ.D. 1970
USC Entertainment Law Institute Planning CommitteeLos Angeles Copyright SocietyLos Angeles County Bar AssociationInternational Bar AssociationCopyright Society of the U.S.A.Century City Bar AssociationCalifornia Copyright ConferenceBoard of Directors of Public Counsel, a public interest law firm Beverly Hills Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Litigation
  • Entertainment law
  • Intellectual property
  • Securities litigation

Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Significant Representations
  • Moreau v. Daily Independent, 2013 WL 85362, 41 Med. L. Rep. 1471 (E.D. Cal. 2013) , granting anti-SLAPP motion and dismissing defamation claim against newspaper.
  • National Center for Jewish Film v. Riverside Films LLC, 2012 WL 4052111, 2012 Copr. L. Dec. P. 30, 316 (C.D. Cal., 2012), granting defense summary judgment on fair use grounds in copyright infringement action based on film clips used by the producer of a documentary film about Sholem Aleichem.
  • RST (2005) Inc. v. Research in Motion Ltd., 597 F. Supp.2d 362 (S.D.N.Y. 2009), granting, in part, summary judgment to plaintiff in dispute arising from license agreement for a Rolling Stones branded, limited edition Blackberry smartphone.
  • Silverlit Toys Manufactory, Ltd. V. Absolute Toy Marketing, Inc., 2007 WL 521239 (N.D. Cal. 2007), granting  preliminary injunction for copyright and trademark infringement.
  • Polygram Records, Inc. v. Legacy Entertainment Group, LLC, 2006 WL 163223 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2006), affirming summary judgment that held Heirs of Hank Williams Sr. are exclusive owners of exploitation rights to Hank Williams recorded radio programs.
  • Lyrick Studios, Inc. v. Big Idea Productions, Inc., 420 F.3d 388 (5th Cir. 2005), reversal of breach of distribution agreement, $10 million jury verdict.
Part 2
  • Briarpatch Ltd. L.P. v. Phoenix Pictures, Inc., 373 F.3d 296 (2d Cir. 2004) cert. denied 544 U.S. 949 (2005), copyright infringement.
  • Winter v. D.C. Comics, 30 Cal.4th 881 (2003), right of publicity.
  • Adidas-Salomon AG v. Target Corp., 228 F.Supp. 2d 1192 (D. Oregon 2002), trademark.
  • Fogerty v. Fantasy, 510 U.S. 57 (1994) on remand, 94 F.3d 553 (9th Cir. 1996), copyright infringement and right to attorney's fees.
  • Schwartz v. Las Vegas Sun, 104 Nev. 508, 761 P.2d 849 (1988) and 110 Nev. 1042, 881 P.2d 638 (1994), defamation.
  • Stone v. Williams, 970 F.2d 1043 (2d Cir. 1992) and Stone v. Gulf <st1:country-region>America</st1:country-region> Fire & Casualty Co. 554 So. 2d. 346 (Alabama 1989), right of illegitimate child of Hank Williams Sr. to renewal <st1:country-region>U.S.</st1:country-region> copyrights and to share in the Estate of Hank Williams Sr.
  • Demaris v. Greenspun, 712 F.2d. 433 (9th Cir. 1983), defamation.
  • Cher v. Forum International Ltd., 692 F.2d 634 (9th Cir. 1982), right of publicity.
  • H.M. Greenspun v. Del E. Webb Corporation, 634 F. 2d 1204 (9th Cir. 1980), shareholder derivative action.
  • Guglielmi v. Spelling-Goldberg Prods, 25 Cal.3d 860 (1979), right of publicity.
Part 3
  • Represented various clients who have granted or obtained trademark licenses, name and likeness rights, and literary rights including the licensing of personal rights for the production of a television movie, the grant of syndication rights for television programming, the sale of theatrical rights to a best-selling novel, the sale and optioning of screenplays, and the negotiation of a multimillion-dollar endorsement and concert tour promotion agreement.
  • Represented strategic partners in several mini-major studio international partnerships involving equity investments, multi-picture revolving lines of credit for up to $300 million and single picture financing.
  • Represented music publishing companies, including copyright catalog acquisitions, and various recording artists and independent record companies regarding recording, production and distribution agreements, and royalty accountings.
  • Represented musical and performing artists for single and multi-engagement tours, for tour and retail merchandising agreements, and for tour promotion agreements.

Office Location

1840 Century Park East, Suite 1900
Los Angeles, CA 90067
United States

Practice Areas

Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Entertainment Law - Music
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Media Law