Zia F. Modabber is the managing partner of the Los Angeles offices and is co-chair of Katten's Los Angeles Litigation practice. He handles a wide array of business and entertainment disputes, with particular experience and focus on the music business and clients with significant public profiles.
For more than two decades, Zia has been a sought after litigator for copyright, trademark, right of publicity, First Amendment, defamation, musical recording and publishing, partnership (including band disputes), artist-manager relations, trade secrets, idea submission, and labor and employment matters. Zia's extensive body of work, track record of success, and reputation for maintaining high level of integrity, discretion, and sensitivity have made him the attorney of choice for Michael Jackson and now his Estate, Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Wonder, Lance Armstrong, Aerosmith, Slash/Guns N' Roses, Jeff Lynne/Electric Light Orchestra, Enrique Iglesias, Ben Silverman, Sony Music and many others.
Zia's reputation for integrity is firmly rooted in helping clients effectively bridge the uncomfortable space between legal crisis and "back to normal," while operating with the level of discretion that high profile matters and clients require. Zia also practices from a perspective sensitive to the whole client, addressing immediate issues in the context of clients' broader professional needs.