Whether an intellectual property, entertainment, business, employment, or real estate dispute, Joanna Ardalan advocates for her client with a business perspective in mind. As the founder of a company in the entertainment, music, and software industries, she understands the benefits and costs of litigation beyond the bottom line. Having taken her company’s products from development to worldwide distribution, she has been in the position of the client and appreciates the personal investment required of entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Kulik, Gottesman & Siegel, she was a law clerk and worked on IP and employment cases.
Ms. Ardalan’s practice encompasses Lanham Act and trademark, unfair competition, cybersquatting and UDRP actions, Internet law, copyright, DMCA, patent, entertainment, right of publicity, defamation, breach of contract, general business, employment, real estate litigation, and appellate practice.
Her practice encompasses a wide range of litigation with a particular focus on intellectual property and internet law. Ms. Ardalan closely follows how the law is rapidly changing as technology evolves and new legal issues emerge.
Ms. Ardalan’s practice includes, for example, opposing cybersquatters through UDRP actions, procuring trademark rights, litigating the ownership of copyrighted works in district court, drafting the terms and conditions for interactive websites, DMCA take-down notices, and opposing online defamation.
As a law clerk, she worked on copyright disputes involving literary works, visual works, software, and jewelry. These cases involved issues like substantial similarity, work-for-hire, and the merger doctrine (the idea-expression dichotomy). She worked on patent infringement cases involving domain name servers (DNS), oven racks, financing processes, and luggage. These cases involved issues like obviousness, joint infringement, and the calculation of damages using the Panduit factors. Additionally, she worked on a Lanham Act dispute involving false advertising by competitors.
Ms. Ardalan represents talent managers, entertainers, and personalities. She has extensive experience in the entertainment industry and has studied and drafted many of the contracts and contractual clauses that get litigated regularly, including defined net proceeds in motion picture and television contracts (formerly referred to as “net profits”), arbitration clauses, choice of law provisions, and licensing agreements.
She recently delivered oral argument on behalf of an appellant in a case involving the sale of a well-known television series. The Court of Appeal reverest the $1.4 million punitive damage award.
Her practice involves employment issues relating to talent contracts and labor violations. Ms. Ardalan has closely studied the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the Directors Guild of America (DGA), and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) agreements. Additionally, as a law clerk she advocated for a plaintiff who was physically and sexually harassed by her employer.
Member, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, Social Committee
Ms. Ardalan regularly presents to both students and professionals. She chaired and spoke on a CLE panel for the Los Angeles County Bar Association called “Trademark Infringment in Cyberspace.” She has presented at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, as a panelist on a program about how to get involved with pro bono work. At Loyola, she also moderated a panel on how to be an effective IP attorney, which was sponsored by the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association. She spoke to law students from Chapman Law School through an event that was sponsored by the American Bar Association. As a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, she has spoken on topics like entrepreneurship, the music business, and artist management. Additionally, she has spoken to professionals who are members of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) about audio software.
Ms. Ardalan will be teaching “Litigating a Copyright Case” at Loyola Law School in Fall 2013
Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Ms. Ardalan was selected to join ABOTA’s highly competitive fellowship after graduating law school. Part of her fellowship was spent with Judge Stephen Czuleger of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Graduated from Loyola Law School with Honors in the Entertainment Litigation Concentration.
Received First Honors in the Litigating a Copyright Case class.
Received the highest grade available in Trial Advocacy taught by Judge Daniel Buckley of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Second degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.