Sidley Adds New Media and Entertainment Partner in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES--()--Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Russell “Rusty” Weiss has joined the firm as a partner in Los Angeles. Mr. Weiss has built a substantial practice focused on the convergence of entertainment and technology. He is a member of the firm’s Technology & Intellectual Property (IP) Transactions practice and Media and Entertainment industry group and is based in Century City.

“We’re excited to have Rusty on board to further enhance the services Sidley offers companies and financial institutions operating in the media and entertainment industries”

“Rusty’s sweet spot is helping clients in the media and entertainment industry navigate the complexities of a new digital world,” said Dan Clivner, co-managing partner of Sidley’s Los Angeles offices. “He has a strong skill set that complements our existing media, entertainment and technology lawyers.”

Mr. Weiss has extensive experience representing motion picture, television, video game, mobile, Internet, cable, telecommunications, music, toy and multimedia companies on their cutting edge transactions. He regularly counsels clients in the entertainment, media and technology industries on a broad range of matters involving the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, fair use, infringement, privacy, piracy, advertising, gaming and unfair competition issues.

“We’re excited to have Rusty on board to further enhance the services Sidley offers companies and financial institutions operating in the media and entertainment industries,” said Matt Thompson, partner and co-leader of Sidley’s Media and Entertainment industry group. “As we continue our expansion, we remain committed to being the one-stop-shop for clients seeking advice across all media industries and issues.”

Mr. Weiss is recommended by The Legal 500 US and recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Euromoney’s Expert Guides. Additionally, in 2014, Mr. Weiss was named one of the “Most Influential Lawyers in Digital Media and E-Commerce Law” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Mr. Weiss also served as chair of the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel’s Law Firm Advisory Board.

With 1,900 lawyers in 19 offices worldwide, Sidley has built a reputation as a premier legal adviser for global businesses and financial institutions. Sidley has for the sixth year in a row received the most first-tier national rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey. On Law360’s list of Global 20 Firms, Sidley was ranked among the top law firms “with the greatest global reach and expertise.” To stay up to date with the latest Sidley news, please follow us on Twitter at @SidleyNewsroom.

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