Robert N. Klieger

Mr. Klieger resolves high-stakes disputes for clients in the film, television, and video game industries. Fortune 500 companies and leading executives alike value his exceptional courtroom skills and successful outcomes in a broad array of issues, including intellectual property, contract, profit participation, business torts, and licensing disputes. Mr. Klieger has been repeatedly named to Variety’s Legal Impact Report, The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers list, and Law360’s MVP list, and ranked by Chambers USA.

Notably, Mr. Klieger served as lead counsel for media mogul Sumner M. Redstone in one of the most dramatic and high-stakes entertainment industry showdowns in decades. The battle for control of Mr. Redstone’s $40 billion media empire played out in a series of high-profile legal proceedings in the courts of Delaware, Massachusetts, and California that were front-page news in mainstream and industry publications, including FortuneThe Hollywood ReporterThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Variety. Through across-the-board victories in these actions, Mr. Klieger helped restore Mr. Redstone’s control of Viacom and clear the way for sweeping changes in the management and strategic direction of the company.

In addition to his litigation engagements, Mr. Klieger regularly advises film studios, broadcast and cable television networks, and video game publishers in connection with a wide variety of intellectual property, privacy, and contract issues. He is frequently consulted in connection with the negotiation and drafting of complex business transactions involving film production and financing and in connection with the production and distribution of reality television programming. Mr. Klieger has also advised high-ranking executives in connection with non-solicitation and non-competition provisions in employment agreements in the financial services and other industries.

Representative Experience

  • Prevailed in $40 billion battle for corporate control of Viacomon on behalf of controlling shareholder and Chairman Emeritus Sumner Redstone, which was waged in the courts of Delaware, Massachusetts, and California. (See “Viacom Saga Comes to End With Redstones Emerging Victorious,” Bloomberg; “Redstone Family Prevails in Fight for Viacom,” The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Won unanimous defense verdict for Electronic Arts in jury trial on copyright claim related to The Sims 3, the third installment in the company’s best-selling series of life simulation games. Also won summary judgment for Electronic Arts on companion claim for alleged trade secret misappropriation and secured affirmance of that ruling by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Obtained dismissal of a dozen subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company from multimillion-dollar trademark infringement and unfair competition action involving Toy Story 3. Recently argued appeal in this matter before U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Represented media mogul Sumner Redstone in defending against high-profile challenge to his mental capacity filed by former companion Manuela Herzer. Obtained dismissal of Ms. Herzer’s challenge after just one day of trial.
  • Obtained dismissal for Sumner Redstone of derivative action filed by Viacom shareholder in Delaware Chancery Court, which sought to claw back compensation Mr. Redstone earned in connection with his service on Viacom’s Board of Directors.

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  • Obtained confidential settlement for Electronic Arts in high-profile dispute related to hiring of development team responsible for the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare video game franchise.
  • Successfully defended Electronic Arts in trademark infringement and right of publicity actions related to EA SPORTS Active, Fight Night, Medal of Honor, and Mirror’s Edge video games.
  • Obtained confidential settlements for Paramount Picturesin multimillion-dollar contract and business tort actions involving complex domestic and international film financing transactions.
  • Successfully represented Nickelodeon, MTV Networks, and CBSin defending against copyright and idea submission claims related to various scripted and reality television series.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for Showtime Networksin action alleging Lanham Act and right of publicity violations in connection with misattribution of motion picture.
  • Obtained confidential settlement for Oscar-winning filmmakerin accounting and profit participation dispute related to The Lord of the Rings.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for three leading film studiosin multibillion-dollar dispute related to licensing and distribution of pay television services in Australia.
  • Successfully defended founders and franchisor of the world-famous improv comedy clubs in trademark infringement and breach of contract disputes
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Robert N. Klieger

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Education

Stanford Law School (J.D., 1997) Order of the Coif

Hamilton College (A.B., Government, 1994) summa cum laude, with Distinction; Phi Beta Kappa

Clerkships

Hon. Cynthia Holcomb Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Hon. Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Admissions

California

United States Supreme Court