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Bethany Rabe focuses her practice on entertainment-related litigation, with particular interest in copyright, trademark, right of publicity, defamation, and Internet matters, as well as appellate litigation and brand management. Bethany also has a broad range of general commercial litigation experience.


  • Copyright and trademark litigation
  • Entertainment disputes
  • Commercial and business litigation
  • Defamation and anti-SLAPP
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) compliance and litigation
  • The Visual Artists Rights Act (“VARA”)
  • Rights of publicity
  • Removing infringing goods from online marketplaces
  • Appellate litigation



Bethany has played an active role in countless matters, including the teams that have:

  • Enforced a pantomime copyright for Teller's famous “Shadows” illusion.
  • Represented champion boxer Floyd Mayweather, including
    • Obtaining summary judgment (and affirmance on appeal) in a multimillion-dollar copyright infringement action involving his appearance on WWE's WrestleMania 24.
    • Litigating and ultimately resolving defamation litigation with boxer Manny Pacquiao.
    • Obtaining dismissal of the class-action lawsuit against Mr. Mayweather and others arising out of the 2015 Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.
    • Obtaining final judgment and permanent injunction when Mr. Mayweather’s name and likeness were infringed by multiple defendants.
  • Represented the Grand Canyon Skywalk developer in defamation litigation.
  • Extern, Clark County District Attorney's Office
  • Captain, United States Air Force Reserve

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America
    • Copyright Law, 2024
    • Trademark Law, 2024
  • Team Member, a Law360 “Media & Entertainment Practice Group of the Year,” 2022
  • Recipient, Legal Aid of Southern Nevada Lied Award, 2020
  • Listed, Vegas Inc., “Top Lawyers,” 2021
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Mountain States Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2014-2015 and 2017-2020
  • Recipient, Laurie Miller Public Service Award, 2019
  • Recognized, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Pro Bono Awards, “100-Hour Club,” 2018
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Entertainment Law - Music, 2011-2012
  • Past Editor-in-Chief of Litigation News, the ABA Section of Litigation’s flagship publication (circulation of approximately 30,000); Current Editorial Board Member and Editor-at-Large
  • Teaching Fellow, CopyrightX (an online copyright course offered through Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance learning initiave, and the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
    • Member, Intellectual Property Litigation Committee


  • LL.M., Harvard Law School
  • J.D., with distinction, University of Utah College of Law
    • Articles Editor, Utah Law Review
  • M.P.P., Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • B.S., with distinction, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Nevada
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California