LOS ANGELES — July 23, 2018— Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added leading intellectual property litigator Elizabeth Valentina as a shareholder in its Litigation Practice. Valentina previously worked at Fox Entertainment Group, where she led global precedent-setting litigation in the online content and platform space. She joins Greenberg Traurig’s Los Angeles office, as part of the Media and Entertainment Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation Groups.
“This is exciting news for both Greenberg Traurig and our Litigation Practice,” said Ian C. Ballon, who co-chairs Greenberg Traurig’s Global Intellectual Property and Technology Practice. “The addition of a litigator with Elizabeth’s talent and experience is in keeping with our growth strategy and our commitment to provide clients with high-level, sophisticated service in one place.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth to Greenberg Traurig,” said Global Litigation Practice Co-Chair Jeff E. Scott and Gregory A. Fishman, who co-manage the firm’s Los Angeles Office. “Her experience in complex disputes throughout the entertainment and tech industries makes her an incredible asset to serve our clients.”
Valentina is an experienced litigator who represents clients in commercial and intellectual property matters, including copyright, DMCA, platform and digital content issues, and Internet-related disputes. She has experience handling complex litigation matters for major movie studios, global entertainment companies, publishers, and apparel and toy designers. She also counsels clients on global copyright, digital distribution and licensing, online services, and intermediary liability issues.
As a Vice President at Fox Entertainment Group, Valentina initiated and ran ground-breaking litigation, investigations, and criminal referrals related to online content, including streaming services and apps, platforms, devices, and intermediaries. She litigated prominent cases including Aereo, VidAngel, ivi, FilmOn, Isohunt, Hotfile and RealDVD. She also filed amicus briefs in many major cases involving copyright, content protection, and DMCA safe harbors including Kirtsaeng, Lenz, ReDigi and Vernor/Blizzard. She also managed cases internationally, such as, iinet (Australia), Hernandez and Popcorntime (Canada), Megaupload (New Zealand), Xunlei (China) and various matters relating to intermediaries throughout Asia and Europe.
“Greenberg Traurig’s reputation as a litigation powerhouse combined with its strength in both entertainment and technology matters, stellar cultural values, and practice and geographic diversity made this a clear choice for me,” Valentina said. “I look forward to contributing to the firm and working hand-in-hand with its 38 offices worldwide.”
Since leaving Fox, Valentina has been advising tech companies, start-ups and emerging growth entities and teaching copyright law at USC Gould School of Law. She is admitted to practice in California, New York and Ontario (Canada).
Valentina is a frequent speaker on content protection and technology issues at industry conferences and at universities and previously served as trustee of the Los Angeles Copyright Society. She received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University, and B.A. with joint honors in English (Film and Communications) and Philosophy from McGill University.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice includes a team of more than 600 attorneys. The firm’s trial lawyers regularly appear in state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as in appellate courts and before international arbitration panels. They work closely with in-house counsel to develop a strategy that best fits a litigation cost and proficiency model appropriate to the client’s unique needs and goals.
About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and is among the Top 20 on the 2017 Am Law Global 100. Web: www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.