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Nina D. Boyajian is a shareholder in the litigation and intellectual property practice groups of the firm's Los Angeles office. Her areas of concentration include trademark, copyright (including DMCA), privacy (e.g., right of publicity and TCPA class action defense), and First Amendment counseling and litigation. Nina has been involved in all stages of litigation from pre-litigation diligence and enforcement through preliminary injunction proceedings, discovery, summary judgment, trial, and appeal. Nina has represented clients across a variety of industries and technologies both in enforcing their intellectual property rights and defending against claims of infringement. As a corollary to her trademark litigation practice, Nina also provides strategic trademark portfolio management counseling.

In addition to her intellectual property and privacy litigation practice, Nina also has broad experience litigating general business disputes, particularly in the entertainment space. Her litigation and trial experience extends to both state and federal courts nationwide.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented two digital music services in obtaining dismissal of pre-1972 sound recordings California copyright claims brought by a putative class in Ponderosa Twins Plus One v. iHeart Media, Inc., Case No. 3:16-cv-5648-VC, 2020 WL 3481737 (N.D. Cal. June 26, 2020).
  • Represented electronic group, an automobile manufacturer, and other co-defendants in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against them by rapper Rick Ross and his producers Andrew Harr and Jermaine Jackson. After bifurcating the case, it settled on confidential terms. Roberts v. Gordy, 181 F. Supp. 3d 997 (S.D. Fla. 2016).
  • Represented Chico's FAS, Inc. in a copyright infringement case regarding clothing designs.
  • Represented Ezvid, Inc. in a copyright infringement action alleging infringement of the plaintiff's photograph of Steve Wozniak. Case settled on confidential terms.
  • Represented Sony Pictures Entertainment and its indirect subsidiary Crackle.com (formerly Grouper) in defense of a claim for copyright infringement based on Crackle's operation of a user-generated content site. The case was one of the first major cases filed challenging UGC sites to the statutory protections afforded service providers by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The case settled on confidential terms.
  • Representation of Gannett Co, Inc. in copyright and public access matters.
  • Represents Ares Management, a publicly traded, leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $295 billion of assets under management and approximately 1,500 employees. Manages and enforces worldwide trademark and domain name portfolio, and provides advice, counseling, and litigation regarding IP and privacy matters.
  • Represented the Estate of Michael Jackson in various lawsuits against the Estate, including obtaining an injunction in a trademark case that was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit. Branca v. Heal the World Found., 568 F. App'x 521 (9th Cir. 2014).
  • Represented user-generated content websites in copyright and trademark disputes.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and later permanent injunction against counterfeiters of brand-name jeans.
  • Represented Yahoo! in defeating class certification in Sherman v. Yahoo! Inc., No. 13cv0041–GPC–WVG, 2015 WL 5604400 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 23, 2015)
  • Represented defendant in Telephone Consumer Protection Act putative class action brought over confirmatory text messages. Ibey v. Taco Bell Corp., 2012 WL 2401972 (S.D. Cal. 2012).
  • Represented MySpace, Inc. in MySpace, Inc. v. Media Breakaway, LLC, which resulted in a more than $6 million judgment in favor of MySpace for claims under the CAN-SPAM act and related state law claims.
  • Represented MySpace, Inc. in MySpace, Inc. v. Wallace, 498 F. Supp. 2d 1293 (C.D. Cal. 2007), enjoining a defendant under the CAN-SPAM Act.
  • Represented MySpace, Inc. in MySpace, Inc. v. TheGlobe.com, Inc., 2007 WL 1686966 (C.D. Cal. 2007), granting summary judgment under the CAN-SPAM Act, California's anti-spamming statute and for breach of MySpace's Terms of Use, including its $50 per email liquidated damages clause. The case settled on confidential terms in 2007.
  • Defended Sony Pictures Entertainment in a federal jury trial involving a claimed $50 million lawsuit alleging interference with a promoter’s contracts with personalities from client's hit television show and involving trademark counterclaims. After the close of plaintiffs’ case, the federal judge dismissed the plaintiffs’ case with prejudice. The Celler Law Organization, Inc., et al., vs.  Sony Pictures Television Inc., USDC, Southern District of Florida, Case No.: 1:13-CV-61678-Cohn-Seltzer.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2023
  • Listed, Global Data Review, “40 Under 40," 2018
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2013-2021
    • Top Women Attorneys in Southern California, "Rising Star," 2019
  • Listed, Daily Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40," 2016
  • Lawyer representative for the Central District of California, 2018-2022
  • Pro bono counsel to Ukrainian citizen seeking Temporary Protected Status in the U.S.
  • Pro bono counsel to Mona Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports grassroots initiatives focused on education and raising the status of women and girls in the US and abroad.
  • Pro bono counsel in removal proceedings of a human and women’s rights activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo seeking asylum in the United States; client is now a lawful U.S. citizen
  • Member, American Bar Association, Civil Litigation, IP Law, Business Law
  • Member, California Bar Association, Litigation
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Century City Bar Association
  • Member, National Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers Los Angeles
  • Ambassador/fundraiser, Public Counsel’s Run for Justice, 2008-2017
  • Chair of firm's Global Women's Initiative in Los Angeles

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., University of Southern California Law School
  • B.A., cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles
    • College Honors
  • Diploma in French Language and Civilization, University of Paris, Sorbonne
Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
Languages
  • Armenian
  • French