Robert E. Allen
Robert E. Allen is a highly accomplished, results-focused intellectual property lawyer with significant experience in both litigation and transactions involving copyright, especially in entertainment and new media related fields.
Immediately prior to joining Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP, Robert practiced at McKool Smith P.C., focusing on intellectual property and entertainment-related disputes in both state and federal court. Before that, Robert had his own firm and was the senior vice president, head of business and legal affairs for Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), the then-largest music publisher in the world, where he was also head of the New Media Business Development, charged with setting the direction and execution of cutting edge digital and internet exploitation strategies. Robert was at UMPG for almost fourteen years; prior to UMPG, he was the second in command of the business and legal affairs department of the PolyGram Music Publishing Group, where he provided negotiation and legal support for its executive team.
Media & Entertainment
Litigation counsel for photographer Annette Navarro in its copyright infringement and breach of contract actions against The Procter & Gamble Company related to unauthorized use of photographs on packaging and in advertisements.
Trial and litigation counsel for Photographic Illustrator’s Corp. in its copyright infringement and breach of contract actions against Osram Sylvania, one of the world’s largest lighting manufacturers, resulting in an award, including attorneys’ fees, of ~$15 Million.
Trial counsel and lead litigation counsel for legendary music producer Quincy Jones against the late music icon Michael Jackson’s production company, MJJ Productions Inc., in a breach of contract and royalty dispute, securing a $9.4 million jury verdict.
Litigation and transactional counsel for the Estate of Jack Kerouac and his heirs concerning reclaiming renewal term copyrights and renegotiating publishing agreements with Penguin Books.
Litigation counsel for Mikely Adam, a co-writer and co-producer of many famous songs, in his copyright infringement suit against the producer DJ Mustard.
Litigation and appellate counsel for several record companies in their class action suits against radio and Internet stations owned by CBS Radio, Cumulus and iHeart regarding the license or pay for the use of sound recordings created prior to 1972. Argued before the Ninth Circuit, resulting in the court agreeing with clients’ position.
Litigation counsel for Flo & Eddie p/k/a “The Turtles” against Sirius XM in class actions around the country concerning misappropriation and unlawful exploitation of their pre-1972 recordings, resulting in a $25M settlement plus future royalties.
Litigation counsel for Luis Coronel, the latin “Justin Bieber,” and Empire Productions against copyright infringement claims by a producer.
Litigation counsel for the writers of the first G.I Joe film in a copyright infringement action against Paramount Pictures for misappropriation of treatments and pitch materials in the $350,000,000 grossing sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Litigation counsel for Rolan Bolan for reclaiming renewal term copyrights to the songs of Rolan’s father, rock legend Marc Bolan of T. Rex.
Litigation counsel for Mort Stevens for reversion of copyright to the Hawaii Five-0 theme song.
Represented Berry Oakley Jr., son of Raymond Oakley, who was one of the original members of The Allman Brothers, in a claim for reclaiming renewal term copyrights to the artist’s songs.
Defended entities owned by Jerry Goldstein against breach of contract and other claims by Sylvester Stewart p/k/a “Sly and the Family Stone” concerning the ownership of music royalties, which have now resulted in Court-approved settlements following multi-phased trials.
Litigation counsel on behalf of acclaimed singer/song-writer Aimee Mann against MediaNet for copyright infringement of her musical compositions by MediaNet’s music service through limited downloads, and interactive and non-interactive streams.
Transaction counsel for this world renowned photographer, including licensing of his works for the PBS production of Joni Mitchell’s Birthday Celebration at the Los Angeles Music Center.
Transaction counsel for this iconic photographer and his agreements with the Estate of Prince.
Content licensing, software development, white label product, and marketing support for consumer electronic company’s IPTV digital media service.
Head of Business Affairs for startup television network on DirecTV/Verizon FIOS, including motion picture acquisitions and licensing, original programming production, web development, and regulatory compliance.
Movie and TV content licensing and software application licensing to consumer electronics products for entertainment digital distribution company, including electronic sell through, digital rental, Ultraviolet, and Disc to Digital distribution.
J.D., University of California at Los Angeles
B.A., University of California at Berkeley
McKool Smith P.C.
Robert E. Allen, P.C.
Gradstein & Marzano, P.C.
Senior Vice President and Head of Business and Legal Affairs
Universal Music Publishing Group
United States Supreme Court
State Bar of California
United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
United States District Courts, Central District of California
United States District Courts, Northern District of California
United States District Courts, Southern District of California
United States District Courts, Eastern District of California