Courtney Curtis-Ives focuses her practice on defending professionals in malpractice actions, with an emphasis on representing other lawyers. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Curtis-Ives was a co-founder of a boutique litigation firm in downtown Los Angeles, where her cases included claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, rights of publicity, copyright, trademark and patent infringement, false advertising, defamation, and unfair competition.


  • California


  • Southwestern Law School – J.D.
    • cum laude
  • California State University, Long Beach – B.S.,
    • cum laude

Representative Matters

  • Defended a start-up test preparation company against claims for false advertising, breach of loyalty, internet defamation, and unfair competition during a three month jury trial where the plaintiff sough $18 million in damages. The jury awarded the plaintiff less than 1 percent of the damages sought.
  • Represented a high-end furniture design company in a matter involving trade dress and trademark infringement of furniture designs, and trade secret misappropriation of client lists. Prevailed on summary judgment on the trade secret claims. The remaining claims were dismissed on the first day of trial for lack of prosecution by the plaintiff, who largely abandoned the case after being defeated on summary judgment.
  • Represented a well-known tea company in a highly contentious two-week binding arbitration where the clients were being sued by the widow of their mentor for trademark infringement. Prepared a winning brief on a complex issue involving extra-territorial application of the Lanham Act which completely shielded the clients from over $10 million in exposure for foreign sales.
  • Olander Enterprises, Inc. v. Spencer Gifts, LLC, et al., 812 F. Supp. 2d 1070 (C.D. Cal. 2011) – Represented a novelty goods manufacturer in a copyright and trademark infringement case. Wrote, argued, and prevailed on summary judgment on an issue of first impression in the Ninth Circuit, which is now an oft-cited published opinion.
  • Represented a frozen yogurt chain being sued for trade dress infringement by a popular competitor, where the plaintiff sought protection in the interior décor of its yofurt shops. Negotiated extremely favorable settlement for clients resulting in payment of money by the plaintiff to the defendants.
  • Represented an international watch manufacturer being sued by an – celebrity actress for using her name and image in connection with advertisements. Negotiated settlement at a fraction of the Oscar-winning actress’s initial demands.
  • Represented the licensing arm of the NCAA in a putative class action case involving alleged misappropriation of likeness in video games, a case that has made national news headlines.
  • Represented well-known national retail chain store in a case involving copyright infringement of – necklaces. Negotiated dismissal of over 10 claims of infringement at the pre-answer stage of litigation, with no payment of money by the client.
  • Represented client being sued for alleged right of publicity violations by a company that claimed to have obtained assignments from various models. Court granted demurrer on the grounds that the assignments were invalid as a matter of law. The client was able to recover fees as the prevailing party.
  • Represented social networking client being sued for violation of the California anti-SPAM laws and other related Internet communication claims. The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed nearly every claim after seeing the draft motion for summary judgment.
  • Represented appliance recycling center in which the plaintiff sued defendant for patent invalidity (involving a complex recycling process and machinery), and false advertising as to patent rights. After discovery efforts, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss the patent invalidity claims. The client then prevailed on summary judgment as to the false advertising claims. The Ninth Circuit affirmed.

Recent Publications

  • Curtis-Ives, C. (2011) “Does a Stock Photography Agency’s Copyright Registration Extend to Each Photograph Contained in its Database?” New Matter, Vol. 36
  • Curtis-Ives, C. (2006) “Under the Section 2 Microscope: Do Pfizer’s Bundled Rebates and Exclusive Dealing Contracts Violate the Sherman Antitrust Act?” Southwestern Law Review, Vol. 35
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