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Sedgwick LLP

John F. Stephens
Partner

Los Angeles, California
tel: 213.426.6900
fax: 213.426.6921

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John Stephens focuses his practice on data privacy and digital marketing issues, media and entertainment litigation, live entertainment transactional; including music festivals, intellectual property licensing and transactions, and specialty insurance coverage and litigation. Mr. Stephens’ entertainment and media clients include media entities, national and world wide live entertainment and sports companies, magazines, television and radio stations, production companies, entertainment technology companies, computer technologies, online content and software providers, and talent. Additionally, Mr. Stephens represents clients in manufacturing, and the financial & insurance industries.
 
Mr. Stephens focuses his practice on enforcement and litigation of copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, and false advertising matters. He is proficient at first amendment and defamation issues, all aspects of issues involving live entertainment events with emphasis on music festivals both foreign and in the US.  He counsels clients on protecting intellectual property rights, as well as handles intellectual property transactions, such as software licenses, product licenses, rights-sharing agreements, and merchandising and branding deals.
 
Mr. Stephens also represents insurers in all aspects of coverage, including defense, preparation of coverage opinions, claims investigation, litigation and trial. He also counsels insurers on claims handling procedures, loss prevention and assist with drafting media and data privacy policies.

Areas of Concentration

Media & Entertainment Litigation; Specialty Insurance Coverage and Litigation; Directors and Officers Coverage and Litigation

Admissions

California; 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.); U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.); U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.); U.S. District Court (S.D. Cal.)

Education

J.D. (1995) Rutgers University Law School
B.S. (1990) Rutgers University