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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 matters, including music festivals and intellectual property licensing and transactions; and specialty insurance coverage and litigation.  Mr. Stephens’ entertainment and media clients include media entities, national and worldwide 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 and insurance industries.

Data Protection and Privacy

Mr. Stephens advises companies across a broad range of industries on data protection and privacy laws, including retail, health care, and technology companies.  He ensures clients meet obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the CAN-SPAM Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, breach notification laws, and other federal and state laws. 

He regularly helps companies formulate or revise privacy policies to comply with new laws or take into account new technologies or changes in business operations.  He also advises companies on the data privacy and security implications of mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing arrangements, and other transactions.

Mr. Stephens is experienced in protecting companies both before and after data breaches.  His expertise includes minimizing the risk of a data breach and putting companies in the best position to respond if a breach occurs.  Preventive measures include privacy and security assessments which help companies develop or improve data privacy practices and incident response plans.  In the event of a breach, he provides rapid and comprehensive incident response under the protection of the attorney-client privilege.  Mr. Stephens has advised numerous companies in response to breaches, including management consulting, health care, and large multinational retail companies.  Mr. Stephens has assisted these companies in determining the source and scope of the breach, assessing regulatory compliance requirements, managing notifications and call centers, and conducting after-action review.

Intellectual Property 

Mr. Stephens also 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 U.S.  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.

Insurance

Mr. Stephens represents insurers in all aspects of coverage, including defense, preparation of coverage opinions, claims investigation, litigation, and trial.  He counsels insurers on claims-handling procedures and loss prevention and assists with drafting media and data privacy policies.

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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