James R. Molen

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Biography

James Molen is a Partner in the Litigation Department of Greenberg Glusker.  A passionate advocate, James has built a reputation for developing creative strategies and winning arguments for a wide variety of clients, including celebrities, athletes, real estate developers, beauty product manufacturers, food distributors, and technology firms.

Over the years, James has litigated numerous high-profile cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, with extensive experience handling partnership disputes, false advertising, unfair competition, intellectual property, and breach of contract actions. No matter the size of the case, however, James is driven by a singular goal: delivering successful, cost-efficient results for his clients.

“Every case can have a desirable outcome,” explains James. “Sometimes this means achieving a favorable settlement without resort to litigation. Sometimes it means taking a case all the way to trial. Always though, there is the best result for the client. I make it my business to discover what that result is, and then do everything in my power to achieve it.”

Beyond his litigation practice, James also provides advice and counsel in connection with false advertising and intellectual property issues, as well as general business matters.

An avid yogi, James prides himself on bringing a sense of mindfulness and cordiality to his practice that tends to reduce the often-stressful nature of litigation on his clients, while still delivering on his commitment to success. 

Representative matters include:

  • Represented Shelly Sterling in the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer.
  • Successfully defended makers of “Sugar in the Raw” food product against federal lawsuit alleging false advertising and unfair competition. Obtained dismissal of action at the earliest stage of litigation, prior to commencement of discovery.
  • Obtained summary judgment for technology firm in multi-plaintiff federal action for employment violations, resulting in complete dismissal of claims.
  • Currently representing boxing promoter Golden Boy Promotions in various litigation matters.
  • Successfully defended the heirs of Bob Marley against federal lawsuit concerning the Marley Coffee brand. Obtained dismissal of action at the earliest stage of litigation, prior to commencement of discovery.
  • Successfully defended E! Entertainment against federal lawsuit alleging copyright violations. Obtained dismissal of action at the earliest stage of litigation, prior to commencement of discovery.
  • Obtained summary judgment for Warren Beatty in action concerning the rights to Dick Tracy, resulting in Mr. Beatty’s exclusive retention of all rights to the character.
  • Represented Uma Thurman in prosecution of multi-million dollar lawsuit concerning the motion picture “Eloise in Paris,” resulting in a seven-figure settlement for the client.
  • Currently serving as outside counsel to several beauty product and food companies concerning intellectual property issues and compliance with truth in advertising laws.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles  (J.D., Order of the Coif, 2008)
    • Entertainment Law Review
    • Media Law and Policy Specialization
  • Washington University  (B.A., 2005)
    • Political Science and Philosophy