Priya Sopori

Partner
Fax 310-201-1796

Biography

Priya Sopori is founder and co-chair of Greenberg Glusker’s Cannabis Industry Group and a member of the firm’s Litigation Group.

Priya’s legal savvy and deep courtroom experience—both as an award-winning veteran federal prosecutor and in substantial private practice—enable her to provide clients with the skilled representation and counsel they need during high-stakes trial and crisis situations.

As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California, she indicted some 45 cases, tried numerous multi-week jury trials, and successfully prosecuted federal sex crimes against women and children, white-collar fraud, and cybercrimes, obtaining convictions.

Business Litigation & Trial Experience

Priya has extensive business litigation and trial experience involving intellectual property, copyright and trade-secret protection, licensing agreements for music and internet/television rights, international film financing and distribution, employer discrimination and sexual harassment, securities litigation, entertainment litigation, wrongful death, and white-collar crime. Priya has won numerous defense verdicts, including a multimillion-dollar employment discrimination suit against a major insurer, and in suits against a successful developer, a noted Hollywood studio, and other high-profile clients.

Cannabis Experience

In addition to her trial expertise, Priya regularly works with clients who represent cannabis investment funds, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, her practice touches nearly every link in the industry chain. She often acts as outside general counsel to cannabis clients by providing guidance on employment, contractual, real estate, and intellectual property matters as well as assisting with regulatory compliance concerns, including agency and/or government investigations. Priya has successfully litigated the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash by the government and successfully negotiated settlements in favor of her clients. She has also successfully negotiated favorable settlements in several trademark litigation matters, thereby protecting cannabis brands. Together with her clients, she has been on the vanguard of the battle against unlicensed cannabis shops and counterfeit cannabis products, sending countless cease and desist letters to protect her clients’ brands. In addition to writing articles in the Los Angeles Business Journal and speaking to media outlets such as Law360, the Associated Press, and NBC Los Angeles, she continues to warn state and local governments of the health and financial risks that counterfeit products and unlicensed cannabis shops pose to the public.

Recent Representative Lead Trial Lawyer Experience (Employment Matters)

  • Multi-week arbitration involving employment agreement and related claims. No liability and full attorney fees ordered.
  • Multi-week jury trial in downtown Los Angeles involving employment discrimination and other claims against a major insurance company. Defense verdict obtained.
  • Favorable settlement after first day of trial in employment matter involving claims of wrongful termination, harassment, and related claims.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on first day of trial in federal wage and hour class action matter.
  • Obtained favorable settlement one week before trial on federal employment claims resulting from orders on Motions in Limine.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on first day of trial on wrongful termination and related employment claims.

Recent Representative Lead Counsel Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of major network on employment claims, including sexual harassment, disability discrimination and related claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment against government on civil claims related to real estate deal.
  • Obtained summary judgment in matter involving retrieval of millions of dollars in community property gifted to client’s husband’s mistress.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of major development company on trade dress and breach of contract claims, in which plaintiffs claimed defendant stole their design.
  • Obtained summary judgment on contract claims brought against a major studio. Appellate Court affirmed grant of summary judgment.

Representative Current Clients

  • Anonymous Seeking Alpha blogger “Aurelius” in multiple federal court disputes to determine Aurelius’ true identity.
  • High-profile talent in connection with family matters, media relations, and government investigations.
  • Celebrity-owned television network in multiple employment litigation matters.
  • Production companies and luxury development company in employment-related litigation.
  • Financial services companies in employment-related litigation.
  • Private medical clinics and hedge funds in connection with United States’ government investigations.
  • Financial investment company in connection with business litigation.

Client Comments from Chambers USA:                

  • There are very few lawyers you can really trust so I highly recommend them. Wherever she goes that’s probably where I’ll go. I have not discovered any weaknesses that she has. Her strengths are her aura in the courtroom, her ability to communicate complex topics succinctly–which is fantastic for a judge or jury–and the fact that she communicates them in an understandable way. She is also able to guide the decision maker to see her solution or argument as the only one. Priya Sopori alone is phenomenal.

  • Priya Sopori's client service and general level of service, level of sophistication and commercial vision are very strong. Priya is the most impressive attorney I have ever worked with and is the first number to call if there is a challenging matter at my company. She is quick, efficient, intelligent and charismatic. Bringing a task or project to her ensures to everyone on my team that it will be handled excellently.

  • Priya is by far beyond the best attorney I have worked with. She is quick to pick up whatever task or issue we send her way and she’s great at explaining what’s going to happen. She knows the right things to do in a situation. She is outstanding.

Professional Affiliations

Awards

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Central District of California

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law  (J.D., 2000)
  • University of Pennsylvania  (B.A., 1995)
    • English