Sarah Cronin’s practice includes entertainment, intellectual property, insurance recovery and complex business litigation. Sarah represents and advises media and entertainment companies on a variety of matters, including copyright, trademark, defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, insurance recovery, breach of contract, employment and cyber-piracy and Internet domain name retrieval through WIPO. She has served as counsel in connection with disputes before the Motion Picture Association of America Title Registration Bureau, as well as appeared before a variety of state and federal courts.
Sarah also represents and advises clients in insurance recovery matters, representing policyholders against their insurance providers to enforce their coverage rights, and recovering millions of dollars in unpaid claims and damages on behalf of policyholders. Sarah is involved in the resolution of claims brought under CGL, media liability, E&O and D&O claims, as well as builder’s risk claims, among others.
No matter how complex, discordant or high-stakes the dispute, Sarah is committed to finding a path to resolution that achieves the desired result for her client. Sarah is a strategic problem-solver, and is valued for her ability to effectively communicate various positions throughout the dispute-resolution process. An influential advocate both inside and outside of the courtroom, Sarah knows what it takes to succeed at every stage of litigation. As a result, she is able to think several steps ahead when dealing with a difficult problem head-on.
Notably, Sarah is the co-chair of the California Chapter and Member of the Insurance Group of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC), the co-chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law’s Media Advocacy Workshop, and chair-elect of ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Media, Privacy and Advertising Law Committee. She also performs pro bono services in connection with the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and successfully represented a client seeking early intervention services for developmental delays.
Prior to private practice, Sarah served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Richard A. Kramer, Judge of the California Superior Court, County of San Francisco, Complex Litigation Department in 2005. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Susan Y. Illston, Judge of the United States District Court, Northern District of California in 2006.
Everette Silas and Sherri Littleton v. Home Box Office
, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107944 (C.D. Cal., July 25, 2016). Represented Home Box Office, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, among others; obtained a dismissal of a $200 million copyright infringement claim relating to the popular HBO original series “Ballers.”
Hunter v. CBS Broadcasting Inc.
, 221 Cal. App. 4th 1510 (2013). Represented CBS Broadcasting Inc. in obtaining a ruling that anti-SLAPP statute applies to employment discrimination claims brought against a media defendant.
CBS Radio Inc. adv. Second Chance Financial
, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles (2012). Represented CBS Radio Inc. through a bench trial, and obtained a dismissal of fraud and breach of contract claims; secured an award of over $550,000 in attorneys’ fees in the client’s favor.
Fox Searchlight Pictures v. Camelot Pictures, et al.
, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC 394751 (2009). Represented Fox Searchlight Pictures in a financing dispute over the motion picture “Margaret.”
Served as a member of the team that successfully represented a cooperative association of 450 family-owned dairies, maker of the best-selling brand of butter in the Western U.S., in a class action filed inLos Angeles Superior Court, alleging that the labeling of certain of their dairy products was false and misleading and in violation of the California Unfair Competition statutes, as well as the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. The judge dismissed the case with prejudice on federal preemption grounds.
Assisted in successfully retrieving numerous Internet domain names incorporating clients’ trademarks from cybersquatters all over the world.
Represented a production company in a coverage dispute over a claim for copyright infringement, securing coverage for attorneys’ fees and settlement with the plaintiff.
Represented a production company in a coverage dispute over the collapse of a set during the filming of a motion picture, securing coverage for damages and extra expenses caused by the collapse.
Represented a studio in a coverage dispute over the injury of a stuntman, securing complete coverage for claims.
Represented one of the nation’s top commercial construction companies in multimillion dollar insurance coverage disputes nationwide.
Represented a general contractor in successfully obtaining insurance coverage for a multimillion dollar construction defect claim.
Represented a manufacturing company in successfully obtaining insurance coverage for a pollution liability claim.
American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law, co-chair of Media Advocacy Workshop
American Bar Association, Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), chair-elect of Media, Privacy and Advertising Law Committee
Media Law Resource Center, co-chair of California Chapter, member of Insurance Group
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Entertainment Law & Intellectual Property Section (ELIPS)