In his more than 40-year career as an attorney and commercial litigator, Bert H. Deixler has tried scores of cases to verdict, litigated cases involving more than 25 reported decisions, and prevailed in appearances before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the landmark case of Johnson v. California, which ruled unconstitutional the forced racial segregation of California’s prison system.
For his work on that case, California Lawyer magazine awarded him the prestigious California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award. Mr. Deixler is widely known for his entertainment, media, and intellectual property experience. He has litigated on behalf of individuals and entities in a wide array of industries, including motion pictures, television, music, and new technologies.
Mr. Deixler advises and resolves disputes pertaining to copyright, trademark, digital downloading, libel, and rights of privacy matters, as well as the full range of business torts claims. His clients include prominent artists in music, TV, and new media, as well as motion picture and TV studios, broadcast networks, and production and distribution companies.
A former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division, Mr. Deixler represents individual and corporate clients in the criminal, quasi-criminal, regulatory, and parallel proceedings litigation. This includes white-collar crime allegations, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) actions involving tax fraud, insider trading, backdating options, wire and mail fraud, internal investigations, and other investigations and proceedings.
He represents clients in a wide array of other commercial disputes, including wrongful termination and post-termination compensation entitlement disputes and allegations of professional malpractice. He is frequently called upon to advise professionals and Boards of Directors in disputes pertaining to duties, departures, and responsibilities.
In addition to his experience in commercial and media litigation, Mr. Deixler has a deep commitment to public service, including the fair administration of justice in California. He has served as a member or as counsel to numerous reform commissions including the Los Angeles Ethics Commission (Cowan Commission), the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department (Christopher Commission), the Rampart Independent Review Panel and the Citizen’s Commission on Jail Violence. He has testified before the California Senate on constitutional issues related to racial segregation in prisons.
Mr. Deixler played a founding role in establishing the Pro Se Clinic of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, an initiative to promote access to civil justice in conjunction with Public Counsel and the Judges of the District. He has also participated in initiating a pilot program in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California that permits limited representation by attorneys of Pro Se litigants in pending Central District cases.
- Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1976
- Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
- George Washington University, B.A., 1973
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Represented musician Jack White and The White Stripes in a copyright litigation against a music producer seeking ownership of copyright interest in The White Stripes’ songs. Diamond v. Gillis, 357 F. Supp. 2d 1003 (E.D. Mich. 2005)
- Represented a radio production company in litigation relating to a challenge to a Top 10 song countdown format.
- Watermark, Inc. v. United Stations, Inc., 219 U.S.P.Q. 31 (C.D. Cal. 1982)
- Represented an investment banking firm in litigation and appeal relating to licensing requirements for the sale of a business.
- All Points Traders, Inc. v. Barrington Associates, 211 Cal. App. 3d 723 (1989)
- Represented a real estate development company in an action against an international engineering and construction firm for damages for breach of contract to transfer real property.
- Ersa Grae Corp. v. Fluor Corp., 1 Cal. App. 4th 613 (1991)
- Represented a concert promoter in a suit against the City of Burbank for denying access to public forum based on content of performers’ expression, in violation of First Amendment.
- Cinevision Corp. v. City of Burbank, 745 F. 2d 560 (9th Cir. 1984)
- Represented parties who were seeking to maintain confidentiality of a search warrant and other pre-indictment investigation materials.
- Times Mirror Co. v. United States, 873 F.2d 1210 (9th Cir. 1989)
- Negotiated a landmark settlement to end racial discrimination in housing and job assignments in Arizona’s state-operated prisons.
- At the request of the California Supreme Court, represented an indigent death row defendant in appeal of his conviction and habeas corpus petition.
- People v. Williams, 44 Cal. 3d 1127, 751 P.2d 901 (1988)
- In re Williams, 7 Cal. 4th 572, 870 P.2d 1072 (1994)
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