With a particular focus on crafting highly persuasive legal arguments before trial and appellate courts, Nicholas F. Daum has obtained successful results for clients including major entertainment-industry corporations, religious organizations, law firms, and professional advisors.
Fluent in all stages of civil litigation, Mr. Daum skillfully crafts legal arguments that have helped clients resolve novel and cutting-edge legal issues, especially in the areas of commercial and contract law, First Amendment and constitutional law, and professional liability.
- Yale Law School, J.D., 2003
- Cover Fellow
- Yale Law Journal, Notes Editor
- Yale Journal on Regulation, Executive Editor
- Research Assistant to Professor Owen Fiss
- University of California at Berkeley, M.A., History, 2000
- Mellon Fellow
- Cornell University, B.A., History and College Scholar Program, 1996
- Magna cum laude
- Represent minority owners of major television production company in major corporate dispute involving multiple appeals and numerous appellate issues.
- Represent estate of prominent deceased music star in connection with multiple appeals involving California’s anti-SLAPP law and the First Amendment.
- Obtained complete defense-side summary judgment for defendant BET Networks, Inc. in a case that involved novel First Amendment issues that were applied to performers and cast members.
- Integral member of the team that obtained a complete defense victory for Paramount Pictures at trial and on appeal in a complex commercial dispute over domestic and international film financing.
- Currently representing the heirs of a holocaust survivor in a federal court action brought against a Spanish state-owned museum for the restitution of a Camille Pissarro painting that was looted by the Nazis.
- Obtained dismissal of an action brought against a lawyer who was representing the heirs of the original authors of the “Superman” comics.
- Representing Los Angeles County in a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a new state law that puts the redrawing of county supervisors’ districts in the hands of a 14-member citizens committee.
- Represented civil rights and pro-democracy organizations in filing amicus briefs challenging partisan gerrymandering before the U.S. Supreme Court and Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Bar and Court Admissions:
- California, 2005
- U.S. District Courts
- Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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