Greg has been a litigator for over 35 years specializing in intellectual property, entertainment, employment and general business litigation. Throughout his career he has litigated and resolved hundreds of complex multi-party disputes before courts, juries, arbitrators and administrative agencies. His extensive experience has included roles such as lead counsel for a Fortune 500 company in a series of product liability actions, as well as long time outside litigation counsel for a major talent agency. For more than 10 years, Greg has served as a mediator and arbitrator in hundreds of disputes involving all types of litigants, including, actors, talent agencies, studios, production and record companies, musicians, small and large businesses, single plaintiffs, class representatives and their counsel, homeowners, partners, lawyers and their clients. He is known for his persistent, calm and steady approach, and for tactfully knowing when to be assertive and evaluative. Greg takes the time to understand the litigants in every case and helps them reach a resolution that fulfills their needs. He also takes into account the long-term business relationships of the parties. Many describe him as a mediator who has the perfect combination of good business sense and a compassionate ability to relate to people at every level. One attorney commented, "Greg has extraordinary patience and determination, but at the same time he's very practical and has a good business sense. He handled a mediation involving very sophisticated rights ownership issues, and the settlement probably could have cratered numerous times, but he kept bringing the parties back to the table even though the negotiations took well over six months to conclude. He's very dedicated and has a lot of perseverance."
Greg's poised, professional approach and demeanor were instrumental in building credibility and trust thought the process.
- Attorney in a Civil Rights Matter
Mediator was helpful in getting parties to attend the mediation and evaluating offers and settlement positions.
- Attorney on an IP Copyright Dispute
Greg was smart and savvy. We wasted no time. We initially explored a business solution. When that wouldn’t work, we shifted to a traditional payment approach and got right down to work. Excellent work!
- Attorney on a IP/Copyright Matter
Mr. Derin helped focus my client, who was concerned with other matters that did not really affect settlement. In doing so, streamlined the process.
- Attorney on a IP/Copyright Dispute
Creative, fair, eager to achieve a resolution, understood the issues.
- Attorney on a Business/Commercial Dispute
Greg David Derin, Attorney at Law, Los Angeles, October 1, 1997-Present
Del, Rubel, Shaw, Mason & Derin, Los Angeles, October 1, 1989-September 30, 1997
Dern, Mason & Floum, Los Angeles, Associate 1979-1986, Partner/Managing Partner Litigation Department 1986-1989
Education & Professional Affiliations
A.B., 1976, University of California, Berkeley, Graduation with Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., 1979, University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law), Research and Book Review Editor, California Law Review
Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
Harvard Law School, Harvard Negotiation Institute, "Mediation Workshop" (Assisted Professor Frank E.A. Sander, Linda Singer and Michael Lewis in teaching the course, June 2004 - June 2012)
Executive Committee, Southern California Chapter, North American Branch, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Chair, California State Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution 2006-2007
Member, California State Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution 2003-2007
Member, National and California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Member, CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (Los Angeles, Entertainment and Employment Panels)
Member, Arbitration Panel of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
Member, World Intellectual Property Organization Mediation and Arbitration Panels
Member, California Judicial Council's Administrative Office of the Courts Working Group on Qualifications For Mediators In Court-Connected Mediation Programs for Civil Cases
Member, Los Angeles Copyright Society
Member, California Dispute Resolution Council
Member, American Bar Association (Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections)
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Entertainment Sections; Dispute Resolution Associates)
Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association
Achievements & Awards
Southern California SuperLawyer, Every Year Since 2006 (ADR, Intellectual Property Litigation, Sports and Entertainment Law)
Arbitration, as member of three arbitrator panel, involving large commercial lease dispute relating to allegations of high technology equipment failure, fraud and misrepresentations.
Consumer Class Action
Settlement of prospective class action for consumer fraud and unfair trade practices relating to cosmetic product.
Mediation of related corporate dissolutions or buyouts, breach of fiduciary duty and damage claims, relating to high technology and organic farming companies.
Mediation regarding attempts to enforce settlement agreement dissolving partnership and dividing intellectual property rights among partners.
Mediation severing a longstanding chief financial manager of a large family trust, divesting financial interests, and unwinding employment and financial relationships.
Mediation of dispute between attorney and client regarding substantial fees incurred in representing client in various matters over an extended period.
Arbitration of a dispute concerning DVD distribution agreement.
Arbitration of video distribution and exploitation agreement.
Dispute regarding existence and terms of a partnership, and valuation of prospective partnership interest.
Mediated several disputes involving software contracts and employment agreements relating to software executives which also required familiarity with the terms of software license agreements.
Mediation involving royalties for iconic songs used in connection with home entertainment media.
Real estate/commercial lease dispute regarding alleged constructive eviction and counterclaim for unpaid rent.
Settlement of claims involving breach of motion picture distribution agreement, settlement agreement, and alter ego allegations.
Settlement of claim by net profit participant on Academy Award winning film that he not properly accounted to and was charged inappropriate fees and interest.
Dispute between majority and minority shareholders of S Corporation over control and distribution of income from closely held corporation.
Mediation of an action to rescind a multi-million dollar life insurance policy after the death of the insured, based on fraud.
Mediation of fraud claims involving commercial loan transaction.
Defendant Trustee alleged to have engaged in fraudulent conveyance of assets to Irrevocable Trust to shield them from execution on a pre-existing judgment lien.
Breach of Contract
Mediation regarding claims by former executive for compensation, production credits, and intellectual property rights.
Mediation involving independent contractor claims relating to sales commissions.
Mediation of claim for sexual harassment by actress in soft-core pornography production.
Mediation of claim by production company employee for sexual harassment and hostile work environment.
Wage and Hour Class Action
Mediation of wage and hour class action involving restaurant workers.
Mediation of multi-million dollar claim by former chief executive officer for fraud relating to equity interests.
Pre-litigation mediation of dispute involving settlement of multi-million dollar accounting and future requirements pertaining to international distribution of motion picture.
Mediation of dispute between writer and motion picture studio concerning obligations, credits, rights and accounting.
Mediation of dispute regarding film distribution and effect of bankruptcy on rights of parties and copyright assignments.
Mediation of action to termination copyright interests in iconic film and multimedia franchise.
Mediation of dispute involving rights to distribute and exploit rights to motion picture, and for damages and accounting.
Mediation of claim by actresses appearing in topless music video; successful anti-SLAPP motions.
Mediation of claims of interference with contractual relations against sports icon involved in recording business.
Mediation of dispute involving television and motion picture franchise, including video and ancillary royalties.
Mediation of dispute between teenage pop music artist and manager regarding fees and contractual issues.
Mediation of dispute between manager and minor actor and parent regarding fees and continued viability of relationship.
Mediation of audit claims involving, among other issues, alleged underreporting of digital mechanical and synch royalties, master use fees, and other issues.
Mediation of royalty audit issues, including issues pertaining to digital download royalty/licensing issues.
Mediation to resolve rights between record company, members of an iconic rock group, and the heir of a deceased band member.
Mediation of audit issues pertaining to an iconic song, including issues pertaining to delayed discovery, digital downloads, royalty rates, and alleged underreporting.
Arbitration of international film distribution contract.
Arbitration of talent agency fee dispute.
Arbitration regarding entitlement to participate in future projects involving an iconic children's multimedia franchise.
Mediation of cross-claims by vendor and entrepreneur relating to alleged breaches of contract, equity rights, and performance issues relative to an innovative digital enterprise.
Mediation regarding alleged agreement to finance independent motion picture to be directed by Academy Award nominated director.
Mediation of claim for management commissions and allegations that claimant violated the Talent Agencies Act.
Action by director for breach of contract and entitlement to fixed and backend compensation in connection with motion picture.
Mediation of claims of misappropriation of ideas, copyright infringement, breach of implied contract, and fraud.
Mediation of copyright infringement claims based on fabric designs.
Mediation of dispute regarding distribution of copies of allegedly pirated copies of studio films.
Mediation of copyright infringement claims relating to designer garments.
Mediation of alleged unauthorized use of a copyrighted work of art in a motion picture.
Mediation of copyright infringement claims based on use of iconic image on t-shirts.
Arbitration of contract to pay royalties on architectural furniture designs.
Copyright infringement action involving alleged use of a photograph of an iconic movie star in a photo biography.
Mediation involving motion picture studio accounting and alleged fraudulent inducement claims.
Mediation of copyright infringement action regarding alleged unauthorized use of photographs and video content on websites and in social media.
Mediation of dispute involving alleged breach of contract to design and develop video games based upon iconic film franchise.
Dispute regarding insurance claim over cast insurance on motion picture.
Cross-claims involving motion picture for alleged copyright infringement for unauthorized use of screenplay by production company, and by producer for cloud on title of picture resulting in loss of sales and distribution opportunities.
IP Trade Secrets
Settlement of dispute involving alleged trade secrets rights to manufacturing processes of components of welding apparatus.
Mediation of claims of trademark infringement based on design elements of garments.
Mediation to dissolve a series of partnerships and joint ventures involving the ownership and operation of restaurants and agreements as to use of associated intellectual property.
Mediation of trademark infringement claim relating to iconic national garment brand.
Successful mediation of dispute pending before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB) regarding concerning application of intent to use
famous brand in new classes and challenge by holder of allegedly similar incontestable mark in proposed classes.
Settlement of multi-jurisdiction copyright infringement actions involving claims by numerous parties implicating hundreds of works, statutory and non-statutory damage claims, and complicated registration and statute of limitation defenses.
Mediation of dispute between family members concerning ownership rights in real and personal property.
Mediation of multi-million dollar real estate investment and management fraud claims involving multiple foreign investment vehicles and multiple lawsuits.
Mediation of a claim involving real estate, oil and gas royalties, personal property, and employment claims. The settlement involved a complicated rescission of real estate transactions, tax and indemnity issues.
Real estate case involving claims of elder abuse and fraudulent inducement to execute home improvement contracts and government related tax assessment and lien documents.