A. Louis Dorny
- Intellectual Property
- Commercial Litigation
- Privacy, Data & Cybersecurity
- Professional Liability Defense
- Entertainment & Recreation Law
Louis Dorny is a trial attorney and advisor to U.S. and foreign businesses. He represents clients before state and federal courts, arbitrations and administrative agencies. Areas of expertise include all aspects of intellectual property including trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; unfair competition including antitrust, restrictive covenants and invention assignment agreements. In addition, Mr. Dorny provides counsel in white collar criminal defense matters. He has conducted internal investigations for private and publicly-held corporate clients, including defense contractors and private physician’s groups.
Mr. Dorny also prosecutes and defends applications for injunctive relief and/or damages for infringement, false advertising, false designation of origin, trademark counterfeiting (including Court Ordered ex parte seizures of goods bearing counterfeit trademarks), trade secret, and unfair competition claims, under the Lanham Act, the Copyright Act, the related Digital Millennium Act, state statutes protecting IP, and common law.
He has tried more than a dozen jury trials, argued appeals before both the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and California Court of Appeal.
He is a Contributing Editor to the treatise Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California (3d. ed., 2014). The Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California, and has lectured and has written on a variety of subjects, including eDiscovery, copyright law, privacy law, trade secrets and supply chains.
A. Louis Dorny, partner in the firm’s litigation practice, was appointed to the Central District of California’s Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for a three year term, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
A former UNIX/Linux systems administrator, he is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US) and advises clients in privacy and cyber security compliance.
Lead trial counsel in defense of trade secret and patent claims of DNA-based customized pathogen testing for the cannabis industry in Genomics USA v. PathogenDx, Arizona Dist. Case No. 18-CV-521.
Lead trial counsel in defense of online defamation claims against anonymous Instagram account "dietmadisonave" pending, Ralph M Watson v. Diet Madison Avenue. Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC707278. News coverage in Adweek.
Lead trial counsel in defense of various claims against the State Bar of Arizona, pending, Jeffrey D. Moffatt v. State Bar of Arizona et al. Central District of California, Case No. 2:17-cv-06029-VBF-DFM. Notice of disbarment here.
Co-counsel in defense of trade secret and unfair competition claims over NASA contracts. MDA US Systems v. Motiv Space Systems et al, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC590784
Lead trial counsel in prosecution of claims products-liability against manufacture of exhaust fan and spring-wound timer mechanism, two week jury trial, JMT Inc. v. Intermatic Inc. et al, Central District of California, Case No. 2:15-cv-08603-BRO-JC
Prosecution of engineering client’s claims of copyright infringement, breach of contract and theft of trade secrets against competing engineering firm. Central District of California, Englekirk and Sabol Consulting Structural Engineers Inc et al v. Saiful/Bouquet Consulting Structural Engineers Inc et al, Case No. 2:06-cv-04608-AHM-CW
Co-counsel in two month trial in defense of breach of invention assignment agreement of Aerovironment v. Gabriel Torres et al, Ventura Superior Court, Case No. 56-2015-00465460 CU-BC-VTA
Lead trial counsel in defense and dismissal of trade secret and unfair competition claims over underground testing technology used in gas, oil, and electric power industry, W.E.C.S. Electric Supply, Inc v Infrasource Underground Construction Inc, Riverside Superior Court, Case No. 1203923
Defense of trademark infringement and trademark dilution claims in design dispute, Adidas v. Athletic Propulsion Labs, Oregon District Court Case No. 8:16-cv-02038-AG-KES
Defense of copyright infringement litigation for design of hospital operating rooms, dismissed on summary judgment on invalidity grounds, John D Thomson v. HMC Group et al, Central District of California, Case No. 2:13-cv-03273-DMG-VBK
Defense of claims of misappropriation of trade secrets by former employees of electrical contractor, Orange County Superior Court affirmed on appeal. SASCO v. Rosendin Electric, Inc., 207 Cal.App.4th 837 (2012), the California Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s order awarding the defendants almost $485,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
Defense of racketeering and conspiracy claims against officers of manufacturing facility. Global Food Innovations, Inc. v. Western Property Management, LLC et al., Central District of California, Case No. 2:15-cv-00881-FMO-AGR
Led comprehensive counseling in areas implicated by data security breaches and cyber incidents: (1) privacy and regulatory response (including SEC compliance), (2) government and internal investigations and (3) remediation and litigation.
Lead trial counsel in defense of trade dress claims in GI Sportz Inc. v. APX Gear LLC, Central District of California, Case No. 8:16-cv-02038-AG-KES
Data breach response for Danish client in multiple jurisdictions, foreign and domestic.
Data breach response for American I.T. consulting company in multiple jurisdictions, foreign and domestic.
Defense and dismissal of legal malpractice claims against client lawyers and law firm, in a “settle and sue” claim, dismissed on motion for summary judgment, upheld on appeal, Shaoxing City Maolong et al. v. Landsberg & Associates et al., Los Angeles Superior Court, California Court of Appeal - 2nd District (B257823)
Prosecution of contract claims against industrial robot manufacturer. Golden State Foods Corp v. Columbia/Okura LLC et al, American Arbitration Association, Los Angeles.
Defense of copyright claims for use of sound recordings in promotional videos by Arista Music, Atlantic, Capitol Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment US Latin, LLC, UMG Recordings, Inc., Warner Bros. Records, Inc. Warner Music Group, Corp. Warner Music Latina, Inc., and Zomba Recording LLC in multi district litigation. UMG Recordings, Inc. et al v. Naruss Mahakkapong, et al, Central District of California and Middle District of Florida. 2:14-cv-07229-DMG-JEM
As recounted in the 2018 New York Times BestSeller, Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World, lead attorney in defense and settlement of litigation against non-profit charity: water for breach of contract and fraud claims over provision of drinking water in Kenya, Brighton Collectibles Inc v. Charity Global Inc et al, Central District of California, Case No. 2:11-cv-09868-GHK-JC
Defense of UK client for breach of supply contract for plasma-derived medicines, American Arbitration Association, Los Angeles.
Publications & Presentations
What the FBI's "Project Titan" Criminal Complaint Reveals About Trade Secret Protection Efforts, Gordon & Rees' blog IP Blitz (February 8, 2019)
Illinois: Proposed Privacy Legislation Expands Protected Personal Information, Clarifies Notice Obligations to Include Theft of Encryption Keys, and Adds Notice Requirements To Attorney General. Gordon & Rees Privacy and Security Data Update, March 2015.
Law Firm Data Security – Legal And Ethical Obligations To Maintain Client Records In a Digital World. Gordon & Rees Professional Liability Webinar Series, January 2015.
Contributing Editor, Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California (3d. ed., 2014). The Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California.
Not Licensed To Ill: Why Your Corporate Marketing Employees Need Training on IP Licensing, Intellectual Property Blog, December 15, 2014.
Protecting Confidential Information in the Supply Chain: A Checklist providing key steps parties to supply chain agreements can take to avoid common confidentiality security breaches in the supply chain. June, 2014, Practical Law Commercial.
Appeals Court Rejects Privacy Class Action Suit Over Unauthorized Call Recordings, Gordon & Rees Privacy and Security Data Update, March 2014.
20 Million Californians Impacted By Data Breaches in 2013, Privacy Data Breach Blog, October 30, 2014.
Dropbox Accounts Exposed, Privacy Data Breach Blog, October 21, 2014.
Thirteen Companies Settle for Falsely Claiming Compliance With U.S.-EU Safe Harbor, Gordon & Rees Privacy and Security Data Update, February 2014.
Supreme Court Rules Against Publishers, Providing Boon To Gray-Marketers, Gordon & Rees Intellectual Property Law Update, March 2013.
Working With E-Discovery Vendors, California Lawyer Magazine, April 2013.
E-Discovery: Get Consent and Avoid Sanctions, California Lawyer Magazine, July 2012.
E-Discovery: The Importance of Follow Through, California Lawyer Magazine, November 2012.
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Legal Network for Gender Equity
Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/U.S.)
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
L’Institut des Etudes Européennes, L’Université Libre de Bruxelles
University of Utah, B.A., Philosophy, B.S., Economics
Rising Stars® distinction in Professional Liability Defense (2008-2010)
Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell
The National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top One Percent List, 2016