Patrick J. Somers has been recognized as one of the nation’s and the state’s rising stars in the legal profession because of his significant victories for high-profile entertainment, media, corporate, and individual clients. He is a leading advocate for the firm’s media and entertainment litigation practice, having represented one of the world’s largest talent agencies in a high-profile dispute with the Writers Guild of America.
Among his many achievements for entertainment and media clients, he has obtained a verdict in favor of a client at trial, numerous dismissals of complaints, summary judgment orders, and favorable settlements. He also has successfully defended judgments and verdicts on appeal.
In his successful defense of corporate and individual clients in complex civil litigation, Mr. Somers’ practice has included pre-trial investigations and discovery, pleadings, case development, opposing class certification, briefs, trial preparation, trial, and appeals. He regularly provides clients with pre-litigation counseling and advice to help resolve any potential dispute.
In addition, Mr. Somers has substantial experience defending various corporate and individual clients in connection with investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and State Attorneys General.
Mr. Somers is dedicated to providing pro bono legal assistance and serves on the Board of Directors and on the Development Committee for the Western Center on Law and Poverty, which fights for justice and system-wide change to secure housing, health care, racial justice, and a strong safety net for low-income Californians.