Mr. Klaus’s practice is focused on copyright and related litigation, including antitrust and class action litigation. He has represented the major motion picture studios, the major recorded music companies and many other entities in some of their highest-profile litigation matters in recent years. In addition to litigating, Mr. Klaus regularly counsels clients on copyright, software licensing and other intellectual property issues.
The Daily Journal has named Mr. Klaus among the leading intellectual property lawyers in California for the last seven years, and he is consistently ranked as a leading litigator in Media & Entertainment by Chambers USA. In 2017, Mr. Klaus was recognized among the Most Influential Intellectual Property Lawyers by the Los Angeles Business Journal and as a Media & Entertainment MVP by Law360. Mr. Klaus was named one of Hollywood’s top 100 lawyers in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers” report in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023. Mr. Klaus was also recognized among the top attorneys in the entertainment business in Variety’s 2018 Legal Impact Report.
Actively engaged in the copyright community, Mr. Klaus is a member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, the Copyright Society of the United States, the Copyright Alliance’s Legal Advisory Board and the USC Intellectual Property Institute’s Planning Committee. He is a frequent speaker at programs on copyright issues. Mr. Klaus has taught appellate advocacy at Stanford Law School, and he served on Stanford Law School’s Board of Visitors. He is a past member of the board of governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers in Los Angeles.