Lawrence C. Barth

Profile

Lawrence Barth is a litigation partner in the Munger, Tolles & Olson’s Los Angeles office. He has a varied civil practice and has tried cases to juries -- on both the defense and plaintiffs’ side -- in a wide variety of matters involving complex business disputes, professional negligence, trade secret misappropriation, bank lending practices, rights of privacy/publicity and many other areas.

Mr. Barth has a particular interest in legal issues concerning the visual arts and for many years has represented photographers, artists, publishers and galleries in areas including First Amendment rights, copyright and trademark infringement, moral rights and privacy/publicity rights. He has represented arts organizations as amici curiae in the United States Supreme Court and numerous other courts and lectures regularly in the area of art law. Drawing in part upon his prior professional experience in advertising and visual communications, Mr. Barth has been involved in creating non-traditional means of communicating information to juries and has spoken widely on that subject, as well.

Key Representations

  • Wells Fargo, in nationwide litigation involving an alleged Ponzi scheme by Medical Capital Holdings (MCC).
  • AmLaw 100 law firms, in malpractice actions throughout the U.S.
  • Six major motion picture studio members of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), in obtaining permanent injunctions against RealNetworks "RealDVD" device for  copying DVDs.
  • Special litigation committees of two Fortune 100 companies, in connection with allegations of stock option backdating.
  • A Fortune 100 entertainment company, in connection with internal investigation of alleged fraud and defense of securities litigation arising from the same.
  • A Fortune 100 company, in an internal investigation in connection with allegations of misconduct by senior management.
  • A national non-profit organization, in an internal investigation in connection with allegations of misconduct by senior management.

Lawrence Barth is a litigation partner in the Munger, Tolles & Olson’s Los Angeles office. He has a varied civil practice and has tried cases to juries -- on both the defense and plaintiffs’ side -- in a wide variety of matters involving complex business disputes, professional negligence, trade secret misappropriation, bank lending practices, rights of privacy/publicity and many other areas.

Mr. Barth has a particular interest in legal issues concerning the visual arts and for many years has represented photographers, artists, publishers and galleries in areas including First Amendment rights, copyright and trademark infringement, moral rights and privacy/publicity rights. He has represented arts organizations as amici curiae in the United States Supreme Court and numerous other courts and lectures regularly in the area of art law. Drawing in part upon his prior professional experience in advertising and visual communications, Mr. Barth has been involved in creating non-traditional means of communicating information to juries and has spoken widely on that subject, as well.

Key Representations

  • Wells Fargo, in nationwide litigation involving an alleged Ponzi scheme by Medical Capital Holdings (MCC).
  • AmLaw 100 law firms, in malpractice actions throughout the U.S.
  • Six major motion picture studio members of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), in obtaining permanent injunctions against RealNetworks "RealDVD" device for  copying DVDs.
  • Special litigation committees of two Fortune 100 companies, in connection with allegations of stock option backdating.
  • A Fortune 100 entertainment company, in connection with internal investigation of alleged fraud and defense of securities litigation arising from the same.
  • A Fortune 100 company, in an internal investigation in connection with allegations of misconduct by senior management.
  • A national non-profit organization, in an internal investigation in connection with allegations of misconduct by senior management.