Lisa J. Demsky

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Lisa Demsky is a litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Ms. Demsky’s practice consists of a wide range of complex litigation and includes the areas of intellectual property, entertainment law, professional negligence, unfair competition and business practices, fraud and other business torts.

Ms. Demsky has represented a broad range of clients and has handled cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. Ms. Demsky has extensive experience handling litigation for clients in the entertainment and media industries, including her recent representation of New Line Cinema against claims by the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien for profit participation in the Lord Of The Rings film trilogy and the right to make movies based on The Hobbit.  She also has significant experience representing law firms and has successfully litigated and defended a number of lawsuits for professional negligence in jurisdictions throughout the country.

Ms. Demsky is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled a number of civil and criminal jury trials, as well as arbitrations.  Representative trial and arbitration experience include:

  • Obtained a unanimous jury verdict in her client’s favor following a five-week jury trial in which she defended her client against claims of fraud and unjust enrichment relating to a billion-dollar condominium development.
  • Successfully arbitrated a breach of contract and malpractice dispute, resulting in a defense judgment on the claims brought against her client and a multi-million dollar award in her client’s favor on her client’s counter-claims and for attorneys’ fees. 
  • Successfully defended a major Los Angeles law firm in a three-week jury trial, obtaining a unanimous defense verdict for her client, which had been sued for professional negligence. 
  • Successfully arbitrated a business fraud dispute, obtaining a defense judgment in her client’s favor, as well as an award of attorneys’ fees. 

Ms. Demsky joined the firm in 1998 after receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1996, serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Cynthia H. Hall in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit from 1996-97 and teaching as a visiting lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1997-98.

Ms. Demsky currently serves on the board of directors for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles and a leading breast cancer awareness organization. She also serves as a member of the Section Leadership of the ABA Section of Litigation and for the past several years has co-organized the Los Angeles Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, which places minority and financially disadvantaged law students in judicial internships. She has served on the board of the Los Angeles Alumnae Panhellenic Association and as a member of the Central District Pro Bono Panel. She also has served as a member of the firm’s policy committee and as co-chair of the firm’s hiring committee.

 

Lisa Demsky is a litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Ms. Demsky’s practice consists of a wide range of complex litigation and includes the areas of intellectual property, entertainment law, professional negligence, unfair competition and business practices, fraud and other business torts.

Ms. Demsky has represented a broad range of clients and has handled cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. Ms. Demsky has extensive experience handling litigation for clients in the entertainment and media industries, including her recent representation of New Line Cinema against claims by the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien for profit participation in the Lord Of The Rings film trilogy and the right to make movies based on The Hobbit.  She also has significant experience representing law firms and has successfully litigated and defended a number of lawsuits for professional negligence in jurisdictions throughout the country.

Ms. Demsky is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled a number of civil and criminal jury trials, as well as arbitrations.  Representative trial and arbitration experience include:

  • Obtained a unanimous jury verdict in her client’s favor following a five-week jury trial in which she defended her client against claims of fraud and unjust enrichment relating to a billion-dollar condominium development.
  • Successfully arbitrated a breach of contract and malpractice dispute, resulting in a defense judgment on the claims brought against her client and a multi-million dollar award in her client’s favor on her client’s counter-claims and for attorneys’ fees. 
  • Successfully defended a major Los Angeles law firm in a three-week jury trial, obtaining a unanimous defense verdict for her client, which had been sued for professional negligence. 
  • Successfully arbitrated a business fraud dispute, obtaining a defense judgment in her client’s favor, as well as an award of attorneys’ fees. 

Ms. Demsky joined the firm in 1998 after receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1996, serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Cynthia H. Hall in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit from 1996-97 and teaching as a visiting lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1997-98.

Ms. Demsky currently serves on the board of directors for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles and a leading breast cancer awareness organization. She also serves as a member of the Section Leadership of the ABA Section of Litigation and for the past several years has co-organized the Los Angeles Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, which places minority and financially disadvantaged law students in judicial internships. She has served on the board of the Los Angeles Alumnae Panhellenic Association and as a member of the Central District Pro Bono Panel. She also has served as a member of the firm’s policy committee and as co-chair of the firm’s hiring committee.

 

Community Involvement

Ms. Demsky currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Make-A-Wish, Greater Los Angeles, and  for the Los Angeles Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She also has served as a member of the Section Leadership of the ABA Section of Litigation, on the Board of the Los Angeles Alumnae Panhellenic Association, and as a member of the Central District Pro Bono Panel. She also has served as a member of the Firm’s Policy Committee and as Co-Chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee.