Tamerlin Godley is a litigation partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson. She excels at handling complex business litigation disputes and specializes in entertainment litigation and advising. She serves as counsel to the major studios, networks, recording companies and music publishers, including Turner Broadcasting, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Warner Music Group and Warner/Chappell, along with many other entertainment related entities. Ms. Godley has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA. In 2012, she received a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award for her representation of Warner Bros. in its highly publicized dispute with Charlie Sheen. Other highlights of her seasoned entertainment litigation practice include:
- Lead counsel for Turner Broadcasting in its litigation relating to the popular reality television show “Operation Repo.”
- Litigating and then brokering a complicated three-way settlement for Warner/Chappell in its dispute with the heirs of George and Ira Gershwin.
- Advising Sony Pictures on multiple matters relating to the exploitation of their important motion picture content and handling related litigation.
- Representing Warner/Chappell in disputes relating to various valuable catalogues, including songs from Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson and the Lieber & Stoller catalogues.
- Lead counsel for the Cartoon Network in its dispute with the creator/executive producer of the popular children’s reality television show “Dude, What Would Happen.”
- Lead counsel for Warner/Chappell in its dispute with Classic Media relating to its valuable intellectual property rights in “Frosty the Snowman.”
- Representing Turner Broadcasting in disputes relating to the use of Evil Knievel footage.
- Playing a key role in protecting MGM’s valuable “James Bond” trademarks and copyright rights in various litigations.
While specializing in entertainment litigation and counseling, Ms. Godley’s litigation success extends to numerous other complicated business disputes. Such representations include playing a significant role in overturning for Citigroup the largest FINRA award ever issued, representing Sidley Austin in its tax shelter litigation and representing Occidental Petroleum in a dispute with Chevron, garnering an across the board win for Occidental and a full award of the client’s attorneys’ fees.
Ms. Godley graduated from UCLA with a double major in English and political science, obtained a master's degree in English from Cal State Northridge and taught in South Central Los Angeles before going to law school. She received her J.D. from the USC in 1996, Order of the Coif, where she was a notes editor of the Law Review and a writing instructor for first year law students. Prior to joining Munger Tolles, Ms. Godley clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Harry L. Hupp of the Central District of California.
Not content with being just an outstanding attorney, Ms. Godley is passionately committed to giving back to the community. She serves on the executive committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Center for Civic Mediation as vice president of the Pasadena Educational Foundation, as vice president and president-elect of the Armory Center for the Arts and as vice chair of the board of the Odyssey Charter School. Ms. Godley also serves on the Pasadena Human Relations Commission. She previously served as an elected official on the South Pasadena School Board, as regional director for the Los Angeles County Young Women of the Year scholarship program and on the Primary Center Task Force for the Los Angeles Unified School District, which brought together the expertise of community members and district personnel to build the only school facilities completed by LAUSD in the 1990’s. She also served on the Rampart Independent Review Panel, which investigated and analyzed the Los Angeles Police Department’s discipline and oversight practices and put forth recommendations for improvement after the Rampart Division scandals.