Tamerlin J. Godley

Tamerlin J. Godley

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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.

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