Rowley J. Rice

Rowley J. Rice

Rowley J. Rice is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Mr. Rice’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes, particularly in the media, entertainment and technology industries. He has experience litigating in state and federal court, including pre-litigation counseling, writing dispositive motions, taking and defending depositions, working with experts and managing all aspects of discovery.

He has been a member of multiple trial teams, including representing a group of studios in a mass copyright infringement case; the Daily Journal recognized the representation as one of its “Top Verdicts in 2019.” Mr. Rice also regularly counsels clients on copyright and other intellectual property issues.

Mr. Rice maintains an active pro bono practice. In 2022, he secured a $400,000 judgment on behalf of a former student who alleged a university failed to accommodate her learning disabilities. He is also currently representing plaintiffs in a constitutional challenge to the pre-arraignment detention of individuals jailed because they cannot afford cash bail.

He serves as chair of the Paul Davis MTO Associate Fund, which makes donations to charitable organizations in the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. communities.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Rice clerked for Judge Sandra S. Ikuta of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge James V. Selna of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Rice graduated first in his class from the USC Gould School of Law, where he also served as executive notes editor for the Southern California Law Review. Mr. Rice graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude, in Government and an M.A. in American Government from Georgetown University.


Entertainment & Copyright Matters

  • Disney, Fox and Paramount in defending against claims of secondary copyright, patent and trademark infringement over a third-party vendor’s use of facial motion capture software in feature films.
  • Disney, Lucasfilm, Fox, Warner Bros., Marvel, New Line and Turner Entertainment in winning a $62.4 million jury verdict in a copyright infringement and circumvention action against VidAngel. Representation was also recognized on the Daily Journal’s list of “Top Verdicts for 2019.”
  • News Break, a news aggregator and technology company, in litigation against a publisher for copyright infringement and breach of contract.
  • A major media company in an internal investigation of misconduct by senior executives.

Other Key Representations

  • The LA Clippers in litigation against the Madison Square Garden Company, which challenged the development of the Clippers’ new arena in Inglewood, California.
  • PNC Bank in patent litigation relating to mobile check deposit and auto-capture technology.
  • Mattel and former executives in a federal securities fraud class action.