Most Influential IP Lawyers: Kelly Klaus, Tammy Godley, Laura Smolowe

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys Kelly M. Klaus, Tamerlin J. Godley and Laura D. Smolowe were recognized among the Most Influential Intellectual Property Lawyers by the Los Angeles Business Journal in a report published Aug. 14, 2017.

The publication showcased Mr. Klaus, Ms. Godley and Ms. Smolowe as “particularly stellar IP attorneys” in the Los Angeles region who are contributing to the evolution of IP and licensing law.

Mr. Klaus was recognized for his counsel in high-profile copyright disputes, including his work obtaining a preliminary injunction against VidAngel on behalf of Disney, Lucasfilm, Fox and Warner Bros. The publication also cited his involvement in such organizations as the Los Angeles Copyright Society, the Copyright Society of the United States, the Copyright Alliance’s Legal Advisory Board and the USC Intellectual Property Institute’s Planning Committee.

Ms. Godley was selected based on her work on behalf of the major studios, networks, recording companies and music publishers, along with other entertainment-related entities. Among her recent matters, the Los Angeles Business Journal highlighted her representation of Warner Bros. in an internal investigation related to alleged reports of misconduct on the set of “Bachelor in Paradise” and her successful defense of Time Warner and its subsidiaries in an idea theft lawsuit involving the daytime talk show “The Real.”

Ms. Smolowe was recognized for her expertise in the area of trade secrets and employee mobility, particularly on issues involving IP “that may not fit the traditional copyright, patent or trademark mold.” The publication highlighted her victories on behalf of Ten-X, for which she obtained a $1.6 million settlement and public apology, and Fortress Investment Group, for which she won a trial alleging claims of misappropriation of proprietary business information, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, unfair competition and fraud.