About

The Society, whose roots trace back for 50 years, is a members-only organization of attorneys who practice in copyright, trademark, communications and related areas. LACS’s members include outside lawyers, lawyers at motion picture studios, media companies and other corporations and entities dealing with intellectual property. Members and guests enjoy and learn through the society of others who have common interests and skills. The group meets monthly over dinner during the months of September through June to hear speakers present on varied topics of vital and current interest to practitioners in the fields listed. Frequently, the topic for an evening is one the leading issues of the moment and, on many occasions, about a case just argued or currently pending in the Supreme Courts of the United States or California. The meetings occur in a setting designed to encourage professional and intellectual exchange about the topic as well as other areas of common intellectual and professional interest. Members and guests exchange views and debate differing positions. The meetings are frequently sold out.

Although membership requires showing an acceptable level of experience in the fields, an associate members’ program opens the meetings to attorneys who do not meet the criteria (space allowing). The Society also exerts significant efforts in passing on its experience in these areas to a wider audience and, in particular, to encouraging students through several of its programs to explore this exciting and vital area of the law, meeting experienced professionals and potential mentors and learning in a relaxed and convivial environment.

2017-2018 OFFICERS & TRUSTEES

Officers: 
President
CATHY PAUL
NBCUniversal

President-Elect
JAMES GLADSTONE
Lionsgate

Vice President
AARON MOSS
Greenberg Glusker

Secretary
CATHERINE BRIDGE
The Walt Disney Company

Treasurer
JOEL TANTALO
Tantalo & Adler LLP

Trustees:
VALERIE BARREIRO
USC Gould School of Law

JANENE BASSETT
21st Century Fox

CAROLE HANDLER
Cowan, Debaets, Abrahams & Sheppard

KELLY M. KLAUS
Munger Tolles & Olson

BARBARA QUINN
Sony Pictures Entertainment

BEN SHEFFNER
Motion Picture Association of America

IAN SLOTIN
NBCUniversal

ANDREW J. THOMAS
Jenner & Block

JASON ZELIN
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Immediate Past President:
GARY BOSTWICK
Bostwick Law