LA JOLLA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bona Law is pleased to announce that it has significantly expanded its media and entertainment law practice by adding two senior attorneys that have spent much of their career representing and advising media and entertainment companies.
David C. Codell and Steven Madoff recently joined Bona Law. Between them, they bring over sixty years of experience in Media and Entertainment Law counseling on IP and antitrust issues, among others, handling business and appellate litigation, counseling, and transactions.
Codell—who is a high-honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a former law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit—has represented major clients in the television, motion picture, recording and advertising industries in profit participation, First Amendment, copyright, antipiracy, internet, idea origination, defamation, rights of publicity, employment discrimination, and insurance matters, among others. He has over 20 years of experience as a trial-court and appellate lawyer in business law, with expertise in antitrust, class actions, constitutional law, employment law, securities law, and arbitration.
Codell previously had his own law practice after being a partner at Irell & Manella LLP and practicing constitutional law with Harvard Law Professor Laurence H. Tribe. David has also secured ground-breaking historic rulings on important civil rights matters on behalf of individuals and organizations.
Madoff was formerly Executive Vice President of Worldwide Business & Legal Affairs for Paramount Pictures’ Pay Television, Home Entertainment and Digital Media divisions. At Paramount for 20 years, Madoff handled all antitrust and competition matters for his business units, supervised all litigation and was in charge of his divisions’ transactional matters, including joint venture formation, cable channel launches and operation, and all domestic and international long-term television and digital media output deals. He was also General Counsel of Paramount’s Home Entertainment subsidiary. In addition, Madoff has represented numerous other major entertainment companies on matters ranging from profit participation disputes, digital media issues and copyright law. Before his tenure at Paramount, Madoff was International Counsel for the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. the trade association representing all major motion picture studios at the time.
Jarod Bona, CEO of Bona Law, said, “I am excited to add two outstanding attorneys that know the media and entertainment industries through substantial direct experience. We are now well-situated to handle the expected influx of issues arising out of the many changes happening in this field, from antitrust and competition to litigation to contractual.”
David Codell added, “Bona Law provides remarkable talent and resources that will enable me to continue to provide a full complement of large-firm services to my media and entertainment clients. I am thrilled to work with Bona Law’s team of intelligent, experienced and dedicated attorneys.”
“I am delighted to join Bona Law,” said Steven Madoff. “Bona Law is composed of seasoned attorneys who provide first class service to their clients while always keeping their clients’ needs first in mind.”
Bona Law, which currently has offices in San Diego, New York, Detroit, and Minneapolis, will open an office in the Los Angeles area during the first quarter of 2020. Codell and Madoff will be based in the Los Angeles office.