Stephen J. Strauss is a Shareholder at Buchalter, APC and is the Co-Chair of its Entertainment Industry Group. For over 30 years, Mr. Strauss has specialized in domestic and international trademark, copyright, and unfair competition matters, including licensing, Internet domain name disputes, and litigation. He has prosecuted over two thousand U.S. and foreign trademark and service mark applications, and won over 60 UDRP decisions. Mr. Strauss also provides various legal production services for documentary and narrative films and scripted and unscripted television projects (including development, rights acquisition, rights and title clearances, and IP protection and enforcement).
Mr. Strauss represents a number of internationally recognized celebrities, sports personalities, recording artists, chefs, authors, social media influencers, and media and entertainment companies. He also represents a wide range of diverse clients including restaurants, banks and financial institutions, clothing and toy manufacturers, and magazine and book publishers.
Mr. Strauss is a member of The Television Academy, the Recording Academy (NARAS), the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and the Visual Effects Society, a non-profit professional, honorary society representing visual effects practitioners in all areas of entertainment. He is also an Adjunct Professor and member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School. Mr. Strauss lectures widely in the areas of entertainment intellectual property law and celebrity branding. He has lectured before the American Bar Association, the International Trademark Association, the USC Gould Institute of Entertainment Law and Business, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, WME, SAG-AFTRA, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).