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John H. Lavely Jr. - Los Angeles, CA

2049 Century Park EastSuite 2400 Los Angeles, CA 90067 - 2906

Updated: 03/27/2024

Los Angeles Entertainment Litigation Lawyer


John's practice includes protecting clients in disputes in all areas of the entertainment industry, as well as in general business and employment disputes, including in media and intellectual property matters, contract disputes, defamation and reputation protection, and invasion of privacy.

About John H. Lavely Jr.

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner/Member

Practice Areas

  • Entertainment Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Right of Publicity
  • Privacy Law
  • Libel Law
  • Copyright Law

Representative Cases

  • Richard Pryor, et al v. David McCoy Franklin, California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Labor Commissioner, Case No. TAC 17 MP114
  • Bo Derek v. Karen Callan, California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Labor Commissioner, Case No. TAC 18-80 SFMP 82-80
  • Selleck vs. Globe International, Inc., 166 Cal.App.3d 1123, 212 Cal.Rptr. 1123 (1985) (Rev. Denied)
  • LaCienega Music Co. v. ZZ Top, 53 F. 3d 950 (9th Cir 1995), cert denied 116 S. Ct. 331 (1995)
  • Gould v. Maryland Sound Industries, Inc., (1995) 31 Cal.App. 4th 1137, 37 Cal.Rptr. 2d 718 (Rev. Denied)


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1970
  • New York, 1970
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1971
  • California, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995

Other Affiliations

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association (Member)
  • Century City Bar Association (Member)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member)
  • State Bar of California (Member)
  • California Labor Commissioner


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1969
  • Yale University, 1965
    Honors: cum laude

Office Information


2049 Century Park EastSuite 2400 Los Angeles, CA 90067 - 2906


  • 310-556-3615



  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Chambers USA 2010 & 2008; Ranked as Band 1, a leading individual attorney (among the top nine of all attorneys), a top individual ranking for "Media & Entertainment: Litigation" lawyers.
  • Top 100 Attorneys in California, Daily Journal's 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 lists of the "Top 100 Attorneys in California".
  • Named to Super Lawyers, 2005-2017

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