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David B. Jonelis - Los Angeles, CA

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

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Updated: 05/26/2023

Los Angeles Entertainment Litigation Lawyer


David B. Jonelis, (Member) is a skilled and zealous litigator who helps plaintiffs and defendants in the entertainment industry successfully navigate their disputes at all stages of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including at trial, in arbitration, and on appeal...

About David B. Jonelis

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Member

Practice Areas

  • Entertainment Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Libel, Slander and Defamation
  • Copyrights

Representative Cases

  • Served as lead counsel in a copyright and trademark lawsuit concerning the rights to the name and image of
  • As lead counsel, successfully represented the executive producer of a network television show in a claim for substantial unpaid royalties, ultimately recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars for the producer.
  • As lead counsel, successfully defended a renowned advertising spokesperson in a commission dispute with his former manager, resulting in the dismissal of all claims against the spokesperson and a finding that the manager had acted as an unlicensed talent agent.
  • Successfully defended a reality television personality in a dispute with her former manager, serving as lead counsel in both trial court and appellate proceedings, and ultimately obtaining a complete defense victory.
  • Secured a substantial monetary settlement for an up-and- coming writer whose idea for a motion picture was misappropriated by a major production company.
  • Successfully resolved a partnership dispute between the members of a well-known rock band.
  • As lead counsel, successfully defended a talent agency and its principal against numerous claims alleging violations of the Talent Agencies Act, obtaining a dismissal of all claims after a hearing before the California Labor Commissioner.
  • As lead counsel, successfully represented two motion picture producers in an arbitration against their former financier, obtaining a very favorable settlement for the producers immediately after taking the deposition of the financier.
  • Successfully defended a well-known Los Angeles restaurant against breach of contract allegations, obtaining the dismissal of all claims.
  • As lead counsel, obtained prompt dismissal of claims alleged against an entertainment industry insurance broker.
  • Successfully defended a law firm in both trial court and appellate proceedings against allegations that the firm should be disqualified.
  • As lead counsel, successfully defended a production company against numerous alleged violations of the SAG collective bargaining agreement, obtaining a complete victory against SAG-AFTRA after an arbitration hearing.
  • Successfully represented a limited liability company and two of its members in a corporate governance dispute against the third member, obtaining a complete victory for the company and a $365,000 judgment against the third member.
  • Successfully represented a major recording artist against false and defamatory claims of alleged misconduct, resulting in a complete exoneration of the artist and a retraction of the defamatory statements.


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Associations (Member)
  • Beverly Hills (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School, where he teaches Entertainment Law Advocacy and coaches the Entertainment Moot Court team.


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 2009
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif and the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California, 2002
    Major: Classical Civilization

Office Information


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


  • 310-556-3615


Other Sources of Feedback About David B. Jonelis

Included on the 2024 Southern California list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for David B. Jonelis on Super Lawyers


  • Named a "Rising Star" by Southern California Super Lawyers, 2014-present

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