Litigators Bobby Schwartz and Victor Jih Join Irell

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May 11, 2015

Robert M. ("Bobby") Schwartz and Victor Jih today joined the firm's Los Angeles office as partners in the litigation practice group. Schwartz is a nationally recognized leader in both entertainment and business litigation.

"Bobby and Victor are both highly regarded litigators, practice leaders and community members, and we are thrilled to welcome them as our partners," said Andrei Iancu, Irell's managing partner. "Our culture of excellence, integrity and community values is critically important to our partnership, and Bobby and Victor are the perfect match."  

“Adding Bobby and Victor reinforces our best-in-class media litigation practice and together with the media transactional practice further solidifies Irell's position as a global leader in media and entertainment law,” said Steven Marenberg, head of the firm’s media and entertainment litigation practice, and Joshua Grode, co-chair of the transactions practice. 

Schwartz is nationally recognized for entertainment and complex business litigation. In addition to entertainment, his diverse areas of practice include class actions, intellectual property, corporate governance, First Amendment, and a wide range of complex commercial litigation. Schwartz's work has garnered him numerous accolades. Every year since 2007, The Hollywood Reporter named Schwartz a "Power Lawyer," one of the 100 most influential entertainment attorneys in the nation. He was honored in Variety's Legal Impact Report for the last three years as a leading entertainment litigator. Chambers USA ranks Schwartz in the top tier of media and entertainment litigators in California. 

Schwartz is the author of four chapters in the 2011 Oxford University Press treatise Entertainment Litigation and the 2014 revision Entertainment Law & Litigation concerning copyright, trademark and unfair competition, and law of ideas and contracts. He earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law (1984) and his B.S. from the University of California at Los Angeles (1981).

Outside his practice, Schwartz serves as chairperson of the Bet Tzedek Board of Directors. Bet Tzedek, one of the largest public interest law firms in Los Angeles, provides free, comprehensive legal services for low-income individuals and families.

“Irell began by serving the most sophisticated needs of the entertainment industry. I’ve litigated against and alongside its lawyers, and consistently respected their skill and creativity," said Schwartz. "I feel privileged to join such a stellar firm.” 

Jih has significant experience in a broad selection of complex litigation matters, at both the trial and appellate levels. His areas of practice include entertainment, consumer privacy, copyright and trademark, First Amendment, unfair competition, contract and other commercial disputes. Major clients whom Jih has served in recent years include computer software companies and hardware manufacturers, major motion picture studios, video game companies, national rental-car companies, and other large companies in the Internet, entertainment and retail industries. 

Jih was recognized as a "Top 40 Minority Attorneys Under 40" by The National Law Journal. He has served in leading roles for associate recruiting and professional development. Jih received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School (1996) and his B.A., with distinction and honors, from Stanford University (1993).

"Irell has a cadre of partners who've grown up contributing to the firm's stunning success in many areas, such as IP and complex business litigation, and who are now shaping and guiding the firm for the future," said Jih. "I'm excited to join that group and bring my energy and enthusiasm to expanding Irell in the areas in which I practice."

For more than 60 years, Irell's entertainment practice has handled some of the industry's most significant and hotly contested matters on behalf of many the nation's leading motion picture studios, television networks, independent production companies, music companies, interactive game companies and entertainers. The group's lawyers are regularly lauded as among the most influential entertainment attorneys in the country. 

Irell also has a strong track record of successfully defending high-stakes class actions spanning a broad range of substantive areas, from consumer class actions such as false advertising to securities fraud and wage-and-hour claims. The firm's class action defense practice includes 30-plus litigators with significant experience representing clients across various industries. 

“There is a lot of synergy between our respective practices and clients, making Bobby and Victor a natural fit for our firm,” Iancu said. “They will broaden and deepen our already leading entertainment and complex commercial litigation practices.”