Education

  • Yale Law School (J.D., 1993), Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal, Judge William E. Miller Prize (for the best paper on the Bill of Rights)
  • Harvard University (A.B., Social Studies, 1989), magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa, Detur Prize recipient, John Harvard Scholarship, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholarship.

Laura A. Seigle is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where she is a member of the litigation practice group, focusing on intellectual property and entertainment litigation. She has served on the firm's Executive Committee, chaired the Hiring Committee, and served as the Diversity Coordinator. Since arriving at Irell & Manella in 1994, Ms. Seigle has represented a broad array of clients through trial, as well as in appeals in the Ninth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, and California Court of Appeal. She was a member of the trial team in City of Hope v. Genentech, which resulted in the largest verdict ever affirmed by the California Supreme Court.   

Representative Matters

Ms. Seigle has tried numerous cases in federal and state court, including:

  • Obtaining a favorable verdict for a studio after a two-week jury trial in which the executive producers of the television program Profiler alleged rights to millions of dollars in contingent compensation, and successfully briefing and arguing the appeal resulting in the decision in Sander/Moses v. NBC Studios, 142 Cal. App. 4th 1086 (2006).
  • Representing an outdoor advertising company in a six-week jury and bench trial resulting in a multi-million-dollar compensatory and punitive damages verdict for her client, and the rejection of $80 million of contract, fraud and fiduciary duty claims against her client.
  • Representing numerous California public agencies in claims brought under the California False Claims Act, and after an initial phase trial, recovering nearly $60 million from companies that allegedly had provided water supply systems parts that contained excessive lead.
  • Representing City of Hope National Medical Center in its litigation against Genentech arising from Genentech's failure to pay royalties owed on patents that helped revolutionize biotechnology.  The two-month trial culminated in a $500 million jury verdict for City of Hope, including $200 million in punitive damages.
  • Defending a start-up aviation company in a multi-day preliminary injunction evidentiary hearing against claims seeking to shut down the company, resulting in a denial of the request for a preliminary injunction and dismissal of the case.
  • Defending the creator of an environmental website displaying photographs of the California coastline in a multi-day evidentiary hearing against Barbra Streisand’s privacy and publicity rights claims, resulting in the dismissal of Streisand's claims and rejection of her request for a preliminary injunction.

Ms. Seigle's other noteworthy cases include:

  • Defense of Warner Bros. Pictures in a lawsuit with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation concerning the rights to the motion picture Watchmen.
  • Representation of the acclaimed writer and director Peter Jackson in a dispute with New Line Pictures concerning Mr. Jackson's profit participation for the Lord of the Rings trilogy of motion pictures.
  • Litigating a $150 million dollar claim for The Flintkote Company seeking insurance coverage for asbestos claims.
  • Representation of Activision against copyrights claims brought by eight rappers who allege that their performances appear in Activision's True Crime: Streets of L.A. videogame.
  • Representation of three studios against copyright and idea-submission claims brought in connection with the television program Sister, Sister.  Ms. Seigle successfully moved to dismiss the case and successfully defended the Ninth Circuit appeal.
  • Representation of a recording artist against a copyright infringement claim involving a Grammy-winning song.  Ms. Seigle successfully moved for summary judgment and successfully defended the judgment on appeal in the Sixth Circuit, resulting in a published opinion, Coles v. Wonder, 283 F.3d 798 (6th Cir. 2002).
  • Defending many companies in cases where they prevailed before trial on a motion to dismiss, a demurrer, or a motion for summary judgment.

For many years, Ms. Seigle has been named to the Southern California "Super Lawyers" list by Los Angeles Magazine and was named as one of the Top 100 women litigators in California by the Daily Journal.

Ms. Seigle currently serves as President and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, and on the board of the Yale Law School Association of Southern California.

Before arriving at Irell & Manella, Ms. Seigle clerked for Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • 1994, California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California.