- Harvard Law School (J.D., 1996) magna cum laude; Board of Student Advisors
- Stanford University (B.A., 1993) with distinction and honors in Political Science and Ethics in Society; Phi Beta Kappa
Victor Jih is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP. Mr. 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, copyright and trademark, First Amendment, unfair competition, consumer privacy, class action defense, contract and other commercial disputes in forums across the nation. Major clients whom Mr. Jih has served in recent years include computer software companies and hardware manufacturers, major motion picture studios, and other large companies in the Internet, entertainment and retail industries.
- Represented national satellite radio broadcaster in multi-million dollar common law copyright dispute alleging infringement of performance rights in pre-1972 sound recordings.
- Represented a major motion picture company in a breach of contract and copyright infringement action involving merchandising rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
- Represented various videogame developers in “look and feel” copyright infringement claims.
- Represents plaintiffs, creators of the multibillion-dollar video game franchises Call of Duty and Modern Warfare, in dispute over nonpayment of nine-figure bonuses and unauthorized development of sequels and other games.
- Represented national package delivery company in more than 50 pending putative class action lawsuits in 42 states seeking to reclassify as "employees" thousands of independent contractors engaged in package pick-up and delivery services.
- Represented leading internet companies in consumer privacy issues and online copyright and trademark protection, see, e.g., In re Hulu Privacy Litigation.
- Represented China-based companies in litigation in state and federal courts on breach of contract and intellectual property issues.
- Litigated complex commercial disputes on behalf of and against foreign companies (based in Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea), in cases involving the application of the laws of over a dozen foreign jurisdictions, thousands of foreign language documents, and/or foreign language depositions.
- Litigated trade name and trade dress infringement issues for a major ticketing operation in Las Vegas.
- Advising a national consumer food products company over trademark licensing and infringement matters, including litigation in the Southern District of New York.
- Prosecuted claims of trade dress infringement on behalf of one of the largest global designers of personal computers against Korean infringers.
- Represented the major motion picture studios in an unfair competition action brought under California's Business & Professions Code § 17200 alleging that the studios unlawfully marketed R rated motion pictures to persons under the age of 17.
- Litigated the application of Business & Professions Code § 17200 to expressive speech, including both creative works and corporate commercial speech.
- Opposed efforts by former California Governor Davis and others to block the California Gubernatorial Recall Election, which culminated in en banc action by the Ninth Circuit.
- Represented a major global manufacturer of personal computers in the defense of a trademark infringement action brought by a provider of operating system software.
- Successfully litigated first-impression issues on the application of copyright law to architectural works at both the district court and Ninth Circuit, see Leicester v. Warner Bros., 232 F.3d 1212 (9th Cir. 2000).
- Defended a film director and a media company accused in a wrongful death suit in Louisiana arising from a "copycat crime" at both the trial and appellate levels.
- Represented an international entertainment and media company, securing a judgment of dismissal following trial of a motion for terminating sanctions.
- Represented the bipartisan leadership of the House of Representatives on copyright issues before the United States Supreme Court against constitutional challenges to the 1998 adoption of a twenty-year extension to the term of copyright, see Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003).
- Represented media companies in connection with litigation over the films Crimson Tide,Contact, Batman Forever, The Devil's Advocate, Natural Born Killers, The Patriot, and The Lord of the Rings, and over the television series Sports Night and Friends—in a variety of matters ranging from copyright to unfair competition and contract disputes.
Honors & Awards
- "Most Influential Minority Lawyers" by the Los Angeles Business Journal (2016)
- "Rising Star” by Southern California Super Lawyers (2011-2013)
- “Top 40 Minority Attorney Under 40” by The National Law Journal (2011)
- “New Test for Strict Liability Lawsuits,” Daily Journal (January 27, 2016)
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- “Pre-1972 Sound Recordings,” CSUSA Mid-Winter Meeting 2015 (February 2015)
- “Bottom of the Ninth (Circuit): Pirates 1, Yankees 1-What Happened to the Napster Decision?” CLE International, Film & Television Law (June 2004)
- “Violence in the Media,” CLE International, Film & Television Law (August 2001)
- Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association; American Bar Association, Litigation Section; California State Bar, Litigation Section; Los Angeles Film Teachers Association; Century City Employment Committee
Bar & Court Admissions
- US District Court, Central, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California
- US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit