Dale F. Kinsella

Dale F. Kinsella: Attorney with Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP AV stamp icon
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Mr. Kinsella is a nationally known trial lawyer specializing in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property litigation. During his career, he has successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal courts, and in private arbitrations and administrative proceedings, involving a wide array of disputes, from copyright and trademark infringement matters to antitrust and securities litigation. Mr. Kinsella has represented large domestic and international corporations, major motion picture studios, record companies, law firms, and professional athletes and actors. He recently successfully defended Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal; American Idol’s Simon Fuller; and the creators of the television show Smallville.

Mr. Kinsella has successfully represented motion picture studios, as well as recording companies including DreamWorks, Universal Studios and Legendary Films. Other clients have included numerous actors, actresses, writers, producers, directors and recording artists as well as domestic and international companies in complex licensing disputes involving copyright and trademark rights. Numerous artists as well as studios have requested Mr. Kinsella’s representation in “net profit” litigation involving prime time network television series and major motion pictures.

As a “lawyer’s lawyer,” Mr. Kinsella has represented numerous law firms and individual partners of firms in complex law firm dissolution proceedings, legal malpractice, and malicious prosecution actions in both state and federal courts.

The Hollywood Reporter listed him as on of the “100 Power Lawyers” for 2013; he is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America;” and he is a perennial “Southern California Super Lawyer.”

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Business Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Entertainment Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(310) 566-9888  Phone
University Attended:
University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., with high honors, 1970
Law School Attended:
University of California School of Law, Los Angeles, J.D., Editor in Chief, UCLA Law Review, 1974
Year of First Admission:
1975, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1983, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1974, California; 2000, U.S. Supreme Court
Los Angeles County Bar Association; State Bar of California.
Birth Information:
Los Angeles, California, October19, 1948

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Santa Monica, California

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