Michael J. Reiss is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department and specializes in trademark, copyright and trade secrets litigation, sports and entertainment litigation and consumer class action defense. Mr. Reiss’ practice also consists of a range of complex business and commercial litigation, including mass torts, insolvency and environmental litigation.
Mr. Reiss has substantial experience in all aspects of federal and state civil litigation, including taking and defending numerous depositions, drafting a number of dispositive motions, managing complex large-scale discovery and preparing cases for trial or negotiating favorable settlements to avoid trial.
Mr. Reiss’ clients include sports labor unions, education software companies, sunscreen manufacturers, large-scale shopping malls and major motion picture studios. He also maintains an active and dedicated pro bono practice, representing Holocaust survivors who seek reparations from the German government, tenants who are unlawfully evicted and employees in unpaid wages cases. Mr. Reiss has worked closely with Bet Tzedek, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Inner City Law Center.
While in law school, Mr. Reiss clerked in the Major Crimes Division at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, where he worked on a number of high-profile murder cases. He also was a member of the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs.