Ms. Spanier handles litigation matters in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property, employment and general business law. She has successfully prosecuted and defended cases involving claims for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, defamation, unfair competition and contractual disputes arising in a wide range of industries. In 2005 and 2006, Ms. Spanier was recognized as a Southern California Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine.
In the entertainment area, Ms. Spanier represented the former personal manager of actor Wesley Snipes in a Labor Commissioner Action in which Mr. Snipes claimed that his former manager had acted as an unlicensed talent agent. The Labor Commissioner ruled in favor of the manager. Ms. Spanier also initiated arbitration and obtained an arbitration award in favor of International Creative Management, Inc. recovering commissions owed to the client by Sara Lee Corporation, parent company of Hanes Hosiery, arising from Hanes’ sponsorship of Tina Turner’s North American Tour. Ms. Spanier represented a commercial director in an action brought by the Directors Guild of America and obtained summary judgment in favor of the client. In the intellectual property area, Ms. Spanier recently represented Mattel in a dispute with a former licensee and obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing the former licensee from selling products bearing Mattel’s trademarks. Ms. Spanier has also represented individuals and companies in fraud and contractual business disputes and has represented individuals in family law disputes.
In 2006 and 2007, Ms. Spanier was named a “2006 and 2007 Southern California Rising Star” by the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine. Ms. Spanier is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice in State and Federal court. Ms. Spanier is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (B.A. 1991, Economics). She received her J.D. from U.C.L.A. School of Law in 1995.