Ezra Landes handles a wide variety of civil and criminal matters, with a special emphasis on intellectual property, business disputes, and entertainment litigation. Ezra is a creative thinker and persuasive writer, who has successfully authored and argued numerous motions in state and federal court, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment and special motions to strike under California’s anti-SLAPP statute. Ezra has also authored a number of successful appellate briefs in the Second, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits and the California Court of Appeal. Ezra obtained a $307.5 million judgment for the heir of a wrongful death victim following a reversal by the D.C. Circuit in an opinion authored by the Hon. Merrick B. Garland that is often cited as precedent for international law and choice of law issues.
While at Pepperdine University School of Law, Ezra was the Note & Comment Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review and delivered the Student Speech at his law school graduation.
Ezra is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he majored in Film and Television Production. After earning his B.F.A. from Tisch, Ezra completed a number of screenwriting assignments before transitioning to practicing law. Reeling in Reality, a film that he wrote and directed, was an Official Selection of the Angelica New Filmmakers New York Summer Series.
- After obtaining reversal of a dismissal on appeal, obtained a $307.5 million wrongful death judgment on behalf of victim’s heir.
- Obtained reversal of dismissal on appeal and then defeated entertainment companies’ summary judgment motion in idea theft case relating to reality-television show So You Think You Can Dance. The case settled before trial.
- Prevailed against anti-SLAPP motion filed against clients in connection with defamation claim filed by former employees of a leading ride-hailing service.
- Obtained settlement for full policy limits on behalf of pedestrian injured by insured’s vehicle.
- Successfully defended unfair competition claims filed against national outdoor advertising company.
- Obtained dismissal of lawsuit in matter of first impression in California, where client was sued under Penal Code section 632 for secretly recording his conversation with law enforcement officials.
- Successfully represented Hollywood actress in lawsuit where actresses’ mother was seeking management fees.
- Successfully represented clients in numerous celebrity cases involving unlawful computer hacking under Penal Code section 502.
- Obtained dismissal of federal action filed in Minnesota district court on behalf of California slaughterhouse, in connection with the largest beef recall in U.S. history.
- Obtained dismissal of federal action on behalf of NFL player and former first-round pick where agent sought exorbitant fees in violation of the NFLPA’s collective bargaining agreement.
- Successfully represented talent in connection with administrative hearings over benefits to be paid by Hollywood guilds.
- Obtained dismissal of California Attorney General’s public corruption lawsuit against City of Bell official Robert A. Rizzo.
- Successfully opposed request for restraining order and recovered client’s attorneys’ fees from petitioners where client was wrongfully accused of elder abuse.
- Obtained dismissal of Civil RICO lawsuit in California district court on behalf of law firm located in Beijing, China.
- A New Approach to Overcoming the Insurmountable “Watershed Rule” Exception to Teague’s Collateral Review Killer. 74 MO. L. REV. 1 (2009).