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Taking and Defending Depositions 2010

 
Author(s): Randi W. Singer, Roland K. Tellis
Practice Area: Litigation, Professional Skills
Published: May 2010
ISBN: 9781402414015
PLI Item #: 23232
CHB Spine #: H824

Roland Tellis’ practice focuses on complex litigation involving environmental cases, class actions, securities matters, entertainment cases, real estate and partnership disputes. Tellis has represented clients in numerous jury trials, including several high profile, multi-million dollar business disputes.

In the financial sector, Tellis represented an investment adviser and broker dealer against class action allegations of securities fraud. Tellis also represented an nternational investment fund in litigation against foreign currency traders who perpetrated a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme. In the business sector, Tellis represented a former Microsoft director and general manager against allegations of trade secret misappropriation, conversion and other alleged misconduct. In the environmental area, Tellis represented the world’s largest producer of genetically engineered vegetable seeds in its prosecution of a misappropriation of trade secrets claim against company scientists. In the real estate area, Tellis represented the owner of a commercial real estate portfolio valued at $1 billion in a lawsuit claiming millions due under an alleged oral partnership agreement. In the entertainment area, Tellis successfully defeated an action by a union president and three board members against the Screen Actors’ Guild and 41 other members of its national board.

Tellis serves on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

In 2005, Tellis received commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his assistance in the successful prosecution
of a $120 million securities Ponzi scheme. He was recognized by Law & Politics Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine as a “Rising Star” from 2004-2007 and a
“Super Lawyer” from 2008-2011.

Tellis earned a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1996 and a B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992.

EDUCATION
University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D. 1996)
University of California, Los Angeles (B.S. 1992)

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS
California

AWARDS
Super Lawyers, Southern California (2008-2011)
Super Lawyers, Southern California Rising Star (2004-2007)
Certificate of Commendation, U.S. Department of Justice (2005)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Bar Association
California State Bar
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Century City Bar Association
Association of Business Trial Lawyers


Randi Singer is a litigation partner in Weil's New York office, a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property & Media practice and Co-Head of its Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Information Management group. She focuses primarily on copyright, Lanham Act false advertising and trademark litigation, as well as privacy and cybersecurity, in addition to complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy proceedings.

Ms. Singer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading intellectual property and media & entertainment lawyer by legal industry publications, including The Legal 500 US, Chambers USA, World Trademark Review, Benchmark Litigation, Expert Guides, Managing IP Magazine's IP Stars, Super Lawyers, and Law360. She has successfully represented and counseled clients on a wide variety of copyright and trademark matters encompassing classic ownership and fair use issues for comic books, academic works, music and photographs. A recognized expert on secondary liability infringement issues, major internet platform clients regularly call on Ms. Singer for help navigating an array of unprecedented concerns and solving a wide variety of disputes. Her advertising, trademark, and state unfair trade practices cases have spanned a broad spectrum of consumer products and services, from over-the-counter drugs, razors, toothpaste, paint, food and cosmetics, to financial services, cell phone cases, luxury goods and consumer electronics.

Ms. Singer has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional (ClPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) credentials and regularly advises clients in connection with privacy, cybersecurity, and social media issues in a wide variety of matters, including more than one hundred transactions ranging from high-profile deals such as Facebook's acquisition of Whatsapp, Inc. to large public company mergers and small talent acquisitions. In 2015, The National Law Journal recognized Ms. Singer as one of its inaugural "Trailblazers" nationwide for her cutting-edge work in the cybersecurity and data privacy area.

In addition to her active practice, Ms. Singer has taught a course on Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law as an adjunct professor at St. John's University School of Law and is a popular speaker whose speaking engagements include panels and discussions concerning copyright, advertising, and other intellectual property issues for organizations such as the International Trademark Association  (INTA), the Copyright Society, the National Advertising  Division, the Practising Law Institute, the American Conference  Institute, and the New York State Bar Association Section on Intellectual Property. Other professional affiliations include the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the New York State Bar Association, the Private Advertising Litigation subcommittee of the ABA, and she has served on the Trademarks and Consumer Affairs Committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Ms. Singer is a member of the global steering committee for Women@Weil, Weil's women's affinity group, the winner of Weil's first-ever mentoring award, and an inductee into the YWCA's Academy of Women Leaders. In addition to  her work as the General Counsel for the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, her pro bono work includes litigation successes for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Sanctuary for Families, trademark and IP counseling for organizations such as The Joyful Heart Foundation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, as well as extensive legal support and counseling concerning ambush marketing for NYC2012, New York City's bid for the 2012 Olympics.

Ms. Singer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. After receiving her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Ms. Singer clerked for the Honorable Richard Owen, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.