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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Jennifer L. Brockett

BrockettJennifer
Partner
T213.633.6860
F213.633.6899

Jennifer Brockett represents franchise, distribution and hospitality businesses in protecting their intellectual property and their brands, enforcing their contracts, and defending their business practices.

Jennifer is a certified specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law. She also served as the chair of the State Bar Committee on the Administration of Justice, and co-authored California's Model Jury Instructions regarding trade secrets (required for use in all trade secret matters tried in California).

Representative Experience

Pinkberry v. Pinkberry of Florida

Pursued claims for unpaid royalties against a terminated franchisee, and defended against the franchisee’s claims of wrongful termination, breach of contract, unfair business practices, and alleged violations of the California Franchise Investment Law and California Franchise Relations Act. Jennifer obtained judgment in favor of the franchisor, Pinkberry, on all claims.

Westlake Village Pet Hotel v. Perlmuter

Pursued claims by pet hotel licensee against licensor, alleging that the license was an illegal unregistered franchise, made without proper disclosures. Case settled after Jennifer defeated the licensor’s motion to dismiss.

Better Business Bureau of the Southland v. Council of Better Business Bureaus

Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the relationship between the Council and a local BBB was a franchise, after defeating the plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction.

Webquest v. Lupe Fuentes, LLC

As lead trial counsel, Jennifer prevailed on claims of indemnification against Licensor of copyrighted material, winning complete relief and an award of attorney’s fees. Affirmed on appeal. 2014 WL 6239393 (Cal. 2d Dist. 2014)

Pacific Rim Housing Corporation v. Brackenhoff Management Group, Inc.

Successfully represented the plaintiff at trial establishing breach of contract and fiduciary duties based on the defendant property manager’s submission of false information to HUD. (2011)

Warlick v. Fatburger Corporation

Defended Fatburger against claims by its former CEO that the CEO was terminated due to, among other things, “whistleblowing” activity regarding Fatburger’s FDD. The action resolved pursuant to a confidential settlement after Jennifer obtained a summary judgment regarding the bulk of the plaintiff’s claims.

Milton H. Greene Archives, Inc. v. BPI Communications, Inc.

Won summary judgment establishing new protections for the use of publicity photos, and obtained a substantial award of attorneys' fees against the plaintiff for successfully defending claims of copyright infringement based on photos of Marilyn Monroe in a book about her film career. Affirmed by 9th Circuit on appeal. 2009 WL 766527 (9th Cir. 2009)

Activision v. DoubleFine

Defended game developer's right to publish video game originally developed under contract with Activision. Case settled shortly after DoubleFine defeated Activison's motion for preliminary injunction. (L.A. Sup. Ct. 2009)

U.S. Trust Company v. Lehman Brothers, U.S. Trust Company v. Thomas Giddings

Plaintiff's counsel in action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and employee raiding against Lehman Brothers and individual defendants recruited by Lehman Brothers. (Orange Cnty. (Cal.) Super. Ct. 2008)

Shamrock v. Showtime Networks

Successfully intervened on an emergency basis to set aside a Temporary Restraining Order which attempted to prevent Showtime Networks from promoting and broadcasting its premiere Mixed-Martial Arts program. (L.A. Cnty. (Cal.) Super. Ct. 2007)

Ivanova v. Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

Representation of Columbia Pictures in a six-party dispute regarding ownership of 39 classic Spanish-language motion pictures starring the Mexican actor Cantinflas. Columbia Pictures prevailed after a three-week trial; affirmed on appeal. 217 F.R.D. 501 (C.D.Cal. 2003), 387 F.3d 1099 (9th Cir. 2004), & 2004 WL 2487633 (9th Cir. Nov. 5, 2004) Read more

Additional Qualifications

  • Certified Specialist, Franchise and Distribution Law

Professional & Community Activities

  • Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice Board of Directors, 2008-present; Vice President, 2012-2015, Secretary, 2010-2012
  • ABA Forum on Franchising, Member, 2010-present
  • Ad Hoc Committee, Adequate State Court Funding and Operations, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2014-present
  • State Bar Federal Courts Committee, 2007-2010
  • State Bar Committee on the Administration of Justice, 2001-2005; Chair 2004-2005; Vice Chair 2003-2004
  • Los Angeles Copyright Society

Professional Recognition

  • Recipient of the "Freedom of Information Award," ACLU of Southern California, 2014
  • Recipient of the "Medical Privacy Award," ACLU of Southern California, 2011
  • Selected to "Southern California Rising Stars," 2005-2012, 2014; "Southern California Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2015