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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
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Jennifer Brockett represents restaurants a franchise and distribution businesses in litigation to protect their intellectual property and their brands, enforce their contracts, and defend their business practices.

Jennifer is a California Bar Certified Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law, and is a FSMA Preventative Controls Qualified Person. She also co-authored California's Model Jury Instructions regarding trade secrets (required for use in all trade secret matters tried in California).

Jennifer is the President of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to representing domestic violence survivors and ensuring their access to justice. She also advises Run2Rescue, a nonprofit that assists survivors of trafficking in rebuilding their lives, regarding the legal issues that its clients face. She previously served as the chair of the California State Bar Committee on the Administration of Justice.

Representative Experience

Pacific Union v. Christie’s International Real Estate

Defending claims that the relationship between the plaintiff and Christie’s is a franchise and related claims of wrongful termination in violation of the California Franchise Relations Act by the plaintiff. Ongoing. (N.D. Cal. 2016)

UPI Marketing Corp. v. Alberto Flecha et al.

Pursuing claims of trade secret misappropriation and breach of fiduciary duty against former employee and competitor. Ongoing. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2015)

Sechrist Industries, Inc. v. Baro-Serv, Inc.

Pursuing trade secret misappropriation and Lanham Act false advertising claims by hyperbaric chamber manufacturer against competitor. (E.D. Tenn. 2015)

JOTSM v. Joans on Third

Defended claims against franchisor for wrongful termination of the franchise. Case settled after Jennifer defeated the franchisee’s application for a restraining order, and the licensee rebranded. (L.A. Sup. Ct 2016)

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. (L.A. Sup. Ct. 2015)

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. (L.A. Sup. Ct. 2015)

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 Corp. v. Brackenhoff Management Group, Inc.

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. (L.A. Sup. Ct. 2011)

Warlick v. Fatburger Corp.

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. (L.A. Sup. Ct. 2011)

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)

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 the premiere of its Mixed Martial Arts program. (Santa Clara Sup. Ct. 2007)

Ivanova v. Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

Represented 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
  • FSMA Preventative Controls Qualified Person

Professional & Community Activities

  • Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice Board of Directors, President, 2015-present; Vice President, 2012-2015; Secretary, 2010-2012; Member, 2008-present
  • 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, Chair 2004-2005; Vice Chair 2003-2004, Member 2001-2005
  • 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, 2015-2016