Diana Palacios focuses her practice on media, First Amendment, and intellectual property litigation and counseling. In her practice, she works on a range of matters, including defamation, records and courtroom access, privacy, right-of-publicity, false advertising, copyright, and trademark issues. She also provides pre-publication and pre-broadcast counseling in both English and Spanish for studios, television networks, production companies, and newspapers.
In her litigation practice, Diana defends intellectual property and content-tort claims in state and federal courts, and has experience resolving cases through mediation and arbitration.
Pre-broadcast and production counseling and IP advice
Counseling producers and distributors of feature-length films, documentaries, television series, and video games regarding right-of-publicity, life rights, copyright, trademark, and defamation issues, often on projects that tackle sensitive topics and involve substantial fair-use issues. Representative projects include "Tiger King," "Hillary," "Fyre Fraud," "Wild Wild Country," "Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On," "The Story of Diana," "Open House," "Rick and Morty," "@midnight," "Guy's Grocery Games," "Guy's Big Project," and "Face Off."
Latin America production and distribution counseling
Advising on mitigating risks associated with filming, producing, and distributing in Latin America, including counseling on rights, pre-broadcast issues, and advertising. Representative projects include "Destino Rusia," "Chumel con Chumel Torres," "Luis Miguel: La Serie," and "Nicky Jam: El Ganador."
Esports and video games
Counsel for major video game and mobile game companies, media content producers and advertisers on issues relating to online gaming and gambling laws. Experience includes developing chance playbook for various in-game offerings, including various lootbox-style in-game offerings; advertising and promotion review; analyzing legality of various fantasy and sports and esports betting offerings; counsel and advice on registration and licensure requirements for online gaming and gambling companies; and development of policies and procedures for acceptance of gaming and gambling promotions and offerings.
Admitted to Practice
J.D., University of California, Irvine School of Law, 2012
- Lead Article Editor and Style Editor, Law Review
- Founding Executive Editor, Voice newspaper
- President, American Constitution Society
- Women’s Law Society
- National Lawyers Guild
B.A., Politics, Pomona College, 2009
- Latina Achievement of Excellence Award
Memberships & Affiliations
- Lecturer in First Amendment, University of California, Irvine School of Law, 2018-2019
- Lecturer in Introduction to California Federal Local Rules & Filings, University of California, Irvine School of Law, 2019
- Co-author of ABA Forum on Communications Law Moot Court Competition Hypothetical, 2015
- Selected to a list of "Ones to Watch" in Entertainment and Sports Law; IP Litigation (Los Angeles), Best Lawyers, 2022-present
- Selected as one of the "Minority Leaders of Influence," Los Angeles Business Journal, 2021
- Selected to "Southern California Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2020-2022
- Selected as one of the "Most Influential Women Attorneys," Los Angeles Business Journal, 2020
- Featured in the Up Next section of "Variety's 2019 Legal Impact Report"
- Law Clerk, Hon. John A. Mendez, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Sacramento, Calif., 2012-2014
- Legal Intern, National Lawyers Guild, Law Office of Carol Sobel, Santa Monica, Calif., 2010-2012
- Research Assistant to Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, 2011-2012
- Extern, Hon. Dolly Gee, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2011
- Summer Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine, Los Angeles, 2011