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Thomas Henri Vidal

Thomas Henri Vidal

also known as Tom Vidal

Practice areas:

Intellectual Property, Consumer Protection, Antitrust & Trade Law, Licensing, Entertainment

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About Me

There are two words that best sum up my mission as a lawyer: "Untiring Zeal."

I specialize in civil trials and litigation in five broad practice areas: intellectual property; contracts & licensing; business torts; antitrust/trade regulation; and corporate-related lawsuits.  I handle matters in the software/hardware, entertainment, and consumer products industries.


Technology developers, Entertainment professionals, and entreprenuers do not like to put their futures into the hands of someone else, so generally they come to me when the problem they face is too intractable to handle themselves. They come to me for solutions.

As a trial attorney, I don't simply resolve disputes for my clients, I help protect the things most valuable to them: the ability to develop new technologies; create wonderful film, music, or television shows, expand and re-invest in the business; hire new employees, acquire new equipment; maintain a sterling reputation; or distribute profits to the entrepreneurs and owners. I do that by defending against attacks on my clients' financial security and prosperity.

Sometimes protecting those interests means going on the offensive by filing lawsuits, other times it means defending them. In either case the goal is the same: to resolve the dispute and obtain the best possible result for the client in the most efficient and cost effective manner. Litigation is not inexpensive, but I am mindful that my clients' financial resources would be more productive when invested in their businesses rather than on expensive legal proceedings. That awareness helps me design every stage of the litigation and to make every dollar spent achieve some goal that will move the case closer to resolution.

I recognize that my clients are in a battle day-in-and-day-out with their competitors. That's why I do my work with Untiring Zeal--so they can focus on creating great products or delivering invaluable services. And they can rest assured knowing that their attorney cares enough about them and their business that he will put his heart, soul, mind, and strength into their case. Untiring Zeal. It's not a slogan, it's a way of life.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Intellectual Property: 60%
    16 years
  2. Antitrust & Trade Law: 15%
    10 years
  3. Consumer Protection: 15%
    16 years
  4. Entertainment: 5%
    16 years
  5. Licensing: 5%
    16 years



Hourly ($400-450/hour), Contingent (33-45%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

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Contact Info

5900 Wilshire Blvd Ste 2250
Los Angeles, CA, 90036



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2012

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Trial CounselAbrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP2009 - Present
CandidateCalifornia State Assembly2008 - 2009
Senior AssociateSedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold2005 - 2008
AssociateGelfand Rappaport & Glaser2002 - 2004
Adjunct Professor, Business Law and NegotiationPepperdine University2001 - 2005
OwnerThe Vidal Law Firm1999 - 2002

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Litigation SectionCo-chair2012 - Present
SPDX -Software Package Data ExchangeLegal Team Contributor2012 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationLos Angeles Lawyer Editorial Board2010 - Present
Los Angeles Christian Health ClinicsBoard Member2009 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Barristers SectionPresident2004 - 2005
California Young Lawyers AssociationGovernor, District 22003 - 2006
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Barristers SectionBoard of Governors2001 - 2006
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Fein v. KestersonDismissal. Victory for the congressional candidate.
Fein v. Kesterson (Appeal)Affirmed. Victory for the Congressional candidate.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Self Published eBookHow to Give Effective Testimony at Deposition and Trial2011

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine Univ SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Univ of Colorado BoulderPolitical Scienceundergraduate1996

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Loyola Marymount University, Dept. of Computer ScienceLaw & Economics of Open Source Software2012