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Stephen Michael Doniger

Copyright infringement Attorney at Venice, CA

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About Stephen

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Mr. Doniger focuses on business disputes in general and intellectual property in particular, representing photographers, authors, fine artists, and clients in the marketing, fashion, entertainment, real estate and hospitality industries. He has been selected to the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers List, an honor bestowed on only 5% of lawyers in Southern California, and selected as the exclusive copyright law expert and recommended attorney for California by Global Law Experts.

Over his 25 years of practice, Mr. Doniger has established an impressive litigation record, particularly in the handling of copyright and trademark disputes. Since his first trial as a sole practitioner in 1997 (One World Marketing v. MEK Int’l, BC 193556 – $550,000 trademark infringement / trade secret theft jury verdict), he has prevailed in every intellectual property lawsuit taken to trial, and has been lead trial counsel in many of the largest copyright verdicts in the Central District, including:

A.V.I.D., LLC v. Exist, Inc., Case No. 2:10-cv-09383 ($1,754,272 verdict)
Unicolors v. H&M Hennes Mauritz, LP., 2:16-cv-2322 ($817,920 verdict)
Desire LLC v. Manna Textile, et al., 2:16-cv-4295 ($480,000 verdict)
TMB III Movie, LLC v. PFG Entertainment, 2:13-cv-04949 ($460,000 verdict)
U.F.I. v. Lane Bryant, et al., 2:08-cv-6865 ($447,670 verdict)
EKB v. Target Corp., et al., 2:10-cv-3334 ($389,638 verdict)
He has also realized numerous six and seven figure settlements in his clients’ favor, including a $1.1 million day-of-trial settlement in Star Fabrics, Inc. v. Morex, Inc. et al., CV-10-7987, and a low seven-figure settlement in L.A. Printex Industries, Inc. v. William Carter Co., CV09-02449 (reached after a jury verdict for willful infringement in a bifurcated trial).

Mr. Doniger has successfully litigated cases in the courts of California, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Nevada, and North Carolina, and he has overseen litigation in foreign jurisdictions including Canada and the United Kingdom through the firm’s network of local counsel. He has also successfully handled numerous state and federal appeals, most recently securing a win for his client in Malibu Textile v. H&M Hennes Mauritz, 17-99583 (9th Cir., April 24, 2019 published opinion).

Mr. Doniger currently serves as counsel for American Photographic Artists, and works with the Coalition of Visual Artists to, inter alia, advance the rights of artists through the promotion of legislative and other avenues. He has been a featured speaker on intellectual property topics for CSUSA, The California Lawyers Association, APA, California Lawyers for the Arts, USC’s Law School and Marshall School of Business, the Art Institute, and many other groups. He has been featured and quoted in many other articles on intellectual property and business topics, and has been retained as an expert witness in copyright infringement prosecution.

Mr. Doniger is also a graduate of the Straus Institute’s mediation training program, and has mediated cases both privately and for the Los Angeles Superior Court. When not helping clients, he can often be found teaching his young children about black holes, dark matter, and the many other things around us that lend perspective to the actual significance of our problems.


Licensed for 27 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 12/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2016
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Best attorney in the game
I'm a current client of Stephen and he's thus far exceeded my expectations on each claim he's pursued for my company. He gets quick results and maximizes the value of each claim. His knowledge of copyright law is amazing and there isn't a single attorney in the game that can match his talents. Every attorney in the industry knows and understands that Stephen and crew are tough no nonsense litigators so every single settlement offer is respectable. I've used other attorneys prior to retaining Doniger/Burroughs to prosecute my copyright claims and I can guarantee there isn't a single firm out there that can match the skills of Stephen and crew.
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Posted by Howard | July 22, 2015
Best Copyright Litigator Ever........
I have used Doniger /Burroughs for the last three years and about 15 cases. Steve Doniger has won or settled to our mutual satisfaction every single one. I had used 5-6 other copyright attorneys in the prior 20 years, large firms and small, and Steve by far is the most knowledgeable, analytical and astute of any of i have dealt with. We had one case where the trial judge made what seemed to be an incredulous ruling, Steve promptly appealed to the 9th circuit who unanimously reversed the trial judge in short order. I saw those oral arguments, and Steve is a gifted orator and extremely persuasive. I'm glad I found them, and have no need or desire to ever use anyone else.
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Posted by Morris | July 17, 2015
copyright lawyer
Mr. Doniger is very knowledgeable about copy right cases. he has been wining all of my cases that i had with him. I trust him 100% and would recommend him to everyone.
Posted by Edward | July 16, 2015
Excellent with trust and sincerity
Stephen has been my lawyer for last 11 years and protected our valuable copyrights with utmost TRUSTWORTHY manner. Stephen has settled and won the copyright cases for us for about 99.8% favorable results. This is absolutely an amazing figure considering over four hundreds of cases.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 550-625 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Doniger / Burroughs APC
  • 1997 - Present


  • University of Southern California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Brandeis University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Desire v. Manna
  • Willful infringement of 3 parties and a verdict of $480,000
  • TMB III Movie, LLC v. Dean Jones, et al., Case No. 2:13-cv-04949
  • Willful infringement verdict of $470,000; Secured full rights in film for client; liability for infringement established at arbitration against distributors; damages phase pending.
  • Gastroceuticals LLC v. Diamond Water, LLC
  • After defeating a preliminaty injunction motion, the case was amicably settled.
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  • California Society Of Entertainment Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Fashion Business Incorporated
  • Sponsor
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Exclusive Law Expert in the field of Copy Rights for California
  • Global Law Experts
  • 2021
  • Student writing competiton winner
  • State Bar of California
  • 1994
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  • BNA publications
  • If You Can't Beat 'Em... Litigation and the Apparent Convergence of Hollywood With Silicon Valley
  • 2016
  • Daily Journal (LA & SF)
  • Courts Conflate Copyright Terms
  • 2015
  • Daily Journal (LA & SF)
  • Instagram 'art' show? Not so fast.
  • 2015
  • Daily Journal (LA / SF)
  • Fee shifting scheme emboldens copyright infringers
  • 2015
  • Daily Journal
  • Copyrighting Wrongs
  • 2015
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • The Golden Touch
  • 2014
  • California Apparel News
  • Target to Pay $389,000 in EKB Textiles Copyright Case
  • 2010
  • Daily Journal
  • Grounded
  • 2002
  • Daily Journal
  • Moving Picture
  • 1998
  • Daily Journal
  • Jury Penalizes Mail Order Marketer $550,000
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • UCLA - Copyright Law in the Entertainment Industry
  • Copyright litigation in fashion and entertainment
  • 2016
  • Art and Merchandising
  • Copyright and trademark protections
  • 2015
  • USC Entertainment Law Society
  • Protection of artists' rights
  • 2013
  • Woodbury University fashion class
  • Measure once, Cut Twice
  • 2012
  • Los Angeles Textile Week
  • Understanding Common Legal Disputes in the Textile Industry. Copyrights, Chargebacks and Beyond
  • 2011
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