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Jon Arnold Pfeiffer

Entertainment Attorney at Santa Monica, CA

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Jon Pfeiffer


Licensed for 39 years

About Jon

Learn Jon’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    50%
    representation of studios, production companies, talent agents, talent managers, writers, costumers, producers and directors

  2. Communications and media
    30%
    Influencers, YouTube stars, copyright, defamation, and right of publicity

  3. Business
    20%
    business litigation

Jon is an experienced entertainment trial attorney practicing in Santa Monica, California. He has successfully litigated disputes involving over 120 motion pictures and has tried over sixty-five cases to conclusion before juries, arbitrators and judges. Jon’s clients include an Oscar-winning producer, Grammy-winning composer and Emmy-winning producer.

Before he formed the boutique entertainment law firm of Pfeiffer Law Corp, he was the founding and managing partner of Pfeiffer & Thigpen. Prior to that, he was a partner with the international law firm of Bryan Cave LLP (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP) in its Santa Monica office. Jon received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in 1980, graduating with distinction, and his J.D. degree from the University of Denver in 1983. He is licensed to practice before all of the courts of the states of Colorado, Nebraska, and California as well as the United States Supreme Court.

Over the course of his career, Jon has earned many awards and has been named among the “Super Lawyers” for entertainment every year since 2012. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He has also given numerous speeches, written many legal articles, and been featured by notable media outlets. As his clients will agree, Jon is driven to achieve optimal results.

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Licensed for 39 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 08/08/2022
State NE
Status Inactive
Acquired 1984
Updated 10/18/2022
State CO
Status Inactive
Acquired 1983
Updated 10/04/2022

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

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Pfeiffer Law Corp
233 Wilshire Blvd.,
Suite 900
Santa Monica, CA, 90401

Reviews

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Posted by Kevin | August 10, 2010
You've been sued.. Relax
Being on the receiving end of a lawsuit, especially one that you do not deserve, isn't exactly an enjoyable event. Jon Pfeiffer made my business partner and I feel at ease immediately with a game plan and confidence. I was no longer concerned with being on the receiving of a lawsuit, my only concern was getting through the process (which a lawsuit is), as all would be OK. Jon and his associates made the opposing lawyer run in circles and finally in a choke hold and never gave him air. My type of guy. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Jim | August 2, 2010
Unqualified endorsement and recommendation
A+ litigator with top notch credentials, experience, and track record of success. If you are looking for quality litigator for any substantial business, entertainment, or other high stakes lawsuit or potential lawsuit, Jon should be your choice.
Posted by Boris Isakov | June 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great customer service
John called back right after I left him a voicemail. He informed me on what steps should be taken before our meeting. Thank you john
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
As rock solid as the come
I am a current client of Jon Pfeiffer, who helped rescue my business from debilitating, legal turmoil. I found Jon while in the midst of several cases which were beginning to cripple my business. His experienced, level-headed approach helped resolve these issues, and allowed my company to emerge and move forward. I would strongly recommend him to any business owner. Jon is someone who you definitely want in your corner..my business is living proof!
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Posted by Nancy | November 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable + even-keeled approach
I've engaged Mr. Pfeiffer more than once. His approach is productive and strategic, as it should be. There's no chest-beating or dramatics. He is direct and informed. His counsel has been infallible when assessing options and the best route to achieve the desired outcome.
Posted by stacy | September 11, 2014
just the best
I was a small fish with a small bank account in a big, messed-up pond. Jon saw the merits of my troubles and steered me into a level of justice I never thought I could afford. To have someone fight for me as hard as he is fighting for much larger clients is a testament to how amazing he is. If you want someone to stand up for you against the BS this town can unleash, look no further. Jon is integrity, soul and (karmic) justice embodied. Period. I actually look forward to meeting with my attorney now. Enough said.
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Posted by Daniel M. Cislo, Cislo & Thomas LLP | August 29, 2012
Fantastic Lawyer!
Jon has been my go to lawyer for commercial litigation and media matters. Our firm does exclusively intellectual property, and we typically do not handle commecial litigation and media cases so I look to Jon to help my client's solve these types of cases. He has never let them down.
Posted by Worldwide Network Associates | August 5, 2010
A remarkably knowledgeable, conscientious, and effective litigator!
I hold the highest respect for Jon Arnold Pfeiffer. He is a man of character, integrity, knowledge and experience. Not only was he clear and concise in his representation of the facts to our firm, his aggressiveness abolished the strategies of the sloppy and lazy attorney that brought suit against us. His effectiveness resulted in the dismissal of the case against us. He was accurate in his estimation of the legal strategies imposed and was most precise about the outcome. Mr. Pfeiffer was accessible and informative though each step of the process. I recommend Mr. Pfeiffer to all individuals and corporations in need of legal assistance. If you appreciate professionalism, honesty and straightforward communication, Mr. Pfeiffer is a first class attorney for your case!
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Posted by Mike | August 5, 2010
Satisfied Client
In each matter Jon does only what is necessary to get a successful resolution. His ability to grasp facts and win in court are exceptional. I find both his writing and speaking first rate. So do courts. He doesn't engage in discovery fights that serve only to run up bills.
Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2010
The gold standard of litigation counsel.
Every time I deal with a lawyer other than Jon I am reminded that he is head and shoulders above his peers. Jon has a razor sharp intellect and a keen interest in representing his client's interests to the very best of his ability. He brings the full weight of his knowledge and experience to bear in case prep and at trial. He is forthright, ethical, and supremely conscientious. I would recommend Jon to anyone in need of litigation counsel.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 540-590 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding and Managing Shareholder
  • Pfeiffer Law Corp
  • 2016 - Present
  • Founding and Managing Partner
  • Pfeiffer FitzGibbon & Ziontz LLP
  • 2001 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Bryan Cave McPheeters & McRoberts
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Bolton, Dunn & Moore
  • 1985 - 1990
  • Associate
  • Knapp Lee & York
  • 1983 - 1985
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Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Nebraska
  • undergraduate
  • 1980

Legal Cases

  • The "Happy Days" lawsuit - Williams v. CBS
  • Confidential settlement
  • G. Gordon Liddy v. Capital Gold Group
  • confidential settlement

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Business Litigation Committee, Business Law Section
  • 2015 - Present
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Entertainment Law Section
  • 2015 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar Conference of Delegates, Delegate
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Bench and Bar Relations Committee
  • Co-chair
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Community Law Week, Co-chair
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Education Committee
  • Co-chair
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers
  • Executive Committee
  • N/A
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • Chair, Entertainment Law Section
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • President
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Trial Attorney Project, Chair
  • 1986 - 1988
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Among "Super Lawyers" for Entertainment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers in California
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Among "Super Lawyers" for Entertainment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers in California
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers in California
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Among "Super Lawyers" for Entertainment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers in California
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Among "Super Lawyers" for Entertainment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Among "Super Lawyers" for Entertainment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers in California
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • Among "Super Lawyers" for Entertainment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award
  • Pepperdine University
  • 2008
  • Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award
  • Pepperdine University
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Daily Journal Newspaper
  • Trial Attorneys Can Learn a Few Things from Hollywood
  • N/A
  • Skyview Magazine
  • Legal Checkups
  • N/A
  • Executive Denver Magazine
  • Lawsuits are Survivable
  • N/A
  • Executive Denver Magazine
  • Liability of Corporate Directors
  • N/A
  • Verdict Magazine
  • The Litigation Budget, the glue that holds the team together
  • N/A
  • Denver Corporate Connection
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution - Whose Side Are You on Anyway
  • N/A
  • Denver Corporate Magazine
  • The Art of Getting Paid
  • N/A
  • Denver Corporate Connection
  • Beware that Stock Tip
  • N/A
  • Denver Corporate Connection
  • Buying a Business
  • N/A
  • Denver Corporate Connection
  • Whats Enough Got to do with it? The Insurance Review
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • The State Bar of California, Business Law Section
  • How to be, and how to use, an expert witness
  • N/A
  • Entertainment Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • The roles of agents, attorneys and managers
  • N/A
  • Entertainment Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Distribution of motion pictures
  • N/A
  • Denver Press Club
  • Breaking into the entertainment industry
  • N/A
  • CMA meeting
  • Unfair business practices (Business and Professions Code § 17200)
  • N/A
  • California Lawyers for the Arts Seminar
  • Negotiating talent agreements
  • N/A
  • "33" Club
  • Crisis Management
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
Entertainment Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jon is extremely knowledgeable, with a deep understanding of the entertainment field and measured foresight when it comes to the future of the industry and its direction. Highly recommend."
Business Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've been practicing business litigation for 25 years, and Jon is one of the most thorough and creative lawyers I've known when it comes to developing legal theories and arguing motions. He never seems to miss even the smallest detail, often thinking of issues and arguments other incredibly talented lawyers miss."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Jon Pfeiffer as co-counsel on several matters. Jon was not only a pleasure to work with, he is a smart, strategic and intuitive trial attorney. Jon definitely knows the law and how to apply it in representing his clients. I look forward to working with Jon on another future case. John F. Edgar"
Litigation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jon and I have worked together on several matters including one case that culminated in a three week jury trial (we won). Jon was the lead trial attorney and was tremendous. His mastery of the evidence rules coupled with his ability to connect with a jury makes him a formidable opponent. I recommend Jon without hesitation. ."
Entertainment Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the unique experience of being opposite Jon on a civil litigation matter and then eventually practicing law with him for two years. In addition to being a phenomenal trial lawyer, Jon is a great guy. I highly recommend Jon."
Entertainment Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jon is a dedicated and tenacious attorney who practices law with integrity. When you hire Jon, he treats you like you are his only client. Attorney Pfeiffer has a wealth of knowledge and advocacy skills that make his both a pleasure to work with and a formidable opponent. I would highly recommend Attorney Pfeiffer."
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Santa Monica Entertainment Lawyer Jon Arnold Pfeiffer
Jon Arnold Pfeiffer
Entertainment Attorney
Santa Monica, CA
Licensed for 39 years