Having recently been named one of California’s Top 40 lawyers under the age of 40, Randall L. Jackson has made his mark arguing and winning cases before the California Court of Appeal and by litigating many of the firm’s most complex cases.

Mr. Jackson is a diligent and highly organized litigator whose persistence helped secure a landmark settlement that will end racial segregation in Arizona’s state prison system. A former law clerk and Harvard Law School graduate, he has extensive experience in all phases of pretrial, trial, and appellate civil litigation. His practice encompasses a wide array of matters, including entertainment, intellectual property, securities, and general commercial litigation.

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2006

  • Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Executive Articles Editor
  • Board of Student Advisers, Legal Writing Instructor

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science, 2003

  • Summa cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • College Honors

Clerkships

U.S. District Court

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Stephen V. Wilson

Media, Entertainment, and Intellectual Property

  • Provided day-to-day litigation management in connection with a major motion picture studio’s complete defense victory following a two-week bench trial in a complex slate film financing dispute. The verdict was later affirmed on appeal.
  • Integral member of team that prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of a global entertainment company in a lawsuit against a nationally-known toymaker for breach of contract.
  • Defended an entertainment conglomerate in a jury trial against claims of trademark and copyright infringement based on acts of foreign licensee.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a leading talent agency in an action asserting tort and contract claims related to a highly successful television series.
  • Secured summary judgment on behalf of an independent motion picture company, which confirmed its rights in a distribution agreement that was acquired during a bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Represented the founder and franchisor of the nation’s premier comedy club during franchise and licensing disputes, including obtaining certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Defended a public company against allegations of fraud and breach of contract arising out of the sale of its entertainment media distribution business.
  • Successfully defended a lithography systems manufacturer against claims of fraud and negligence pertaining to the assignment of a license agreement. After a one-week arbitration, the arbitrator found in favor of the defendant with respect to all claims, and determined that the defendant was entitled to recover its litigation expenses, including attorneys’ fees.
  • Provided legal counsel to a major sports agency on a variety of issues.
  • Provided legal analysis to a motion picture studio with respect to its rights and obligations under profit participation agreements.
  • Offered legal advice relating to the broadcast of multiple reality television programs.
  • Evaluated the enforcement of intellectual property rights in connection with evolving social media technologies.

Commercial Litigation

  • Defended the former CEO of the nation’s one-time largest mortgage originator in lawsuits filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, former shareholders, and investors in mortgage-backed securities against allegations of securities fraud and insider trading.
  • Represented a global pharmaceutical company in a consolidated derivative action brought by purported shareholders against the Board of Directors with respect to alleged improper marketing tactics.
  • Successfully defended an aircraft manufacturer in a dispute arising out of an exclusive purchase agreement with a key supplier. After a 19-day arbitration, the arbitrator ruled against the supplier’s allegations of improper termination of agreement, misrepresentation, promissory fraud, and theft of intellectual property.
  • Defended an appraisal management company against claims of breach of contract and gross negligence in a lawsuit centered on allegedly inflated appraisal services.
  • Defended two individuals in a bench trial in which the plaintiffs sought approximately $50 million for an alleged breach of contract.

Pro Bono Litigation

  • Represented the Natural Resources Defense Council in connection with U.S. Supreme Court proceedings in an action challenging the U.S. Navy’s failure to comply with environmental laws governing the use of mid-frequency sonar.
  • Secured a landmark settlement ending the Arizona Department of Corrections’ racial segregation of inmates, as well as its systematic use of race in employing inmates, in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • Daily Journal, Top 40 Attorneys under 40, 2016
  • Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
    Board of Directors, 2013–Present
  • Irell & Manella LLP, 2007–2011
    Associate
  • California, 2006
  • U.S. District Courts
    Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit