Susannah M. Rooney 2018-07-17T19:48:44+00:00

Susannah M. Rooney is a vital member of the firm’s legal teams on some its highest profile matters, serving as a linchpin in researching and developing compelling cases on behalf of our clients. Her expertise in entertainment and media litigation makes her an invaluable part of our successful representation of major media and entertainment clients. Ms. Rooney has developed an expertise in contract, intellectual property, and business tort disputes in state and federal courts, as well as antitrust matters. Ms. Rooney also provides pre-litigation advice to clients on a range of topics including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, and contract issues.


University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D., 2013

  • Order of the Coif
  • Southern California Law Review, Senior Submissions Editor
  • Carolyn Craig Franklin Merit Scholarship; CourtCall Award for Civil Procedure

Santa Clara University, B.A., Communications, 2008

  • Magna cum laude

Entertainment Litigation

  • Represented Pabst Brewing Co. in a high-profile dispute with the rapper Snoop Dogg over the proceeds from a stock-sale transaction.
  • Successfully defeated copyright infringement action on summary judgment on behalf of Viacom International that was related to the hit VH1 television franchise, “Love & Hip Hop.”
  • Currently representing the estate of the world-renowned singer Jenni Rivera in a breach of contract suit brought against her former manager and related production entities.
  • Achieved a positive settlement outcome for a media company in a dispute that arose from the sale of its content distribution arm.
  • Represented a well-known social media company in a case that involved the right of publicity.
  • Obtained dismissal in a contract dispute brought against a major motion picture studio regarding profit participations.
  • Represented three plaintiffs in a founder’s lawsuit brought against a global producer of live events and entertainment content that was focused on electronic dance music, and alleged that the plaintiffs were defrauded out of their rightful ownership stakes in the company.
  • Irell & Manella LLP, 20132015
  • California, 2013
  • U.S. District Courts
    Central and Northern Districts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit