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Power Lawyers 2011

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    Litigation
    Gail Title
    Gail Title
    Katten Muchin Rosenman

    Title is still glowing from what she calls the highlight of her legal career: representing NBCUniversal and Pilgrim Films, producer of SyFy's Ghost Hunters, in a recent copyright case brought by a parapsychologist who claimed he had an implied contract to make the show based on pitching a similar idea. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals initially sided with Title's clients, affirming the trial court's ruling that such claims are preempted by federal law, which will benefit studios in future stolen-idea cases. Although the Ninth Circuit then ordered en banc review and, in a split decision, reversed the trial court, Title calls the experience "remarkably fun." She adds, "to argue at the appellate level en banc, that's one of the things that you go to law school to have the opportunity to do." The mother of four has represented Universal for years, seeing the company through several high-profile wins, including a recent case brought by a graphic novel writer against the NBC hit Heroes.

    FAVORITE LUNCH SPOT West L.A. Italian eatery Sotto, where Title's 27-year-old son is an owner and co-chef.

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