Wolpert appointed to UCLA Law Board

Dorothy Wolpert is a founding member of the firm.

Her practice includes trial experience in copyright infringement, legal malpractice (as both plaintiff and defendant), probate matters, post-acquisition disputes, entertainment cases, and several precedential cases related to the construction of the Los Angeles subway.

She has argued in the Supreme Court of the State of California and before all the U.S. district courts in the state, as well as the Ninth Circuit.

Dorothy has served as a judge pro tem, mediator and arbitrator in the Los Angeles Superior Court, and has arbitrated fee disputes for the LACBA.

Representative Cases

  • Represented a national law firm in a malpractice claim. Successfully defended the claim and obtained a jury verdict of over $1 million in fees.

  • Represented numerous major studios in piracy cases and secured damages and injunctions.

  • Represented public company in post-acquisition dispute and obtained $20 million plus settlement.

  • Defended major film maker against copyright infringement claim.

  • Represented prominent family in lengthy probate proceedings including six successful appeals.


  • Inner City Law Center, Past President and Member, Board of Directors, 1999-present
  • UCLA Law School Alumni Board
  • Fountain Theatre, Board of Directors
  • Court appointed Counsel in Juvenile Court
  • Founding Member, Los Angeles Library Association

Bird Marella Again Ranked in “Best Law Firms” and Best Lawyers in America®

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has ranked Bird Marella among the 2018 “Best Law Firms” in Los Angeles with a Tier 1 ranking in the practice areas of White Collar Criminal Defense, Commercial Litigation, and Trust & Estates. The firm also achieved a Tier 3 ranking in Environmental Law. The U.S. ...

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Dorothy Wolpert named to “Top 250 Women in Litigation”

Congratulations to Founding Principal Dorothy Wolpert on her selection to Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the US for 2017. In this past year, Dorothy has focused her practice on copyright infringement, legal malpractice, probate matters, post-acquisition disputes, and entertainment cases.

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Terry Bird Honored by Voice for the Animals Foundation

Bird Marella Founding Principal Terry Bird was honored on May 6, 2017 at UCLA Royce Hall by the Voice for the Animals Foundation and presented with the “Lily Award” in appreciation of the firm’s pro-bono work with VFTA to have “Billy” the elephant removed from the Los Angeles ...

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12 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected to 2017 Best Lawyers in America®

12 Bird Marella principals have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of the Best Lawyers in America.  Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly 5 million votes on the legal abilities of ...

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Dorothy Wolpert Co-Chairs major fundraiser for Inner City Law Center

Bird Marella founding Partner Dorothy Wolpert recently Co-Chaired the Annual Luncheon of the Inner City Law Center raising over $500,000 to assist in representing homeless veterans and tenants in slum housing  (June 2013).

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Wolpert appointed to UCLA Law Board

Dorothy Wolpert was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the UCLA Law Alumni Association for 2012 - 2013

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Wolpert speaks on Ethics Panel

Dorothy Wolpert participated on a UCLA Law School panel addressing the topic "Ethical Standards for Lawyers in Mediation" (January 2013).

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Published Cases

  • DeCamp v. First Kensington Corp., 83 Cal. App. 3d 268 (1978)
  • Seiler v. Lucasfilm, 808 F.2d 1316 (9th Cir. 1986)
  • Southern California Rapid Transit Dist. v. Bolen, 1 Cal. 4th 654 (1992)
  • Contributing Author: ” California Trial Objections,” Second Edition, C.E.B., 1984

  • Guarding the Home Front, Daily Journal Supplement, 12-4-2006