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.

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., Member of Moot Court, 1976
  • College of the City of New York and University of Pennsylvania, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1959

Honors & Awards

  • Local Litigation Star, 2019-2021

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016-present

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Attorney of the Year – Private Sector, 2015

  • Inner City Law Center’s Katherine Krause Award for Public Service, 2004

  • Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2003

  • Top Women Lawyers in Business, 2003

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2002-2011

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.

Affiliations

  • 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

Recent News & Events

  • Bird Marella Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2021

    Bird Marella is proud to announce that the firm has been recognized as a “Highly Recommended” law firm in California by Benchmark Litigation. The firm has also been ranked in Tier 1 for dispute resolution and in Tier 1 for securities litigation for the third consecutive year. In addition, five of the firm’s principals ...

  • 18 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America®

    Bird Marella is proud to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer – Criminal Defense: White-Collar Terry W. Bird – Commercial Litigation, ...

  • Bird Marella Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2020

    Bird Marella is proud to announce that the firm has been recognized as a “Highly Recommended” law firm in California by Benchmark Litigation. The firm was also ranked in Tier 1 in the area of securities litigation for the second consecutive year. Additionally, several of the firm’s principals were honored. ...

  • 14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America®

    Bird Marella is proud to announce that 14 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, principals Joel Boxer and Paul Chan were honored with the “Lawyer of the Year” award for their ...

  • Bird Marella Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2019

    Bird Marella is pleased to announce the firm has been recognized as a Recommended Litigation Law Firm in California and ranked in Tier 1 for Securities by Benchmark Litigation. Principals Gary Lincenberg, Ron Nessim, Ekwan Rhow, and Dorothy Wolpert were also recognized as Local and California Litigation Stars, and Principal ...

  • 14 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected to 2019 Best Lawyers in America®

    14 Bird Marella principals have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of 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 other ...

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)

Publications

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.

Affiliations

  • 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

News & Events

Bird Marella Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2021

Bird Marella is proud to announce that the firm has been recognized as a “Highly Recommended” law firm in California by Benchmark Litigation. The firm has also been ranked in Tier 1 for dispute resolution and in Tier 1 for securities litigation for the third consecutive year. In addition, five of the firm’s principals ...

18 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America®

Bird Marella is proud to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer – Criminal Defense: White-Collar Terry W. Bird – Commercial Litigation, ...

Bird Marella Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2020

Bird Marella is proud to announce that the firm has been recognized as a “Highly Recommended” law firm in California by Benchmark Litigation. The firm was also ranked in Tier 1 in the area of securities litigation for the second consecutive year. Additionally, several of the firm’s principals were honored. ...

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America®

Bird Marella is proud to announce that 14 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, principals Joel Boxer and Paul Chan were honored with the “Lawyer of the Year” award for their ...

Bird Marella Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2019

Bird Marella is pleased to announce the firm has been recognized as a Recommended Litigation Law Firm in California and ranked in Tier 1 for Securities by Benchmark Litigation. Principals Gary Lincenberg, Ron Nessim, Ekwan Rhow, and Dorothy Wolpert were also recognized as Local and California Litigation Stars, and Principal ...

14 Bird Marella Attorneys Selected to 2019 Best Lawyers in America®

14 Bird Marella principals have been recognized and selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of 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 other ...

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)

Publications