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

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016 – present

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2002-2011

  • Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2003

  • Top Women Lawyers in Business, 2003

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

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

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 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 ...

  • Bird Marella Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2018

    Bird Marella is pleased to announce the firm has been recognized as a Recommended Litigation Law Firm in California by Benchmark Litigation. In addition, three of the firm’s principals, Benjamin Gluck, Gary Lincenberg, Ron Nessim, Ekwan Rhow, and Dorothy Wolpert were recognized as 2018 California Litigation Stars. Benchmark Litigation is the definitive ...

  • 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. According to Benchmark Litigation: “The Benchmark Litigation ...

  • 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 Zoo and ...

  • 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 ...

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

  • Contributing Author: ” California Trial Objections,” Second Edition, C.E.B., 1984

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

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 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 ...

Bird Marella Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2018

Bird Marella is pleased to announce the firm has been recognized as a Recommended Litigation Law Firm in California by Benchmark Litigation. In addition, three of the firm’s principals, Benjamin Gluck, Gary Lincenberg, Ron Nessim, Ekwan Rhow, and Dorothy Wolpert were recognized as 2018 California Litigation Stars. Benchmark Litigation is the definitive ...

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. According to Benchmark Litigation: “The Benchmark Litigation ...

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 Zoo and ...

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 ...

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

  • Contributing Author: ” California Trial Objections,” Second Edition, C.E.B., 1984

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