Julia Cherlow litigates bet-the-company civil disputes across industries, with a specialization on effectively representing top entertainment talent in their most significant disputes, including breach of contract and profit participation claims. Her clients value her creativity, strategic thinking, and grace under pressure.

Ms. Cherlow joined the firm in 2018 after practicing for several years at Glaser Weil LLP, where she achieved favorable outcomes in a variety of litigation matters in state and federal court, for clients ranging from television producers to multinational clothing manufacturers to entrepreneurs to world famous architects.

Ms. Cherlow earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2012, where she served as a Managing Editor for the Stanford Journal for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and litigated several complex employment and housing disputes with the Stanford Community Law Clinic. During law school, Ms. Cherlow clerked for the Honorable Alphonse Orie of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Before law school, Ms. Cherlow was an associate with the Boston Consulting Group where she designed and implemented business solutions for Fortune 100 companies.

Prior to earning her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, with honors and distinction, Ms. Cherlow was a professional ballerina.

Education

  • Stanford Law School , J.D., 2012
  • Stanford University, B.A., with honors and distinction, 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation; Entertainment and Sports Law, 2021-present

  • Southern California Rising Stars, Los Angeles Magazine, 2017-present

  • Next Generation Leader, American Constitution Society, 2012-present

Representative Cases

  • Entertainment Litigation

    Trial counsel for Plaintiffs in Hanzer Holdings et al. v. CBS Studios, a breach of contract suit against CBS Studios for failing to pay Plaintiffs a package commission in the 2016 MacGyver spinoff.

  • Trial counsel for the creator of an extraordinarily successful television series in a profit participation arbitration against one of the largest television studios in Hollywood.

  • Successfully represented intellectual property rights holder in resolution of a $60M motion picture financing dispute.

  • Successfully represented creator and producer of highly successful television series in resolution of multimillion-dollar disputes against distributors.

  • Successfully represented writer and co-creator of television series in resolution of dispute over underlying rights to source material for the series.

  • General Complex Commercial Litigation

    Litigation counsel for FIGS, multibillion-dollar direct-to-consumer medical apparel and lifestyle brand, in false advertising suit.

  • Successfully represented mobile virtual network provider in obtaining a dismissal without leave to amend of federal and state False Claims Act (FCA) allegations threatening close to a half-billion dollars in damages.

  • Successfully represented consortium of investors in resolution of a novel block-chain currency dispute.

  • Successfully overturned adverse arbitration award against client who had been represented by prior counsel. Result for client improved after opponent appealed. Rice v. Downs, 247 Cal. App. 4th 1213 (2016) (review denied).

Affiliations

  • Board Member, Western Center for Law & Poverty
  • Board Member, Century City Bar Association
  • Editorial Board, American Bar Association, Section of Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Former Board Member, American Constitution Society, Los Angeles Lawyer Chapter, 2012-2018
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Barak Ballet, 2016-2019

Recent News & Events

  • Bird Marella Showcases Top-Tier Legal Talent with 19 Attorneys Named Among the 2022 Best Lawyers in America®

    Bird Marella is proud to announce its inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch by U.S. News. Nearly half of the firm’s entire roster of attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers as outstanding attorneys in their respective areas of expertise.   The Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition)  Terry W. Bird  ...

  • Ron Nessim and Julia Cherlow Publish Article in UCLA Entertainment Law Review Discussing How Profit Participants Can Protect Themselves from Self-Dealing in Television Streaming Distribution

    Principals Ron Nessim and Julia Cherlow recently authored the article, “The Application of the Sales Comparison Affiliate Transaction Provision to New, In-House Streaming Transactions Involving Historical Television Programs, and Their Impact on Profit Participants,” for the UCLA Entertainment Law Review  (Volume 28, Issue 1).    Nessim and Cherlow provide valuable insights into the ...

  • Multiple Bird Marella Attorneys Named 2021 Southern California Rising Stars

    Attorneys Julia Cherlow, Gopi Panchapakesan, Ray Seilie, and Fanxi Wang have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. All four attorneys have been recognized consecutively as a “Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney” in Southern California.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of ...

  • Bird Marella Wins Dismissal Without Leave to Amend of FCA Claims Against Wireless Provider

    Principals Paul Chan, Benjamin Gluck, and Julia Cherlow achieved a significant victory for mobile virtual network provider TruConnect, the fourth largest and fastest growing wireless Lifeline company in the United States, in a federal False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.   The relators’ allegations threatened close to a half-billion dollars in ...

  • Julia Cherlow to Speak at 2021 NALSC Virtual Annual Conference

    Principal Julia Cherlow will be a panelist at the 2021 National Association of Legal Search Consultants Annual Conference on April 8, 2021. Cherlow will participate in the panel discussion “Perspectives from the Candidate Side” at 11:50 a.m. PT, joined by Neel Chatterjee of Goodwin Procter LLP and Joshua Pond of Crowell & Moring LLP. The ...

  • Bird Marella Elevates Three Attorneys for 2021

    Bird Marella is proud to announce the elevations of Julia B. Cherlow to principal, Marc E. Masters to senior counsel, and Ray S. Seilie to counsel, effective January 1, 2021. Since joining the firm as an associate in 2018, Julia Cherlow has brought extensive litigation experience in a wide array ...

  • Julia Cherlow Authors ABA Article on Best Practices for Young Attorneys in the Courtroom

    Associate Julia B. Cherlow authored the article, “May It Please the Court: Best Practices for a Young Attorney Taking the Podium” for the American Bar Association. Cherlow outlines ​strategies for young attorneys arguing their first motion independently in court and provides recommendations on preparation, courtroom etiquette, and interacting with the judge. Click ...

  • 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, ...

  • Five Bird Marella Attorneys Selected by Super Lawyers as 2020 Rising Stars

    Bird Marella attorneys Gopi Panchapakesan, Naeun Rim, Julia Cherlow, Ray Seilie, and Fanxi Wang have been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for 2020. This marks the fourth consecutive year of selection for Cherlow, third consecutive year for Panchapakesan and Wang, and the second consecutive year ...

  • Six Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

    Bird Marella is proud to announce that six of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2019 Southern California Rising Stars list. Those recognized include: Julia Cherlow: Business Litigation Tristan Favro: Securities Litigation* Gopi Panchapakesan: Business Litigation Naeun Rim: White Collar Criminal Defense* Ray Seilie: Business Litigation* Fanxi Wang: ...

Other News & Events

  • Panelist, “Perspectives from the Candidate Side,” National Association of Legal Search Consultants Annual Conference, April 2021

Publications

Julia Cherlow litigates bet-the-company civil disputes across industries, with a specialization on effectively representing top entertainment talent in their most significant disputes, including breach of contract and profit participation claims. Her clients value her creativity, strategic thinking, and grace under pressure.

Ms. Cherlow joined the firm in 2018 after practicing for several years at Glaser Weil LLP, where she achieved favorable outcomes in a variety of litigation matters in state and federal court, for clients ranging from television producers to multinational clothing manufacturers to entrepreneurs to world famous architects.

Ms. Cherlow earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2012, where she served as a Managing Editor for the Stanford Journal for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and litigated several complex employment and housing disputes with the Stanford Community Law Clinic. During law school, Ms. Cherlow clerked for the Honorable Alphonse Orie of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Before law school, Ms. Cherlow was an associate with the Boston Consulting Group where she designed and implemented business solutions for Fortune 100 companies.

Prior to earning her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, with honors and distinction, Ms. Cherlow was a professional ballerina.

Representative Cases

  • Entertainment Litigation

    Trial counsel for Plaintiffs in Hanzer Holdings et al. v. CBS Studios, a breach of contract suit against CBS Studios for failing to pay Plaintiffs a package commission in the 2016 MacGyver spinoff.

  • Trial counsel for the creator of an extraordinarily successful television series in a profit participation arbitration against one of the largest television studios in Hollywood.

  • Successfully represented intellectual property rights holder in resolution of a $60M motion picture financing dispute.

  • Successfully represented creator and producer of highly successful television series in resolution of multimillion-dollar disputes against distributors.

  • Successfully represented writer and co-creator of television series in resolution of dispute over underlying rights to source material for the series.

  • General Complex Commercial Litigation

    Litigation counsel for FIGS, multibillion-dollar direct-to-consumer medical apparel and lifestyle brand, in false advertising suit.

  • Successfully represented mobile virtual network provider in obtaining a dismissal without leave to amend of federal and state False Claims Act (FCA) allegations threatening close to a half-billion dollars in damages.

  • Successfully represented consortium of investors in resolution of a novel block-chain currency dispute.

  • Successfully overturned adverse arbitration award against client who had been represented by prior counsel. Result for client improved after opponent appealed. Rice v. Downs, 247 Cal. App. 4th 1213 (2016) (review denied).

Affiliations

  • Board Member, Western Center for Law & Poverty
  • Board Member, Century City Bar Association
  • Editorial Board, American Bar Association, Section of Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Former Board Member, American Constitution Society, Los Angeles Lawyer Chapter, 2012-2018
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Barak Ballet, 2016-2019

News & Events

Bird Marella Showcases Top-Tier Legal Talent with 19 Attorneys Named Among the 2022 Best Lawyers in America®

Bird Marella is proud to announce its inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch by U.S. News. Nearly half of the firm’s entire roster of attorneys have been recognized and selected by their peers as outstanding attorneys in their respective areas of expertise.   The Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition)  Terry W. Bird  ...

Ron Nessim and Julia Cherlow Publish Article in UCLA Entertainment Law Review Discussing How Profit Participants Can Protect Themselves from Self-Dealing in Television Streaming Distribution

Principals Ron Nessim and Julia Cherlow recently authored the article, “The Application of the Sales Comparison Affiliate Transaction Provision to New, In-House Streaming Transactions Involving Historical Television Programs, and Their Impact on Profit Participants,” for the UCLA Entertainment Law Review  (Volume 28, Issue 1).    Nessim and Cherlow provide valuable insights into the ...

Multiple Bird Marella Attorneys Named 2021 Southern California Rising Stars

Attorneys Julia Cherlow, Gopi Panchapakesan, Ray Seilie, and Fanxi Wang have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. All four attorneys have been recognized consecutively as a “Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney” in Southern California.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of ...

Bird Marella Wins Dismissal Without Leave to Amend of FCA Claims Against Wireless Provider

Principals Paul Chan, Benjamin Gluck, and Julia Cherlow achieved a significant victory for mobile virtual network provider TruConnect, the fourth largest and fastest growing wireless Lifeline company in the United States, in a federal False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.   The relators’ allegations threatened close to a half-billion dollars in ...

Julia Cherlow to Speak at 2021 NALSC Virtual Annual Conference

Principal Julia Cherlow will be a panelist at the 2021 National Association of Legal Search Consultants Annual Conference on April 8, 2021. Cherlow will participate in the panel discussion “Perspectives from the Candidate Side” at 11:50 a.m. PT, joined by Neel Chatterjee of Goodwin Procter LLP and Joshua Pond of Crowell & Moring LLP. The ...

Bird Marella Elevates Three Attorneys for 2021

Bird Marella is proud to announce the elevations of Julia B. Cherlow to principal, Marc E. Masters to senior counsel, and Ray S. Seilie to counsel, effective January 1, 2021. Since joining the firm as an associate in 2018, Julia Cherlow has brought extensive litigation experience in a wide array ...

Julia Cherlow Authors ABA Article on Best Practices for Young Attorneys in the Courtroom

Associate Julia B. Cherlow authored the article, “May It Please the Court: Best Practices for a Young Attorney Taking the Podium” for the American Bar Association. Cherlow outlines ​strategies for young attorneys arguing their first motion independently in court and provides recommendations on preparation, courtroom etiquette, and interacting with the judge. Click ...

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, ...

Five Bird Marella Attorneys Selected by Super Lawyers as 2020 Rising Stars

Bird Marella attorneys Gopi Panchapakesan, Naeun Rim, Julia Cherlow, Ray Seilie, and Fanxi Wang have been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for 2020. This marks the fourth consecutive year of selection for Cherlow, third consecutive year for Panchapakesan and Wang, and the second consecutive year ...

Six Bird Marella Attorneys Named to 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Bird Marella is proud to announce that six of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2019 Southern California Rising Stars list. Those recognized include: Julia Cherlow: Business Litigation Tristan Favro: Securities Litigation* Gopi Panchapakesan: Business Litigation Naeun Rim: White Collar Criminal Defense* Ray Seilie: Business Litigation* Fanxi Wang: ...

Other News & Events

  • Panelist, “Perspectives from the Candidate Side,” National Association of Legal Search Consultants Annual Conference, April 2021

Publications