An experienced and highly decorated attorney, Glen Kulik has developed an impressive record handling complex litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout California. As a founder and managing partner of Kulik Gottesman Siegel & Ware LLP, he has a long history of successfully representing clients big and small, corporate and individual, in a wide variety of legal disputes. He is a recognized expert in the fields of entertainment, intellectual property, real estate, commercial, and employment law, and he is also a specialist in representing residential homeowner associations including gated communities, high rise buildings, and other common interest developments.
His practice encompasses litigation and transactions with particular concentrations in the areas of entertainment, digital media and intellectual property. Mr. Kulik has represented some of the nation’s leading entertainment industry talent (actors, writers, directors, producers and musicians) in their disputes with major studios, including Universal, Disney, NBC and TNT among others. He is a recognized expert in the areas of idea theft, right of publicity, net profit, copyright and trademark litigation.Mr. Kulik has extensive jury trial experience in both federal and state courts, arbitrations and all administrative proceedings. He has successfully tried complex cases in a wide array of disputes from trademark and copyright infringement and also the Digital Millennium Copyright Act resulting in several published opinions from the United States Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Well known for his work in the music industry, Mr. Kulik has represented high profile musicians, including Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Spirit, Play, and The Boomtown Rats in their negotiations and disputes with some of the largest music publishers and record labels in the industry. Mr. Kulik’s entertainment transactional work includes counseling and negotiating contracts and intellectual property acquisitions, licensing and other financial agreements involving film, television, fashion, music and publishing transactions.
Petrella v. Metro Goldwyn Mayer (United States Supreme Court 2014)
Jordan Benel v. Universal Studios, LLC (9th Cir. 2017)
Universal Music Group v. VEOH, Inc. (9th Cir. 2011)
Ellison v. America Online, Inc. (9th Cir. 2004)
Selected Entertainment Representations:
Represented Barbra Streisand, Mike Myers, Diane Keaton, Sharon Stone, William Shatner, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Eisner, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Mehcad Brooks & Barry Manilow in high profile litigation matters. Film & Television matters have included The Purge, Gravity, Trouble with the Curve, Shakespeare in Love, Star Trek, Platoon, Raging Bull, Boys Don’t Cry, This is Spinal Tap, The OC, The Simpsons, Baywatch, Las Vegas and Northern Exposure.
In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Mr. Kulik is also regarded as one of the leading homeowner association attorneys in Southern California. He represents many luxury common interest developments as their general counsel in both litigation and corporate matters. As General Counsel, Mr. Kulik advises on all HOA operations, including corporate compliance, employment, insurance, security, vendor contracts and governing documents. He has considerable experience in drafting CC&Rs, Bylaws, and Rules & Regulations.
Selected HOA Representations:
Le Parc, Century Hill, Century Woods, Park Wilshire, Wilshire Comstock, Wilshire House, The Wilshire, The Californian, The Dorchester, La Tour, The Mirabella, Blair House, Wilshire Westholme, Wilshire Manning, Marie Antoinette, The Churchill, The Westford, The Longford, Wilshire Selby West and East, Ten Five Sixty Wilshire and Wilshire Thayer
Selected Gated Communities & Single Family Homes:
Hidden Hills, Westlake North, Westlake Island, North Ranch Club Estates, Mountain View Estates, Morrison Estates, Calabasas Park, Westchester County, Monteria Estates, Bel Air Ridge and The Crown.
Professional Affiliations/Speaking Activities
Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles Bar Association (IP and Entertainment Law Sections) where he is also a frequent speaker on topics involving idea theft and copyright issues. Other recent presentations have included USC Law School and Southwestern Law School.
“Copyright Preemption: Is this the end of Desny v. Wilder,” Loyola Entertainment Law Review (2000).
“The Idea Submission Case: When is an idea protected under California Law?” Beverly Hills Bar Association Law Journal (Winter/Spring 1998)
“Handling Litigation over Idea Submission Claims,” New York Law Journal (July 24, 1998)
“Talk Is Cheap But Ideas Can Be Expensive,” California Law Week (March 8, 1999)
“Protecting Your Ideas,” Cal. Law Business Journal (September 29, 1997)
“Mighty Glen Kulik,” The Industry Magazine published by the Producer’s Guild (Winter 2000)
“Handling Idea Submission Cases,” Entertainment Law & Finance (1997)
“The State of Idea Submission Law in California a Half Century After Desny (2012) (published various places).
Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California (Los Angeles Magazine, February 2017)
America’s Most Honored Professionals 2016 – Top 1%
Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators in California (Daily Journal, April 2015)
Selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer (Top 5%) in a survey published in Los Angeles Magazine (2007- 2017).
Martindale Hubbell “AV” Preeminent Attorney rating every year for the past 20 years.
America’s Most Honored Professionals 2015 – Top 5%
America’s Most Honored Professionals 2014 – Top 10%