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Tel: 310.551.2000

Tel: 310.551.2000

Alexander M. Merino is an experienced litigator, concentrating on business litigation, entertainment law, internet and media law, real estate and intellectual property, including copyright and trademark law. He also has extensive experience counseling start-up and emerging businesses with their corporate, real estate, and intellectual property needs. Alex has served as a research associate at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, two of the nation's foremost internet law research centers. Prior to founding MERINO YEBRI LLP, Alex was an associate at Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin, LLP, and Toberoff & Associates, PC.

• University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. (2005)
• Carnegie Mellon University, B.S. (2002)
• London School of Economics (2002)

Bar & Court Admissions
• California
• U.S. District Court, California, Central District

Representative Cases

• Obtained a favorable settlement in a copyright ownership dispute involving an author/filmmaker's motion picture and underlying screenplay in a case implicating idea submission and joint authorship issues.
• Assisted in the successful appeal and reversal of summary judgment in a case involving a famous branded property and related trademark and copyright principles.
• Helped a European technology firm obtain judgment against a California distributor in a breach of contract case.
• Won summary judgment in a copyright case involving trademark infringement, copyright recapture, profit participations and vertical integration issues.
• Helped a Southern California real estate developer in the successful defense and settlement of claims by investors and homebuilders.

Civic, Community, & Pro Bono Activities
• Volunteer, civil rights matters
• Pro Bono counsel, real estate matters / foreclosure prevention

Sam S. Yebri has obtained successful results in a broad range of significant commercial and business litigation matters, including real estate, employment, intellectual property, entertainment, and elder abuse matters. Sam has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, including start-up media and entertainment firms, real estate developers and investors, electronics and clothing manufacturers, and aggrieved consumers and employees. Prior to founding MERINO YEBRI LLP, Sam worked at two prestigious national firms, Proskauer Rose and Jones Day, and served as a law clerk to the Hon. A. Howard Matz of District Court for the Central District of California. Sam has been named a “Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine.

• University of Southern California Law School, J.D. (2006)
• Yale University, B.A. (2003)

• U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Judge A. Howard Matz (2007-2008)
• U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Judge George H. King (2004) (externship)

Bar & Court Admissions
• California
• U.S. District Court, California, Central District
• U.S. District Court, California, Northern District
• U.S. District Court, California, Eastern District
• U.S. District Court, California, Southern District

Representative Cases
• Obtained a million-dollar settlement during trial for a music management company in a breach of contract lawsuit against a prominent music artist.
• Obtained a favorable settlement in a fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and elder abuse litigation involving real estate.
• Won summary judgment on behalf of a university against claims of discrimination and wrongful termination in federal court.
• Helped toy manufacturer settle on favorable terms a dispute involving copyright infringement claims.
• Helped a client settle a lawsuit involving claims for unfair competition, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets arising from the client's hiring of a competitor's employees.
• Obtained six-figure settlement for clients against national department store in connection with workplace harassment and wage and hour violations under California law.
• Prevailed in complex trade secret and copyright infringement litigation in federal court.

Civic, Community & Pro Bono Activities
• President and Co-Founder of 30 YEARS AFTER, a leading Iranian Jewish civic action organization
• Regional Board of Directors, Anti-Defamation League
• Regional Cabinet, American Israel Public Affairs Committee
• Regional Council, Bend The Arc
• New Leaders Council, Bet Tzedek Legal Services
• Community Engagement Executive Committee, Jewish Federation of Los Angeles
• Represent clients on a pro bono basis in immigration and civil rights matters

John M. Begakis is an associate at Merino Yebri LLP. John's litigation and transactional practice focuses on entertainment, intellectual property, and employment matters.

John earned his law degree from Southwestern Law School where he was President of the Southwestern Entertainment and Sports Law Society. He was a member of the Southwestern Journal of International Law and the Trial Advocacy Honors Program. John also received the Paul Miller Memorial Fund Award presented by the Los Angeles Copyright Society to outstanding students of copyright law. Additionally, John has worked in the entertainment industry, including at Lions Gate Films, and co-authored an article for the publication Entertainment and Sports Lawyer addressing copyright's work-for-hire doctrine and its implications in the music industry.

• Southwestern School of Law, J.D. (2011)
• Pennsylvania State University, B.A. (2008)

Bar & Court Admissions
• California

  » Business/Commercial Litigation
» Intellectual Property ( Copyright,
   Trademark, Trade Secrets)

» Entertainment
» Labor and Employment
» Real Estate
» Consumer Law/Tort Law
» Unfair Competition/Antitrust

» Elder Law
» Business Formation
» Government Relations/Election

» Non-profit Formation
» Collection Actions

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