Honors & Awards

  • Variety 2020 “Legal Impact Report”
  • “Most Influential Women Attorneys,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2019-2020
  • U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Lawyers in America,” 2018-Present
  • “Super Lawyer,” Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2020, including Top 100 List (2017-2020) and Top 50 Women (2017-2020)
  • “Top Women Lawyers,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, 2016
  • Rising Star,” Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2005-2010
  • Variety’s “best and brightest” list of “attorneys that stand above the crowd and represent the next generation of sharp legal minds in the entertainment business,” 2011

Education

  • University of Michigan, B.A. (High Honors), 1992
  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D. (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif.), 1996

Ms. MacIsaac specializes in entertainment, intellectual property and general business litigation. She has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous cases involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, employment related claims, professional negligence, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and trade secret misappropriation.

In addition to representing actors, musical performers, writers, producers, executives, business managers, talent agents and others within the entertainment industry in connection with a wide range of business and employment disputes, Ms. MacIsaac has also served as civil litigation counsel in a number of high-profile marital dissolution actions. She has also defended and prosecuted numerous actions related to professional negligence, including malpractice committed in entering into marital property agreements.

Ms. MacIsaac also has litigated a number of matters within the video game industry, where she has represented both large video game publishers and independent developers. Ms. MacIsaac was lead trial counsel in an action brought against a major video game publisher by an independent developer which concerned one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. She was also a central part of a litigation team that won a $13 million judgment in favor of video game publisher Ubisoft Entertainment in a matter involving the development of a video game based on a major doll brand.

Ms. MacIsaac has been widely recognized for her litigation work, including being named a “Top Women Attorney” by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2019 and 2020, and being included in Variety’s 2020 “Legal Impact Report.” Ms. MacIsaac has also been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer from 2013 until the present, and made the Top 100 Southern California Attorney list for the past three years in a row. From 2017 until the present, Super Lawyers Magazine also recognized Ms. MacIsaac as among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Southern California. In 2016, Ms. MacIsaac was named a “Top Women Lawyer” by the Daily Journal, and has also been selected for inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report’s “The Best Lawyers in America.”

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Law Clerk to the Hon. Ferdinand F. Fernandez, 1997-1998)
  • Speaker, “Litigation Update,” Gamer Law Technology Conference, March 2009
  • Speaker, “Put Your Game Face On: Video Game Development, Licensing and Litigation,” May 2006
  • Speaker, “Can You Keep a Secret?: Protecting Your Trade Secrets In The Workplace and In The Courts,” October 2005

Representative Matters

  • Representing former CFO of MedMen in his ongoing employment-related whistleblower dispute with MedMen.
  • Representing legendary producer Neal Moritz in his dispute with Universal regarding the motion picture Hobbs & Shaw.
  • Representing Paradigm Talent Agency in an employment-related dispute with a former agent.
  • Representing, along with Howard Weitzman and numerous other KWIKH lawyers, The Estate of Michael Jackson in a variety of civil litigation matters.
  • Represented Hollywood business managers, The Management Group, in a high-profile dispute with actor Johnny Depp.
  • Represented legendary singer and songwriter in a dispute with a former band member regarding unauthorized photographs and recordings.
  • Represented business manager, Clare Staples, in a dispute with celebrity hypnotist Paul McKenna.
  • Represented conservators of Britney Spears in a civil action brought by her former branding agent concerning commissions related to Ms. Spears’ various perfumes.
  • Represented television producer, Chuck Lorre, in connection with an action brought by Charlie Sheen regarding television show Two And A Half Men.
  • Served as civil litigation counsel for wife in her marital dissolution proceeding from legendary singer and songwriter husband.
  • Represented Jamie McCourt in her successful efforts to overturn a marital property agreement, which her former husband claimed made the Los Angeles Dodgers his separate property.
  • Represented former actress and model in a palimony action against the estate of her former boyfriend who died without fulfilling his promise to take care of her for life.
  • Represented Ubisoft Entertainment, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, in a license dispute against MGA Entertainment, the owner of the girl doll property known as “Bratz,” which resulted in a $13 million award in favor of Ubisoft.
  • Represented Ubisoft Entertainment in a breach of contract and negligence action brought against a video game replicator whose employee had pirated one of Ubisoft’s most successful video game properties.
  • Represented Ubisoft Entertainment in a declaratory relief action against its insurer regarding Ubisoft’s right to independent counsel; obtained summary adjudication in favor of Ubisoft on core issue in the action.
  • Represented Spark Unlimited, the developer of video games “Call of Duty: Finest Hour,” “Turning Point: Fall of Liberty,” and “Legendary: The Box,” in a fraud and breach of contract action against Activision Publishing; the matter was resolved out of court in a confidential settlement.
  • Represented a Los Angeles real estate developer and his investment company in a hotel partnership dispute and obtained a $15.5 million settlement in favor of our clients based on an approximately $2 million investment.
  • Represented two successful commercial photographers in a copyright infringement action brought against a national health care company, which was continuing to use and retain our client’s photographs after the license to use the photographs had expired.

Honors & Awards

  • Variety 2020 “Legal Impact Report”
  • “Most Influential Women Attorneys,” Los Angeles Business Journal, 2019-2020
  • U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Lawyers in America,” 2018-Present
  • “Super Lawyer,” Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2020, including Top 100 List (2017-2020) and Top 50 Women (2017-2020)
  • “Top Women Lawyers,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, 2016
  • Rising Star,” Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, 2005-2010
  • Variety’s “best and brightest” list of “attorneys that stand above the crowd and represent the next generation of sharp legal minds in the entertainment business,” 2011

Education

  • University of Michigan, B.A. (High Honors), 1992
  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D. (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif.), 1996

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