Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Hires Top Entertainment Litigator John M. Gatti as Partner

He will serve as co-chair of the firm’s national Entertainment Litigation practice group

John M. Gatti has joined the Los Angeles law office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP as a partner in the Litigation Division, and will serve as co-chair of the firm’s national Entertainment Litigation practice group.

Gatti has more than 25 years of commercial litigation experience representing clients in various industries, with an emphasis representing studios, television networks, film financiers, talent, gaming and sports entities, and independent entertainment production companies involved in the media, entertainment, sports, Internet and gaming industries.

He joins Manatt from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where he served as the chair of its Entertainment Litigation practice group.

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Gatti also serves as a board member for the University of Southern California Entertainment Institute, Junior Achievement of Southern California, and the Inner City Law Center. He earned a J.D. and a B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California.

“John is a terrific addition to Manatt,” said Matt Kanny, chair of the firm’s national Litigation Division. “He is a superb litigator and proven leader.Substantively, his focus on entertainment and, in particular, motion pictures and television, complements Manatt’s industry-leading work in this area. John joins an extraordinary team, and I know he and Entertainment Litigation practice co-chair Robert Jacobs will accomplish great things for clients.”

“I’m energized by the opportunities this move presents,” said Gatti. “Manatt combines one of the strongest litigation practices in the country with a top-flight entertainment practice. The firm has a reputation for deep industry expertise and excellent client service. I look forward to working with Robert to lead the practice and working with my new colleagues across the country.”