The Firm

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Robert N. Pafundi

Founding Attorney

Robert has addressed many of the most important and recurring issues in the entertainment industry. He is well-regarded as someone who closes film and TV deals for clients, negotiates entertainment contracts at every level, and reviews and advises clients on existing or anticipated entertainment contracts.

When it comes to entertainment industry disputes, Robert has resolved disputes for countless actors, actresses, talent agents, talent managers, writers, producers, and production companies. He does this by either stepping in early to head off expensive and time-consuming litigation, or, when necessary, zealously litigating cases through strategies that are customized to fit each client’s needs. This approach has led to early and cost-effective success through simple and straightforward demand letters, mediation, arbitration, or when called for, through trial and the appellate the process.

Robert is one of the only known Hollywood entertainment attorneys whose professional expertise includes having also been the owner of a legendary SAG-franchised talent agency. During those years and since, Robert has represented more than 1000 children and young adult actors and actresses. As the author of SAFE STARDOM: How to Protect Your Children on Their Road to Fame (Dunham Books, 2014) Robert is considered a leading expert in the representation of children in Film, TV, and Commercials.

Robert often takes his work internationally as well, mostly but not exclusively to Japan, where he has been a key player in film production and has many professional contacts.

Bar Admissions
– State Bar of California
– United States District Court, Central District of California
– United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit

Education
– J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles
– B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder

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Taria Campbell

Paralegal

Taria has been Robert Pafundi’s paralegal since 2014. She has over 20 years of experience as an assistant/paralegal in the areas of Entertainment Law, Personal Injury, Premises Liability and other areas of Tort, having previously worked for several law firms in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas.

Taria received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with an option in Social Welfare, from California State University Northridge in June 2005. She attended the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School in May 2006 and received a Certificate for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Skills Training. She currently volunteers her time with her son’s track and field running club as coach and board member. When Taria is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Co-Counsel For The Firm

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John E. Sweeney

Co-Counsel (Select Cases)

Pafundi Law Firm and John E. Sweeney & Associates team up as co-counsel on select cases.

For over 30 years, John Sweeney and his associates have successfully represented clients around the nation and throughout California in aviation and motor vehicle accidents, products liability cases, wrongful business practices, including intentional interference with the conduct of business, insurance bad faith, premises liability and vicious animal attacks.  John Sweeney and his associates locally and around the country have litigated major injury and death actions in 18 states, including matters in Honolulu, San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas, Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York, Miami, Tulsa, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Tucson and Phoenix.

Sweeney & Associates have the vast experience, knowledge and skill to prosecute major personal injury and wrongful death cases in many specialized and complex areas of the law.  Our relationships with the finest attorneys in California and throughout the nation, enable us to remain at the forefront of successful litigation in whatever forum our clients may find themselves.

In each case which John Sweeney personally agrees to undertake on behalf of a deserving client, a team of skilled professionals with the experience and skills appropriate to the specific requirements of the matter is assembled, and that team will move the case promptly and expertly to assure just and adequate compensation for our client.

Bar Admissions
– State Bar of California
– United States District Court, Central District of California
– United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit

Education
– J.D., Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles
– B.S., University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

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Lizelle Singian Brandt

Co-Counsel (Select Cases)

Pafundi Law Firm and Singian Law team up as co-counsel on select cases.

Singian Law handles consumer litigation, entertainment, fashion, sports, intellectual property, estate, and business legal matters. Lizelle Singian Brandt is also an adjunct business law professor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Ms. Brandt, as the founder and owner of the firm, is an experienced civil and criminal trial lawyer who has helped her clients obtain successful multi-million dollar jury verdicts and defense awards. She’s been called “small but mighty,” and a “pit bull when it comes to representing her clients – just relentless,” by NFL and college football stars. She has litigated disputes arising out of contract, copyright, trademark, trade secret, first amendment, cyber harassment, defamation, unauthorized use of name or likeness, employment, business, personal injury matters, as well as class actions. She has also prosecuted crimes for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Ms. Brandt also represents clients in the negotiation of entertainment, sports, fashion, media, business, and personal agreements, and the preparation of copyright, trademark and business filings and estate planning documents.

An avid college football fan, Ms. Brandt has also contributed as a video and print reporter and legal expert for USC sports magazine WeAreSC.com, covering the USC Trojans.

Bar Admissions
– State Bar of California
– State Bar of South Dakota
– United States District Court Central District of California
– United States District Court Southern District of California
– United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education
– J.D., USC Gould School of Law (Member, Interdisciplinary Law Journal)
– B.A., USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences