Robert N. PafundiFounding 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.
– State Bar of California
– United States District Court, Central District of California
– United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit
– J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles
– B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
Lizelle Singian BrandtOf Counsel
Lizelle Singian Brandt handles consumer litigation, entertainment, fashion, sports, intellectual property, estate, and business legal matters. She is also an adjunct business law professor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.
Ms. Brandt 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.
– 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
– J.D., USC Gould School of Law (Member, Interdisciplinary Law Journal)
– B.A., USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
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.