Since its founding in 1993, both the firm and Tom have established respected positions in the music, film and digital business environments.
In addition to providing counsel on intellectual property and internet issues to prominent figures and companies in the entertainment world, Tom has been influential in setting numerous, significant legal precedents, and has personally secured trial verdicts and judgments in excess of fifty million dollars. Noteworthy published decisions include: Polydoros v. 20th Century Fox; McCall v. Four Star Music; Downing v. Abercrombie & Fitch; Kitty-Anne Music Co. v. Swan; Swirsky v. Mariah Carey; and Richlin v. MGM.
Practicing in venues diverse as Los Angeles Superior Court, The Supreme Court of the United States and international arbitral panels, Tom is an accomplished lawyer. Trained as both an arbitrator and mediator of international intellectual property disputes by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Tom advocates for content owners around the world. As intellectual property issues are no longer local or even national in scope, much of his work is international, including a robust gTLD and international arbitration practice. He is an active member of intellectual property organizations ranging from the Los Angeles Copyright Society to the International Trademark Association. Tom has also assisted many important international brands with their trademark, domain name and brand recognition issues, from Callaway Golf to Omaha Steaks to Quiksilver and Everlast, amongst many others.
Previously, in 1985, Tom founded the Silicon Valley consulting group Thyrsus Technologies. Thyrsus pioneered the relationship between personal computers and the music industry. Serving clients ranging from Apple Computer to The Grateful Dead, Thyrsus was instrumental in guiding Apple's original foray into the music business and was influential in establishing standards that catalyzed growth in the sector.
Tom has served on numerous corporate, advisory and charitable boards. He presently serves as President of the UC Hastings Board of Governors, on the Judicial Appointments Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, on the Board of Directors of film/music investment fund Resonant Music Group, in various ICANN policy groups, and as President of the Rustic Canyon Co-Op Nursery School, among other positions. Out of the office, Tom coaches AYSO soccer when he is not surfing / snowboarding / skating or working, mostly working.