Stephen Joelson

Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Film, Television & Radio, Brands & Marketing Services

Stephen Joelson is a leading partner in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department.  He has specialised in commercial and entertainment litigation for more than 35 years, both in the UK and the US and has substantial trial experience.  Prior to joining Clintons in 1999, he practised for approximately 20 years as a barrister in England and then as an attorney in Los Angeles.  He has considerable and wide-ranging experience as an advocate and litigation strategist and in 2017, was named ‘Entertainment Litigation Lawyer of the Year in England’ by Corporate Intl Magazine.

Stephen has a global practice, representing clients from all over the world, including the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, the Russian Federation, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia.  As well as dealing with complex commercial litigation and entertainment, media, sports and art disputes, he also has extensive experience of alternative dispute resolution, handling numerous arbitrations and mediations (both domestic and international), including appeals to sporting arbitral bodies for individuals and governing bodies.  He has particular expertise in handling cases with international, cross-border elements, as well as entertainment and media disputes involving production, licensing, distribution, profit participations, accounting, audit, tax, intellectual property, passing off, likeness, credit and performer's rights. 

His clients include international corporations, studios, Film and TV production and distribution companies, artists, producers, composers, actors, directors,
theatrical producers, advertising agencies, art advisers, sporting governing bodies, FIFA licensed agents and sportsmen and sportswomen. 

Stephen is a Barrister of the Courts of England and Wales (1980), Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (2000) and an attorney admitted to the California Bar (1989), US District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of California and the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


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