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Stephen D. Rothschild

Practice Areas

  • Business & Real Estate Litigation
  • Entertainment Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation


Stephen Rothschild is a partner of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano and has served as lead counsel in more than 75 arbitrations, mediations, administrative law hearings, civil service hearings, and bench trials and several jury trials.

Mr. Rothschild’s litigation practice includes a broad range of entertainment and intellectual property related issues, including copyright, trademark, idea misappropriation, name and likeness, publicity and sound alike claims; manager/artist disputes including in administrative proceedings under California’s Talent Agencies Act; complex royalty claims; and locating hidden operators of websites to take down defamatory and infringing material. Mr. Rothschild also litigates employment claims, banking disputes, accountant malpractice claims, and other business disputes.

Representative cases include Andre Young p/k/a Dr. Dre v. Wideawake Death Row Entertainment LLC, et al., Case No. CV 10-1019 CAS, (summary judgment confirming Dr. Dre’s continued ownership of digital rights in the classic album “The Chronic”); Kesha Rose Sebert pka KE$HA v. DAS Communications, Ltd., Case No. TAC-19800 (award reducing by half ex-manager’s potential recovery on multimillion dollar commission claim); Security Network, Inc. v. Humboldt Bank, 2006 WL 438648 (reversal of denial of judgment on breach of contract claim against nationwide credit card processor); Ironridge Financial v. Green Automotive (successful defense against predatory lender’s enforcement of stipulation for entry of judgment against publicly traded corporate borrower).

Mr. Rothschild received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984 and his J.D. in 1987 from Loyola Law School, where he received the Bancroft Whitney Award for Excellence in the Study of Employment Discrimination, clerked at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and was an extern for Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt. He is admitted to practice before the Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California and Ninth Circuit, and in addition to state courts throughout California has practiced before state courts in New York and Texas, and the United States District Court for the Southern District Court of New York.


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1987
  • University Of California, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. - 1984

Bar Admission

  • California, 1987

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Professional Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member


  • Recipient, Bancroft Whitney Award For Excellence In The Study Of Employment Discrimination