Glen A. Rothstein


JD, UCLA Law School, 1995
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, Highest Honors, 1992



State Bar of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Courts – Central District of California, Eastern District of California, Northern District of California and Southern District of California

Glen A. Rothstein is a nationally recognized and respected entertainment and sports law attorney, and former Partner and Marketing Committee member of the prestigious Los Angeles law firm of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP.  Glen focuses his practice in the area of general commercial litigation, primarily in the entertainment, sports, interactive gaming and digital and mobile app industries.  He represents clients in state and federal courts across the country as well as before arbitral tribunals such as the IFTA Arbitration Tribunal, American Arbitration Association, JAMS and administrative tribunals such as the California Department of Industrial Relations.  Glen’s successful representations cover a broad range of matters including:

  • Breach of contract and intellectual property licensing
  • Copyright, trademark and idea submission
  • Misappropriation of likeness
  • Labor and employment
  • A variety of commercial torts

Glen’s representative clients include motion picture and television production companies and studios, actors, athletes, writers, producers, directors, talent agents and agencies, talent and business managers, independent film production and distribution companies, foreign sales agents, interactive videogame agents, developers and publishers and mobile and digital app companies.  Glen’s more than 20+ years of experience representing a wide array of clients in all aspects of the entertainment industry provides him with a unique insight into creative, efficient and pragmatic pre-litigation business-minded problem solving alternatives that minimize business and life disruption as well as enhance his ability to cost effectively, aggressively and successfully litigate entertainment-related and other general commercial disputes to either negotiated or fully adjudicated outcomes.

Glen’s name, face and voice regularly appear in print, television and radio, and he is oft-quoted in high profile entertainment, sports and legal trade publications such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Yahoo! Entertainment,, The Wrap, Law360 and The Daily Journal. Glen is equally respected for his generosity, including his past service for The Artists & Athletes Alliance, a not-for-profit organization at the nexus of Washington D.C. and Hollywood that promotes engagement in productive dialogue by providing a national platform for the voices of the entertainment and sports community to be meaningfully heard thereby facilitating impactful and lasting social change.  Glen is also the Founder and CEO of Where Were You When…? LLC, a brand and licensing sports and lifestyle apparel company that, along with fellow partner Sports 1 Marketing/Warren Moon Enterprises, is dedicated to family, leveraging relationship capital in the entertainment, sports and business community to create business synergies for clients and non-clients alike and promoting philanthropic endeavors.

Glen’s professional affiliations include: Member of the Executive Committee of the Entertainment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association; Member, Law360 2017 Sports Editorial Advisory Board; Member of the Executive Committee of the Provisors Silicon Beach Group (2013 – 2015); Law Firm Advisory Board, Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel; and, Business Council Member, The Artists & Athletes Alliance (2010 – 2011). In addition, he is listed in Super Lawyers (2009, 2012–2016).

  • Represented and secured substantial monetary damages award in favor of major independent motion picture studio following multi-week arbitration involving breach of contract and other claims relating to colorization and visual effects rendered in connection with Academy Award nominated film
  • Represented and secured substantial monetary damages award in favor of foreign sales agency in connection with IFTA arbitration involving breach of contract and other claims relating to sale of slate of motion pictures, including Academy Award winning Best Picture of the Year
  • Represented Academy Award winning actor in connection with successful dismissal at the pleading stage of California state court attempted civil extortion claim
  • Represented Hall of Fame NBA, NFL and other high profile professional athletes in connection with general litigation and business matters
  • Represented respected independent videogame developer and high profile individual directors and officers in connection with successful dismissal of $25 million lawsuit brought by former putative business partner on lack of personal jurisdiction grounds
  • Represented multi-billion dollar Japanese arcade, mobile and home video game developer and publisher in connection with successful dismissal at the pleading stage of California state court breach of written contract action
  • Represented independent motion picture production company in connection with successful dismissal at the pleading stage by way of 12(b)(6) motion of federal copyright infringement and state law claims relating to critically acclaimed theatrical motion picture
  • Represented one of the most commercially successful independent film and television distribution companies in connection with breach of confidentiality agreements and trade secret misappropriation claims involving former company employees
  • Program Chair And Panel Moderator, Entertainment Law Section Of The Beverly Hills Bar Association Presents, The Wide, Wide World Of Sports Law, November 16, 2016
  • Co-Presenter With Richard Chernick, Managing Director, JAMS Arbitration Practice, Drafting Arbitration Clauses: Deconstructing An Arbitration Clause, November 10, 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, Pepperdine School Of Law, Dispute Resolution In The Entertainment & Sports Industry, October 31, 2016
  • Speaking Panel Member, JAMS Sports & Entertainment Practice Group “Learning from Clients”  Series: Current Legal Issues In The Sports Industry, August 1, 2016
  • Member, Law360 2017 Sports Editorial Advisory Board
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Entertainment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Provisors Silicon Beach Group (2013 – 2015)
  • Business Council Member, The Artists & Athletes Alliance (2010 – 2011)
  • Law Firm Advisory Board, Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel
  • Advanced Arbitration Academy, USC-JAMS Arbitration Institute, Judge Judith O. Hollinger ADR Program
  • Listed, Super Lawyers (2009, 2012 – 2016)
KU Scandal Tests Game Plan For Dodging Coach Payouts, Law 360, April 24, 2020

NBA Backs Free Speech But Likely To Tiptoe With ChinaLaw 360, October 10, 2019

Glen A. Rothstein Interview: Antonio Brown Thomson Reuters Podcast 9.20.19

“Bones” TV Show Litigation Settlement Amount UndisclosedLos Angeles Daily Journal, September 12, 2019

NCAA Keeps Ball In Its Court With Review Of Publicity RightsLaw360May 20, 2019

Weinstein Can’t Escape “Amityville” Failed Sequel LawsuitLos Angeles Daily JournalOctober 5, 2018

 “Comic-Con” Trademark Infringer Must Pay $4M In FeesLos Angeles Daily JournalAugust 27, 2018

Black Producer Says Racism Prompted Weinstein Deal OusterLos Angeles Daily JournalJuly 5, 2018

 Law Against Sports Betting Stricken,  Los Angeles Daily JournalMay 15, 2018

 9th Circuit Splits Decision In Shoe Trademark Infringement LawsuitLos Angeles Daily JournalMay 11, 2018

MLB Fights Players’ Class Certification On OvertimeLos Angeles Daily Journal, May 7, 2018

Thiel Agrees Not To Fund Any More Gawker SuitsLos Angeles Daily Journal, April 26, 2018

9th Circuit Considers Copyright Case Against ActressLos Angeles Daily Journal, April 16, 2018

Inclusion riders: Cause of the day or here to stay?, Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 5, 2018

Producer Loses Counsel In Weinstein CompanyLos Angeles Daily Journal, April 3, 2018

College Hoops Coach Firing Trend Raises Contract ConcernsLaw360, March 30, 2018

“Super Size Me” Star Hit With Contract Breach SuitLos Angeles Daily Journal, March 29, 2018

Defendants Seek Sanctions In San Diego “Comic-Con” BattleLos Angeles Daily Journal, March 12, 2018

Would ‘Inclusion Riders’ Work? That Depends, Attorneys SayLos Angeles Daily Journal, March 6, 2018

Comcast’s Deal To Buy Sky May Affect Disney-Fox $67B AcquisitionLos Angeles Daily Journal, February 28, 2018

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business acumen, determination and work ethic

“It has been a joy establishing a friendship and business relationship with Glen over the last few years. We share common core values such as family, teamwork, and philanthropy.  His natural business acumen, determination, creativity and work ethic are an inspiration. I, along with Warren Moon (President and Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing) and the rest of the Sports 1 Marketing family, congratulate Glen on establishing Rothstein Law, APC. We look forward to continuing to grow our successful business relationship with Glen as well as jointly promote and foster meaningful social change and philanthropic work to make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun™.”

David Meltzer
CEO and Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing, former CEO of Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment
Variety Sports Humanitarian of The Year, Forbes & Entrepreneur Top 10 Keynote Speaker

my go to lawyer

“Glen is my go to lawyer. Period. I value his advice as, unlike most, he’s not a one trick pony and evaluates all issues from both a business and legal angle, while consistently offering great solutions. On the litigation front, Glen undeniably controls the agenda at all times. He inspires confidence by always thinking one step ahead and sharing his game plan in a non-legalese, collaborative way. His aggressive but measured approach and aptitude to remain calm under pressure is how he was able to get past unforeseen obstacles at trial and achieve a great result. I congratulate him on Rothstein Law, APC and his undoubted future success.”

Sasha Grey
Actress, Writer and DJ

inspires strong and immediate client confidence

“Glen has consistently achieved exceptional litigation results for countless clients for years in a wide range of matters, often at an early stage in the legal proceedings, in a cost effective and pragmatic, business first-oriented manner. Glen’s communication and listening skills inspire strong and immediate client confidence.”

Steve Monas
Entertainment Lawyer, Business Affairs, Inc.


“In the non-entertainment legal community, Rothstein is well-respected by his clients for his skill and generosity. Glen’s commitment to and support for AltaMed for many years, both personally and professionally has been great.  AltaMed looks forward to continue working with Glen and Rothstein Law, APC in the future.”

Henry A. Holguin
General Counsel for AltaMed Health Services Corp.

Big Time

“Rothstein. Two words. Big Time. I am never surprised by his quiet generosity, whether it be at our annual Foundation Gala or seasonal informal Monday Night Football Events. Glen is a valued friend and business connector and Rothstein Law is undoubtedly destined for tremendous success.”

Dana Pump
Founder of DoublePump basketball
CEO/Founder of The Harold & Carole Pump Foundation dedicated to the fight against and cure for cancer