Katz named attorney of the year

California Lawyer chose based on Disney suits

Marty Katz of the Century City law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has been named California Lawyer magazine’s entertainment law attorney of the year.

The magazine cited several high-profile cases Katz litigated during 2007 as reason for the award. Katz won two big cases for Disney — a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirming a lower court ruling that certain paintings allegedly shown to Disney 45 years ago did not bear a striking resemblance to the Epcot theme park; and a summary judgment against claims that “Sweet Home Alabama” infringed on a previously submitted script. Katz won a judgment for Columbia Pictures that denied actor Robert Wagner a share of the ancillary and subsidiary rights to the “Charlie’s Angels” movies.

The kudo, along with attorney of the year recognition for other legal categories, is featured in the March issue of California Lawyer.