Marina V. Bogorad
Marina V. Bogorad graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles Law School in 2001. Ms. Bogorad graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Russian Studies in 1998.
Ms. Bogorad spent the first twelve years of her career at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. She has a wide-ranging practice concentrating in complex commercial litigation and international arbitration. Ms. Bogorad has represented clients in U.S. trial and appellate courts on both federal and state level, as well as before the International Chamber of Commerce. Her representations include a number of high-profile disputes, such as:
Two songwriters of the 2001 hit song “Playas Gon’ Play,” which Billboard named among its 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time, against Ms. Taylor Swift and Co. in a copyright infringement action resulting in a major appellate victory that Cosmopolitan termed “a seriously unexpected move” in Hall v. Swift, 782 F. App’x 639 (9th Cir. Oct. 28, 2019), wherein the Ninth Circuit reversed a dismissal on the pleadings below;
- Roman Abramovich, the former Governor of the Chukotka region in Russia and the current owner of the Chelsea FC soccer team, in a multibillion-dollar London-based litigation, Berezovsky vs. Abramovich, the largest private commercial dispute ever brought in an English court, wherein Ms. Bogorad acted as part of the team named Legal Business' Litigation Team of the Year in February 2013;
- MGA Entertainment, Inc., as a member of the briefing team, in the highly publicized multibillion-dollar “battle of the dolls” trial against the Barbie-doll manufacturer, Mattel, Inc., over the rights to the “Bratz” doll franchise, including summary judgment briefing and various trial briefing throughout the 13-weeks trial;
- Private business owners in an anti-SLAPP dispute resulting in appellate victory in Abuemeira v. Stephens, 246 Cal. App. 4th 1291 (2016);
- A foreign investor in a failed movie production resulting in appellate victory in Harra v. Fontana, No. B284018 (Cal. Ct. App. 2d Dist. Oct. 19, 2018);
- A legal recruiter in his breach of contract action against Manatt Phelps resulting in appellate victory in Gregg Ziskind & Assocs., Inc. v. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, No. B287922 (Cal. Ct. App. 2d Dist. Sept. 28, 2018);
- Investors in a failed real estate venture resulting in partial appellate victory in Cohen v. TNP 2008 Participating Notes Program, LLC, 31 Cal. App. 5th 840 (2019);
- Owners of the L.A. Sparks in a shareholder dispute, including briefing in writ proceedings and on several appeals in Gemini Basketball Holdings, LLC v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County et al., Case No. B250536 (Cal. Ct. App. 2d Dist.), Gemini Basketball Holdings, LLC v. Samotny et al., Case No. B249451 (Cal. Ct. App. 2d Dist.), and Gemini Basketball Holdings Inc. v. Madison, Case No. B252191 (Cal. Ct. App. 2d Dist.);
- Internet marketing company in several rounds of consumer-fraud litigations, including prevailing on several dispositive motions at the pleadings stage, briefing for JPML motions, summary judgment motion, and class certification motion, as well as assistance in briefing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Sanford v. MemberWorks, Inc., Case No. 09–55502 (2009);
- URS Corporation, a major U.S. engineering firm, in its construction dispute with the Lebanese government in arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce and the parallel U.S. litigation challenging arbitral jurisdiction, including development of complex arbitral briefs involving extensive international research and expert testimony in conjunction with the world’s most-renowned experts on arbitral jurisdiction, as well as briefing and record development for the U.S.-based jurisdictional proceedings;
- Several major U.S. and foreign financial institutions in the WorldCom litigation, one of the largest securities litigations in U.S. history, including effectuating JPML centralization of multiple state court actions filed in more than several dozen states under sparsely used bankruptcy code provision and handling most of law and motion practice, such as motions to dismiss, motions to stay pending transfer to the JPML and oppositions to motions to remand;
- KFC Corporation in Proposition 65 litigation, including prevailing on a dispositive motion at the pleadings stage for one of the actions, as well as briefing for summary judgment motion, supervising all aspects of electronic discovery and handling coordination and joint-strategy development with coalition of other fast-food chains (including McDonald’s, Wendy’s and others);
- Owners of MySpace.com in a shareholder dispute, including handling successful dispositive motion on the pleadings.
Ms. Bogorad is fluent in Russian.