Azita Iskandar is an associate in the Litigation Group at Frankfurt Kurnit.
Ms. Iskandar is an entertainment litigator focusing on intellectual property, first amendment, right of publicity, contract disputes, labor and employment issues in the film industry, and film clearance. Ms. Iskandar’s recent representative cases include:
- defending the author and book publisher of an acclaimed children’s book against copyright claims;
- representing a beverage company in a trademark dispute over misuse of its famous and distinctive trade dress;
- obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement for a television personality whose name and likeness were misappropriated and used in a print advertisement;
- defending a comedian against baseless defamation claims stemming from statements he made in his comedic memoir;
- defending a high-end department store against claims that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA);
- representing the interests of filmmakers defrauded by their own line producer;
- defending an advertising agency in a copyright dispute over music that it used in a national advertising campaign; and
- representing an actress whose likeness was used in a music video without her consent.
Ms. Iskandar provides special expertise in entertainment matters involving child actors. She handles court ratification of child actor contracts in California, and advises on applicable child labor laws, entertainment permits for minors, the use of Coogan Trusts, and on-set education requirements.
Ms. Iskandar has served as the Chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Intellectual Property, Internet, and New Media Section, and is on the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Section. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel (AMEC) Emerging Leaders Advisory Board, and has served on the Syllabus Committee of the USC Institute for Entertainment Law and Business for the last four years. Ms. Iskandar is also a member of the Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA) and a founding member of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers (CSEL), for which she recently worked on an amicus curiae brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the test for substantial similarity in copyright infringement cases.
Ms. Iskandar is admitted to practice in California.
awards & recognition
"Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine (2011-2018)
University of Southern California (BA, BS, USC Trustee Scholar, Fine Art and Biology)
University of Southern California (JD)
- Senior Articles Editor of the USC Review of Law and Social Justice
- Judicial extern to the Honorable Zaven Sinanian
- Member of USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project Clinic and Public Interest Law Foundation
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
news & press
Thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2018
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2018 edition.
Does Your Rule 12 Motion Based On Fair Use Have A Chance?
Law360 published Amelia Brankov and Azita Iskandar’s article, “Does Your Rule 12 Motion Based On Fair Use Have A Chance?” The article reviews recent fair use decisions in arts and entertainment disputes.
Citing Fair Use, Judge Won’t Block Scholastic Book Launch
Law360 covered our win for Scholastic and Allen Say in a decision allowing Scholastic to move forward with the release of the book ‘Silent Days, Silent Dreams’. Jeremy S. Goldman and Azita Iskandar were mentioned as counsel for Scholastic and Say. (Article behind paywall)
Thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2016
Super Lawyers listed thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2016 edition.