Tiffany R. Caterina is a partner in the Litigation Group.
Her practice focuses on litigation matters and client counseling in entertainment, intellectual property, music, technology, video gaming, real estate, and other general business matters on behalf of artists, individual agents or managers, high-profile individuals, production and distribution companies, and interactive gaming companies. Ms. Caterina has handled all phases of complex business disputes, including litigating disputes regarding talent services, production, distribution, licensing, and output agreements, as well as copyright and trademark cases. She also has extensive experience litigating disputes regarding breach of fiduciary duties, commissions, and “client poaching.” Ms. Caterina also has represented both employees and employers in trade secret and non-compete matters, as well as labor and wage claims.
Her recent work includes obtaining an award for disgorgement of commissions paid by a comedian to his former talent agency; litigating to settlement a profit participation dispute on behalf of a director; and obtaining dismissal of a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a director and producer brought by a cast member injured on the set of a movie. Ms. Caterina regularly appears in state and federal courts across the country and before the California Labor Commission, the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, and various arbitration tribunals, including the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, ADR Services, and the Independent Film & Television Alliance. She is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms. Caterina is admitted to practice in California.
In recognition of Ms. Caterina’s expertise and impassioned advocacy, she has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" from 2018-2021.
awards & recognition
2022 Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch"
2018-2021 Super Lawyers "Rising Star"
Washington & Lee University School of Law (J.D.)
Davidson College (B.S.)
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
Frankfurt Kurnit’s Virtual Sixth Annual Advertising Law Summit
We will fill your screen with thought leaders from the FTC, NAD, SAG-AFTRA and our own ranks to tackle the most challenging legal and business issues facing advertisers today. Read more.
June 24 2021
Force Majeure & COVID-19
Tiffany Caterina presents “Force Majeure & COVID-19” for The Rossdale Group.
November 12 2020
Understanding Force Majeure: Breach in a Time of Coronavirus
Join litigators from the Frankfurt Kurnit Los Angeles and New York offices for a webinar that will walk through specific “case studies” in which courts have addressed issues such as: what happens when a contract does not have specific force majeure language, how to determine if a specific event triggers a force majeure clause, whether the event prevented or impeded performance, and whether reasonable steps were taken to avoid or mitigate the effects of the event. Read more.
April 3 2020
The ABCs of Independent Contractors in California and New York
You are invited to join attorneys from Frankfurt Kurnit's Employment Compliance, Training & Litigation Group for a roundtable discussion and workshop that will address the classification of independent contractors and employees under rapidly changing California and New York law. Read more.
November 20 2019
“A Tale of Two Cities: Employment Law Compliance in New York City and Los Angeles” in LA
June 6 2019
“A Tale of Two Cities: Employment Law Compliance in New York City and Los Angeles” in NYC
May 22 2019
Discover Entertainment Law
Tiffany Caterina presents “Discover Entertainment Law” during a moderated discussion at the University of Southern California for USC's Society of Women in Law.
April 24 2019
news & press
The Best Lawyers in America 2022
We are pleased to report that Best Lawyers — the oldest and one of the most respected peer reviewed lawyer recommendation services — continues to recommend Frankfurt Kurnit. Read more.
Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up the Firm Ranks
Law360 mentions Tiffany Caterina, Marcie Cleary, Daniel Goldberg, Sasha Levites, Tyler Maulsby, Julie Murray and Adam Osterweil’s promotion to partner. View Article
Four Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named to Southern California Super Lawyers List for 2021
The list includes: Super Lawyer Joseph R. Taylor. Tiffany Caterina, Daniel Goldberg and Scott Goldman are listed as “Rising Stars.”
New Southern California “Stay at Home” Order: What You Need to Know
On December 6, 2020, the California Department of Public Health placed the Southern California Region -- which includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Diego Counties -- under a Regional Stay at Home Order as a result of ICU capacity in the region dropping below 15%. Read more.
Uncompensated COVID-19 Safety Protocols Prompt Class Action Wage and Hour Claim
Many employers have implemented COVID-19 safety protocols for their employees based upon various government regulations, orders, and guidance as well as genuine concern for the health and well-being of the employees. But, do those employers have an obligation to compensate their employees for time spent going through the employer’s required COVID-19 safety protocols? One California employer is finding out the hard way. Read more.
California Business Interruption Coverage Plaintiff Seeks Expedited Supreme Court Review
The Inns by the Sea, which operates hotels in California, is hoping to fast track its appeal of a state judge's August ruling dismissing its suit against California Mutual Insurance Co., by bypassing a midlevel appellate court and seeking immediate review by the Supreme Court of California. The case involves an issue of "great public importance" that is coming up in thousands of similar coverage disputes. Read more.
Los Angeles Superior Court Delays Resumption of Most Civil Jury Trials Due to COVID-19
On October 9, 2020, still grappling with the effects of COVID-19, the Los Angeles Superior Court further delayed the resumption of most civil jury trials until 2021. Read more.
Four COVID-19 Litigation Trends That Are Affecting Businesses and Individuals
It has been six months since the initial wave of government mandated “stay-at-home” orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we have seen at least four important litigation trends emerge. Here’s a rundown of these trends and how they are affecting businesses and individuals. Read more.
Take Five Steps to Ensure Better Remote Mediations
The current COVID-19 crisis has forced businesses and their counsel to undertake remote mediations. The cost savings, convenience, and expedited scheduling associated with remote mediations guarantee that they will continue in the future, including well after COVID-19 abates. Here are five steps all clients and practitioners can take to help optimize their mediations. Read more.
Are You Liable When Employees or Customers Contract COVID-19?
With businesses continuing to reopen, one critical concern is the potential for liability if individuals become severely ill or die from a COVID-19 infection after frequenting the business. Personal injury and wrongful death claims based on COVID-19 are already being filed against businesses across the country. Read more.
Frankfurt Kurnit Elects Seven New Partners
Frankfurt Kurnit has elected as partners Tiffany R. Caterina, Marcie Cleary, Daniel M. Goldberg, Sasha H. Levites, Tyler Maulsby, Julie Murray, and Adam J. Osterweil. The promotions take effect January 1, 2021. Read more.
COVID-19 Surge Postpones or Delays Los Angeles Civil Jury Trials
Here’s an update on how the pandemic is affecting jury trials in Los Angeles federal and state courts. Read more.
California Employees Who Refuse to Return to Work Risk Loss of Unemployment Benefits
Here’s some news for California employers and employees wrestling with the question of how to return to work. Read more.
Los Angeles County Authorizes Television, Film, and Music Production Resume on June 12, 2020 With Strict Regulations
On June 11, Los Angeles County approved a staged resumption of film and TV production beginning June 12, 2020. However, it comes with extensive regulations. Read more.
California Will Permit Television, Film, and Music Production to Resume on June 12, 2020 Subject to County Public Health Approvals
As several production-heavy states announce the easing of stay-at-home orders and restrictions, the question of how to restart entertainment production in a safe manner has become paramount. Read more.
California Sues Uber and Lyft for Worker Misclassification
This week, more shots were fired in the ongoing war over AB5. On May 5, 2020, California’s Attorney General and city attorneys for Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco sued Uber and Lyft for misclassification of hundreds of thousands of California workers. Read more.
Force Majeure: Court Will Decide Whether COVID-19 Excused Developer’s Failure to Close
COVID-19 has disrupted business operations and contracts across industries on an unprecedented scale. Some individuals and companies are trying to avoid or delay their contractual obligations by invoking previously overlooked force majeure provisions. Others are aiming to enforce their contracts after receiving force majeure notices. We expect a new wave of litigation. Last month, one of the first force majeure case arising out of COVID-19 was filed in California: Pacific Collective LLC v. ExxonMobil Oil Corp. Read more.
Three Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named to Southern California Super Lawyers List for 2020
The list includes: "Super Lawyer" Joseph R. Taylor. Tiffany Caterina and Daniel Goldberg are listed as “Rising Stars.” Read more.
California Employment Law Changes You Need to Know
A raft of legislative changes affect hiring practices, employment agreements, employee classification, training, and more. Here’s a handy summary. Read more.
Thirty-three Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2018
Super Lawyers magazine lists thirty-three Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2018 edition. Read more.