Jason D. Russell

Partner, Complex Litigation & Trials, Antitrust/Competition, Sports at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Jason D. Russell

Jason D. Russell

Partner, Complex Litigation & Trials, Antitrust/Competition, Sports at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Biography

Jason Russell is head of Skadden’s Los Angeles office, representing a wide variety of clients in commercial litigation disputes in federal and state courts throughout the country as well as in international forums.

Mr. Russell has earned a reputation as an adept litigator with particular experience litigating some of the most high-profile cases in the sports and entertainment field, as well as complex class actions.

Mr. Russell has extensive experience in and takes an innovative approach to all aspects of complex litigation matters, ranging from jury trials and appellate arguments to mediation and arbitration. Among other accolades, the Los Angeles Business Journal named him to the 2020 edition of its LA500, recognizing the most influential people in Los Angeles, and as a Top Litigator and Trial Lawyer in Los Angeles in 2019. He also was named by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Under 40 lawyers in the state of California and receiving the prestigious California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) award bestowed by the California Lawyer for “extraordinary achievements” in litigation. He repeatedly has been named as one of Who’s Who Legal’s Top Sports and Entertainment Lawyers, has been named as a Rising Star by Lawdragon and included in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Russell’s representations include a diverse number of high-profile disputes, including, among others:

* Credit Acceptance Corporation in obtaining summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on antitrust claims by Westlake Services, LLC seeking approximately $1 billion in damages arising from the allegedly fraudulent acquisition of a patent that Westlake claimed precluded it from competing in the indirect auto lending market. The Daily Journal named the decision one of the Top Verdicts of 2017.
* Boardriders, Inc., Oaktree Capital Group, LLC and Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in obtaining complete dismissal of trademark, antitrust and unfair competition claims seeking $1 billion in damages, all profits since 2016 and injunctive relief.
* Christie’s, Inc., as lead counsel, in obtaining the dismissal of a putative nationwide class action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, by convincing the court to hold that the California Resale Royalties Act (CRRA) was unconstitutional. The CRRA previously had withstood several legal challenges until it was struck down in this case. The dismissal was affirmed by an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit.
* Priceline.com in obtaining the 2017 reversal in the Fifth Circuit of an $84 million judgment for occupancy taxes allegedly owed for facilitating the renting of hotel rooms in 175 Texas municipalities. The court reversed and vacated the judgment, adopting all of Priceline’s arguments that an online travel company could not be liable for hotel occupancy taxes.
* The National Basketball Association in connection with its imposition of discipline against former owner Donald Sterling and in defending the NBA against claims brought by Mr. Sterling.
* MGA Entertainment, Inc., as a member of the trial and appellate team, in its highly publicized multibillion-dollar “battle of the dolls” trial against Mattel, Inc. over the rights to the “Bratz” doll franchise. The Daily Journal called the case one of California’s “hardest-fought and highest-stakes intellectual property trials in recent memory.” The Ninth Circuit’s decision to vacate a jury verdict in Mattel’s favor was named one of the Top Five Appellate Reversals of 2010 in California by the Daily Journal. On retrial, the jury rejected all of Mattel’s claims and awarded MGA $85 million in damages for theft of its own trade secrets, to which the judge added $85 million in punitive damages. The District Court also granted MGA one of the largest attorneys’ fees awards ever awarded under the Copyright Act.
* Red Bull North America and its corporate parent in the defense of multiple putative class actions across the country and in responding to congressional investigations into the energy drink industry.
* Estée Lauder, as lead counsel, in obtaining the dismissal of a series of national and California class actions relating to the marketing and packaging statements on cosmetics products that alleged violations of California consumer protection and unfair practices laws.
* Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. as lead counsel in defense of $360 million in claims by the litigation trustee for Core Media, Inc.
* Head USA, Inc. in its successful defense of claims by Bode Miller and Bomber, LLC seeking to invalidate Head’s sponsorship agreements with high-profile athletes. The court granted Head’s motion to dismiss all of plaintiffs’ claims.
* MGA Entertainment, Inc., as lead trial and appellate counsel replacing MGA’s initial counsel, in defense of a copyright claim in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York relating to the Bratz doll franchise, in which an artist claimed damages in excess of $100 million. He obtained summary judgment for the client, which was affirmed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
* The underwriters of more than $15 billion of WorldCom, Inc. debt securities in more than 100 individual and class shareholder actions throughout the United States, in what was then the largest securities case ever filed. A precedent-setting victory was obtained in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on behalf of the underwriting syndicate on an issue of first impression at the intersection of bankruptcy and securities laws.
* The National Football League in its defense of a $1 billion civil action brought by the Oakland Raiders, which resulted in a defense verdict for the NFL on all claims.
* Home Box Office in successful defense of a bet-the-company challenge to on-location filming of HBO’s flagship original series “Entourage.” Skadden defeated motions for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction before obtaining the dismissal of the claims on the merits.
* True Religion Apparel, as lead counsel, in defense of a putative nationwide class action challenging the labeling and advertising of the client’s apparel. Mr. Russell negotiated a very favorable resolution of the action.
* BPL Films in successfully prosecuting claims under the Copyright Act to prevent the illegal sale and distribution of the movie titled “The Debtors,” in an action that Premiere magazine called “one of the wildest legal battles in Hollywood history.”
* The Stanley Works, as lead trial counsel, in its successful defense at trial of claims brought by a commercial supplier in a multimillion-dollar action.

Mr. Russell is actively involved in Skadden’s pro bono efforts, supervising junior associates.

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Partner, Complex Litigation & Trials, Antitrust/Competition, Sports at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Education
J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Class of 1993

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1990

In 1887, the year a group of knowledge-thirsty Presbyterians founded "The Occidental University of Los Angeles, California," a Kansas prohibitionist named Harvey Wilcox purchased a ranch just west of the city, naming it Hollywood. Tuition in 1888, the year Oxy opened its doors, was $50. The new college wasn't exactly swamped with applicants: 40 students enrolled that fall. Southern California's oldest football rivalry? Not UCLA-USC. Oxy and Pomona first squared off in 1895 -- preceding those other guys by more than 30 years. Student body president Clarence Spaulding became Oxy's first Rhodes Scholar in 1908. Today, Oxy still has more Rhodes Scholars (10) than USC (9). Big changes came to campus in 1926: freshmen were required to live on campus for the first time, and the Oxy basketball team had to adjust to playing indoors after Alumni Gymnasium was built. Sammy Lee '43's first gold medal in diving at the 1948 London Games wasn't Oxy's first Olympic hardware: Tigers have won a total of seven medals. If Oxy were a country, we'd be tied with Israel and Tunisia. In 1992, with the nation's eyes on Los Angeles during the largest riots the country had seen since the '60s, Occidental was recognized on the front page of The Wall Street Journal for its forward-thinking stance on diversity. A knight who hits people with a chicken? A commanding officer of a naval base and the Girl Scouts? The James Dean of disability studies? There are some brilliant characters among our notable alumni.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The mission of the Los Angeles County Bar Association is to meet the professional needs of Los Angeles lawyers and advance the administration of justice.

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he Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1972 to develop a better forum for the discussion of business trials. This included an aggressive effort to promote communication between the bench and bar. The ABTL is unique in providing a forum in which litigators and judges meet together to address issues important to business trial lawyers. Judicial participation in ABTL programs and events is very strong, in part, because the ABTL includes all business litigators, including both plaintiff-focused and defense-focused practices. Today, the ABTL has five thriving chapters across California, including chapters in Northern California (2000 members), San Joaquin Valley (200 members), Los Angeles (1200 members), Orange County (725 members), and San Diego (765 members). Each chapter provides top quality legal education programs in an atmosphere where there can be a frank exchange between bench and bar and an opportunity for old colleagues to meet in a busy world where lunch is no longer the order of the day. In addition, the ABTL is known across the state for their unmatched Annual Seminars, featuring keynote speakers from the bar and the bench: United States Supreme Court, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and California Supreme Court.

Career History
Partner, Complex Litigation & Trials, Antitrust/Competition, Sports
Current

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP provides legal advisory services. The company's practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate finance, insurance, tax, labor and employment, political law, private equity, corporate, antitrust, white collar crime, international, regulatory, and legislation. Its customers include corporate, industrial, and financial sectors. The company was founded by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps in April 1948 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Clerk
1993 - 1994

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (in case citations, 2d Cir.) is one of the thirteen United States Courts of Appeals. Its territory comprises the states of Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, and the court has appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts: District of Connecticut, Eastern District of New York, Northern District of New York, Southern District of New York, Western District of New York, District of Vermont.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP provides legal advisory services. The company's practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate finance, insurance, tax, labor and employment, political law, private equity, corporate, antitrust, white collar crime, international, regulatory, and legislation. Its customers include corporate, industrial, and financial sectors. The company was founded by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps in April 1948 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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2012 - Current

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, Inc. provides reproductive health care for men, women, and teen's medical care. It helps to prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing & treatment and screen for cervical, other cancers, caring physicians and nurse practitioners. The company was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

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For more than 30 years, Facing History and itself has believed that education is the key to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy.The firm works with educators throughout their careers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, as well as their students' academic performance and civic learning. Through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.Facing History's impact in supporting teachers' effectiveness and promoting students' academic development and civic learning has been demonstrated in more than one hundred studies by independent researchers and Facing History evaluators.Since it was founded in 1976 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Facing History and itself has grown from an innovative course taught in a single school district to an international organization with more than 150 staff members in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Memphis, New England, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Toronto, and partnerships in Northern Ireland, Israel, Rwanda, China and South Africa. These offices and partnerships, as well as projects throughout North America and around the world, support a network of more than 29,000 trained educators who reach nearly two million young people annually.

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$5,000 - $10K
2014

For more than 30 years, Facing History and itself has believed that education is the key to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy.The firm works with educators throughout their careers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, as well as their students' academic performance and civic learning. Through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.Facing History's impact in supporting teachers' effectiveness and promoting students' academic development and civic learning has been demonstrated in more than one hundred studies by independent researchers and Facing History evaluators.Since it was founded in 1976 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Facing History and itself has grown from an innovative course taught in a single school district to an international organization with more than 150 staff members in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Memphis, New England, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Toronto, and partnerships in Northern Ireland, Israel, Rwanda, China and South Africa. These offices and partnerships, as well as projects throughout North America and around the world, support a network of more than 29,000 trained educators who reach nearly two million young people annually.

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2012

For more than 30 years, Facing History and itself has believed that education is the key to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy.The firm works with educators throughout their careers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, as well as their students' academic performance and civic learning. Through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.Facing History's impact in supporting teachers' effectiveness and promoting students' academic development and civic learning has been demonstrated in more than one hundred studies by independent researchers and Facing History evaluators.Since it was founded in 1976 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Facing History and itself has grown from an innovative course taught in a single school district to an international organization with more than 150 staff members in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Memphis, New England, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Toronto, and partnerships in Northern Ireland, Israel, Rwanda, China and South Africa. These offices and partnerships, as well as projects throughout North America and around the world, support a network of more than 29,000 trained educators who reach nearly two million young people annually.

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2011

For more than 30 years, Facing History and itself has believed that education is the key to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy.The firm works with educators throughout their careers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, as well as their students' academic performance and civic learning. Through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.Facing History's impact in supporting teachers' effectiveness and promoting students' academic development and civic learning has been demonstrated in more than one hundred studies by independent researchers and Facing History evaluators.Since it was founded in 1976 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Facing History and itself has grown from an innovative course taught in a single school district to an international organization with more than 150 staff members in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Memphis, New England, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Toronto, and partnerships in Northern Ireland, Israel, Rwanda, China and South Africa. These offices and partnerships, as well as projects throughout North America and around the world, support a network of more than 29,000 trained educators who reach nearly two million young people annually.

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Vice President at Office of the Vice President Under Joseph R. Biden

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2007
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2006
Awards & Honors
Admitted to the California Bar
Admitted to the New York Bar
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
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