Katie Townsend is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of its Media and Entertainment, Appellate and Constitutional Law, and Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments practice groups.
Ms. Townsend has played a substantial role in a broad range of trial and appellate matters, focusing primarily on media and entertainment, constitutional, and intellectual property litigation. Ms. Townsend has litigated a wide variety of cases on behalf of entertainment studios, television networks, and internet service providers, including disputes involving profit participation, spin-off and format rights, rights of publicity, and claims of trademark and copyright infringement. A former journalist, Ms. Townsend’s practice includes advising media and other clients with respect to First Amendment issues and media strategy. Ms. Townsend was listed in Law360’s “Rising Stars for 2014” in the field of Media and Entertainment.
Representative matters include securing a dismissal, with prejudice, in favor of Starbucks Corporation in a contractual dispute with singer-songwriter Carly Simon; and the successful representation of Dole Food Company, Inc. in a series of high-profile actions brought by foreign plaintiffs related to Dole’s use of the pesticide DBCP in the 1970s, including securing the dismissal, with prejudice, of all remaining claims by Nicaraguan plaintiffs pending in U.S. trial courts. Ms. Townsend earned her law degree in 2007 from the University of Virginia, where she was a member of the editorial board for the Virginia Law Review. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2004, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Ms. Townsend is a member of the California bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California.