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Dale Nelson

Dale Nelson

Dale Nelson,

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P (310) 277-8394
F (310) 277-4870
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Dale joined the firm in 2019 as a clearance and intellectual property law specialist.  A skillful and experienced problem-solver and a passionate advocate for free speech, Dale works with independent filmmakers, documentarians, podcasters, and artists to help them tell their stories – and express their art – their way. Prior to joining the firm, Dale spent over 25 years as in-house counsel at Warner Bros., most recently as Vice President and Senior Intellectual Property Counsel.  At Warner Bros., she handled a wide variety of domestic and international intellectual property law and transactional matters across all business divisions of the company, providing advice and managing resolution on rights disputes, clearance, distribution, marketing, production, piracy, IP policy and legislative matters. The intellectual properties she managed included franchise properties such as Harry Potter and DC Comics, new feature and television series, and library classics.  Prior to joining Warner Bros., Dale was a litigator with Los Angeles based firm Lyon & Lyon, handling trademark, copyright and patent cases, and prosecuting trademarks and copyrights for a varied industry client base.  Dale has a particular expertise in international laws relating to copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, moral rights, free speech and fair use.  She is a frequent speaker, lecturer, and panelist on a wide range of media and intellectual property topics, and has lectured at numerous universities and law schools including Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Southwestern, Loyola, and the University of Barcelona. 

Notable projects include:

Milli Vanilli



Kokomo City

Another Body

Hunger Ward 

The Kids

The Lost Leonardo

Larry Flynt for President

The Rifleman

The Truffle Hunters


Never Rarely Sometimes Always 

Jimmy Carter, Rock ‘n Roll President


Arthur Jafa’s – The White Album

Dale was raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin and is a loyal Packer fan. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and was an extern to Justice Allen E. Broussard of the California Supreme Court. Her affiliations include AIPPI/AIPLA, of which she serves as Chair of AIPPI-US, Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Copyright; the Los Angeles Copyright Society; and the Copyright Society of the USA. Dale is also a long-time supporter of the Western Center on Law and Poverty, of which she is a former board member and current Endowment Board Member.  Dale raised her two sons in Los Angeles where she now resides with her dog, Joey.