Cheryl Priest Ainsworth is a highly experienced litigator. She regularly handles business, entertainment, intellectual property, employment, and real estate disputes, among others. Her cases frequently involve issues with trademarks, copyrights, contracts (business and entertainment), royalties, trade secrets, fraud, defamation, and fiduciary duties.
Cheryl represents plaintiffs and defendants in diverse industries including film, music, professional sports, fashion, warehousing and manufacturing, commercial real estate, and technology. She has litigated high-profile matters against the recording artist Lil’ Wayne and the Michael Jackson Estate, and on behalf of clients including Ahmet Zappa, NFL Properties, Intel, Quincy Jones III, Debbie Rowe, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Costume Craze, and Soda Creative. She is an alum of several of the most prestigious law firms in the country, including Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where she worked on some of the largest cases pending in the nation.
In 2015, while still in private practice, she also served as a temporary Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney, trying criminal cases in East LA.
Every year since 2013, Los Angeles Magazine and Southern California Super Lawyers have named her a Rising Star in business litigation, as well as listed her among the best Women Lawyers in Southern California.
Cheryl graduated first in her class from the University of Florida College of Law, served as Senior Symposium Editor of the Florida Law Review, and was elected to Order of the Coif. She also attended graduate school at the top-rated University of Florida College of Journalism, where she served as a features reporter for radio station WRUF. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science, a subject about which she remains passionate and informed.
Her expertise includes: Entertainment commentary from a legal perspective, trials, business litigation, criminal trials, politics, and legal and political commentary.
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Martindale [February 22, 2006]
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