Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Marty Katz is a partner based in the firm's Century City office. He is also Team Leader of the firm's Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Industry Team, with oversight responsibility for entertainment litigation.
Marty's entertainment background includes representation of studios, independent producers, post-production facilities and broadcasting companies in connection with various types of claims, including those relating to motion picture and television distribution rights, participation accounting, copyright and idea submission, motion picture and television distribution rights, music rights, interactive rights and gaming licenses, disputes with talent, executive compensation disputes, employee misconduct, vertical integration, wrongful death and a host of insurance coverage issues unique to the entertainment industry. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the CLAY Award for California Lawyer's Attorney of the Year (2008), Entertainment.
Marty's insurance coverage background includes the handling of complex coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders concerning mass tort claims; product liability claims; environmental liabilities; construction defect claims; earthquake, natural disaster and other catastrophic losses; fidelity losses and other employment-related claims; aviation and aerospace claims; and insurance company bad faith, as well as risk management consulting for policyholders. He has extensive experience in connection with insurance placed in the London Market and has served on Creditors Committees for various insolvent London Market companies.
Marty also has been involved in the evaluation and adjustment of attorneys fees, in various contexts, including litigation over what constitutes reasonable and necessary fees.