Lois R. Fishman is founder of the Law Office of Lois R. Fishman, a transactional law practice in Los Angeles focusing on copyright, technology, e-commerce and trademark law. Previously, Ms. Fishman was a member for thirteen years of the corporate legal group of The Walt Disney Company, from which she retired as Assistant General Counsel. At Disney, Ms. Fishman worked with various businesses distributing film, television and ebooks and advised on acquisitions, joint ventures and special projects. Her work helped launch such innovative products as the first ABC programs on iTunes, the first Disney ebooks on Amazon, and the first digital movies made available for download outside the U.S. Her practice encompassed advice on copyright law and new technologies, communications law in the US and Canada, branding, and US and international IP and trade policy. Ms. Fishman also served as Disney’s liaison to the MPAA for many years on issues in communications, technology and copyright policy, and trained other Disney lawyers in best practices in contract drafting and digital distribution. Immediately before joining Disney, Ms. Fishman was in private practice with the boutique Neff Law Group LLP where she handled many international transactions for software and internet companies, consulted on antipiracy efforts in Latin America and on ratification of the WIPO copyright treaty, and counseled movie studios, independent filmmakers and authors on copyright and trademark issues. Earlier in her career as a litigation associate with Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman LLP of Beverly Hills, Ms. Fishman was involved in defending copyright and trademark claims on behalf of major movie studios. Ms. Fishman began her career at the Los Angeles office of Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, LLP where she handled an extensive trademark practice on behalf of clients in diverse industries.
During law school, Ms. Fishman interned at the FTC, Art Fraud Division, and clerked at the US Trademark Office. Before law school, Ms. Fishman worked in the cultural sector in Washington, D.C., as director of the Americas Film Festival, associate producer of film and radio documentaries, and author of travel books. Ms. Fishman was on the staff of the National Endowment for the Arts and also provided consulting services to the Federation of State Humanities Councils, Partners for Livable Communities, and Women Make Movies film festival, among others. Ms. Fishman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University (B.A., magna cum laude, honors with exceptional distinction in psychology) and holds a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Master of City Planning degree from the University of California, Berkeley where she was a Regents Fellow. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Inner City Law Center, a legal services organization in Los Angeles, and is active with MOSTe (Mentoring our Students through Experience), a Los Angeles-area organization serving middle and high school girls.