January 30, 2017
"We are delighted to add Rami to our close-knit legal team of professionals," said Co-Managing Partner Burt Levitch. "Rami’s expertise and varied perspectives will prove to be a tremendous asset to the firm’s clients. Additionally, his talents and personality are a perfect fit for us."
Yanni will round out the firm’s entertainment and media group with his expertise in all aspects of intellectual property, brand and content licensing, protection and enforcement, consumer products, and IP-focused mergers and acquisitions.
"During my 24 years of law practice, I've been fortunate to have been both a provider and a consumer of legal services, which gives me additional insight into the unique challenges faced by in-house legal departments seeking to balance dynamic business demands and the need for quality legal counsel with finite legal budgets," Yanni said. "My business and legal affairs experience allows me to counsel clients on brand and content strategies, and to close deals quickly and efficiently."
During his career, Yanni has negotiated hundreds of license, distribution, purchase and sale agreements for clients from a wide range of industries, including motion picture, television, music, apparel, footwear, cosmetics, luxury goods, e-commerce, consumer electronics, food and beverage, software, video game, publishing, toys, theme park and sporting goods, and has represented major motion picture studios and television networks in copyright and trademark matters.
Yanni has served in different roles throughout his career. He was an intellectual property Partner at McDermott Will & Emery, he chaired the Trademark Practice Group at Greenberg Glusker, and also served as Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs for Saban Brands LLC, an entertainment studio, brand licensing company and home of the world-famous POWER RANGERS franchise, where he was responsible for transactional, intellectual property, licensing, distribution, enforcement, litigation, regulatory and compliance matters.
Yanni actively works with and supports non-profit organizations, including sitting on the Board of Project Mexico & St. Innocent Orphanage, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that builds homes for the poor and houses orphaned boys in Mexico. As an Adjunct Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, Yanni teaches an International Intellectual Property course in Spain in affiliation with the University of Barcelona. With this background and being proficient in Spanish, Yanni brings an international perspective to all of his personal and professional dealings.
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