David Nimmer

USA: California

Irell & Manella LLP
1800 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90067-4276

Tel: 310-203-7079

Email: dnimmer@irell.com
Web: www.irell.com

Widely recognized as a foremost expert in copyright law, Prof. Nimmer was named one of “The 25 Most Influential People in IP” by The American Lawyer. He has also been named the 2018 Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2013 Los Angeles Litigation Intellectual Property “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America and one of California’s “Top 10 Copyright Lawyers” by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal.

David Nimmer is of counsel to Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles, California. He also serves as Professor from Practice at UCLA School of Law and Distinguished Scholar at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. In 2000, he was elected to the American Law Institute.

Since 1985, Prof. Nimmer has authored and updated Nimmer on Copyright, the standard reference treatise in the field, first published in 1963 by his late father, Professor Melville B. Nimmer. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited Nimmer on Copyright on numerous occasions, as has every federal appellate court, countless district and state courts, as well as courts confronting copyright cases in countries across the globe.

Prof. Nimmer represents clients in the entertainment, publishing and high-technology fields. He has twice served as co-counsel representing clients before the U.S. Supreme Court. On the first occasion, a unanimous decision in favor of his client drew the boundaries between copyright and trademark protection. In the second, another unanimous decision in favor of his client set the stage to compensate all freelance journalists in the country for their past articles.

He gave congressional testimony at the invitation of the House Judiciary Committee in 2014; on behalf of the United States Telephone Association in 1997; and on behalf of the National Association of Broadcasters in 1992; he also delivered Parliamentary testimony on behalf of the Combined Newspaper and Magazine Copyright Committee of Australia in Sydney in 1993.

He received an A.B. with distinction and honors in 1977 from Stanford University and his J.D. in 1980 from Yale Law School, where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Prof. Nimmer also served as the Chairman on the Committee on Intellectual Properties Litigation for the American Bar Association from 1989-1992.

Irell & Manella LLP is a leading law firm in national and international transactions involving information technology, telecommunications, computing, media, biotechnology and other advanced technologies, and the protection of intellectual property including patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, service marks and trade dress. The firm has handled transactions of the highest importance in these areas for industry leaders and entrepreneurs throughout the world for more than 35 years.

More recently, Irell & Manella took an early leading role in the emergence of business transactions on the internet and has actively represented clients in a wide variety of internet-related technology and trade transactions involving intellectual property since 1994.

In short, Irell & Manella’s longstanding and unmatched expertise in intellectual property, technology and trade transactions makes the firm uniquely suited to assist clients in resolving the complex issues and problems that will arise as technology, communications, media and related industries continue to converge, and in achieving the maximum value from their business strategies.

Irell & Manella LLP was founded in 1941. From our two Southern California locations, we serve clients worldwide.

Our firm is known for its rigorous selection of lawyers. We insist on outstanding academic credentials, but we also place a premium on creativity, experience, and common sense. We are dedicated to creating a collegial environment in which lawyers at all stages of their careers can flourish and enjoy the practice of law.

By developing lawyers who combine specialized expertise with broad-based legal knowledge, and by training new lawyers to undertake significant responsibility early in their careers, we are able to achieve outstanding results without overstaffing. Our firm is big enough to handle the largest and most complex matters, but small enough to maintain excellence at every level.

“Of counsel David Nimmer is acclaimed as a “luminary” and an “excellent lawyer” who, peers say, “deserves all the recognition that he gets.” He is known for his expert counsel on complex copyright disputes.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017