Blau Keane Law Group, P.C. provides superior transactional and litigation legal counsel to institutional and individual clients in the insurance, construction, and entertainment industries. The unique combination of the firm's moderate size coupled with the attorneys' diverse experience and depth of resources affords clients exceptional representation, exemplary work product, and consistent responsiveness to each client's specific needs. Our goal is to provide the information, guidance and perspective necessary for the client to make the sometimes difficult decisions necessary to achieve their short and long term objectives. We place the utmost emphasis on providing clients with sound and practical advice, attention to detail, and an unmatched level of service, while doing so in a cost effective manner.
128 Center Street
El Segundo, California 90245
Tel (310) 410-1900
Fax (310) 410-1901
Areas of Practice
Blau Keane Law Group, P.C. provides timely and succinct coverage opinions to primary and excess insurance carriers and, when necessary, litigates declaratory relief, contribution and other coverage actions in various state and federal venues. Our firm has obtained favorable results in connection with equitable contribution and bad faith suits in several of the California, Arizona and Nevada federal and state courts, and has successfully negotiated resolution of countless coverage disputes to avoid otherwise protracted and costly litigation.
The firm takes pride in its efficient coordination with carriers, risk managers, claims adjusting firms, and retained defense counsel to proactively address and resolve coverage, contribution, allocation and additional insured issues. However, we do not shy away from litigation when necessary or otherwise appropriate from an economic standpoint, to support a company's policy, or to defend a program-wide coverage issue. Too often policy terms and coverage limitations, conditions and exclusions so carefully drafted and adopted by carriers are ignored or de-emphasized, especially in the construction defect and intellectual property realm. Similarly, the scope of carriers’ indemnity and coverage obligations to named and additional insureds are often confused, and the law misunderstood, misapplied, or both. This is particularly problematic when the insureds are real estate developers and/or home builders, or when the policy at issue is a WRAP or OCIP (Owner Controlled Insurance Program), but in any event is not acceptable, regardless of how pervasive the practice may be. Our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable respecting the terms of the many different carriers' policies, the nuances of coverage law, the interplay between contractual and equitable obligations, and the nature and scope of carriers’ duties with regard to indemnity and defense.
bUSINESS, CORPORATE & EMPLOYMENT
The client's success is Blau Keane Law Group, P.C.'s mission. Our firm educates and provides advice to business owners and professionals with regard to a variety of tasks and issues related to corporate compliance, business formation, operation and development, risk avoidance, and employment law issues. We provide counsel to clients in connection with the formation and operation of their businesses, the drafting of inter-corporate documents, employment contracts, and agreements respecting the manufacture, sale, purchase, exploitation, marketing and distribution of products and services.
The firm strives to obviate the need for clients ever to have to participate in otherwise needless and costly litigation. Through the use of various measures, including the development, establishment and maintenance of appropriate employment-related practices, policies and procedures, and the preparation of related documents, such as non-competition, confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements, we ensure that business clients are well advised of, and well equipped to deal with, potential sources of liability.
Occasionally, an entity may need to seek enforcement of a contractual obligation, or defend claims brought against it. When allegations of wrongful conduct arise, we assist our clients in investigating and resolving the claims. Our firm regularly handles business and employment litigation matters in situations where no reasonable compromised resolution could otherwise be obtained.
ENTERTAINMENT & I.P.
Blau Keane Law Group, P.C.,serves as counsel to a variety of individuals and companies in the entertainment industry, and regularly handles matters involving intellectual property. Our clients include writers, directors, actors, composers, production companies, music producers, bands and solo performers, in connection with television projects, films, live performances, and other ventures.
Unlike many other attorneys that practice in this area, we handle both litigation and transactional matters, and importantly have a thorough understanding of the business considerations and day to day concerns of our clients. This insight, and our breadth of knowledge and experience, enables us to handle and manage deals and cases in the best interests of our clients and their overall business relationships, and to anticipate and be sensitive to issues and considerations that may impact our clients' rights and career paths.
The law governing intellectual property and entertainment-related properties is complex, and arises from a myriad of sources including federal, state, and international law. In addition, industry practice and standards, and the sometimes sensitive relationships between the various parties involved, must also be considered before negotiating or entering into any agreement. Often artists, production entities and their representatives are not keenly aware of all of the relevant practical, economic, legal, diplomatic, career and business-related considerations. For this reason, production companies, distributors, and all types of creative artists are well advised to seek legal counsel prior to commencing any project, entering into any agreement respecting the rendering of services, or signing any document granting the authority for others to use graphic art, music or any other intellectual property.
Our firm provides an array of services related to intellectual property, including registration and protection of trademarks and copyrights, negotiation and drafting of artist, employment, production, licensing and distribution agreements, litigation of issues related to ownership, usage and infringement, as well as insurance and coverage work specific to entertainment and IP matters.