John D. Fowler

Partner

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Biography

John is a Founding Partner of Kibler Fowler & Cave LLP. He specializes in complex business, intellectual property, media, entertainment, cannabis, privacy, reputation and brand protection litigation in federal and state courts, and arbitrations. John handles a variety of litigation matters including disputes involving copyright, trademark, idea theft, anti-SLAPP, right of publicity, Talent Agencies Act, management and agent commissions, and other disputes in music, film and television. John has achieved noteworthy results for a variety of significant clients. His cases and trial victories have been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline, Forbes, Gizmodo and numerous other publications. John regularly advises clients on their disputes in the cryptocurrency, NFT and DeFi realms with an expansive practice toeing the line between Hollywood, Crypto, Cannabis and Business. He has represented individuals, businesses, artists, production companies, and major corporate entities as both plaintiffs and defendants.

John's recent representative matters include:

  • Securing a landmark $1.9 million jury verdict on behalf of his client, Los Angeles-based film producer Kevin Shulman, in a case involving producer credit. The case was the subject of an article in The Hollywood Reporter, which noted that the verdict was significant because producer credit-related disputes often arise in Hollywood, but are typically privately resolved or never litigated. The verdict establishes a valuation model for a denied producer credit that should inform how those credits are valued in future disputes.
  • Successfully moving for summary judgment in a lawsuit in California Superior Court that alleged multiple causes of action, including recission, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud relating to a cannabis business. After substantial discovery, including responding to 700 individual discovery requests, multiple motions to compel, and 18 depositions, John and his team won a complete victory on all causes of action against all 20 defendants, eliminating the need for a costly, month-long trial. The Firm also secured a $785,057.32 attorney fee and costs award in the case against the plaintiffs.
  • Prevailing at arbitration over a sports agent commission dispute resulting in an award of the full commission to John’s client, and associated litigation costs.
  • Securing a $750,000 bench trial verdict in a Los Angeles Superior Court trial over a film financing dispute. John represented an actor, writer, and producer against his former business partner in a single cross-claim for breach of implied contractual indemnity.
  • Obtaining a dismissal without leave to amend on a combined 12(b)(1) and 12(b)(6) motion of a copyright infringement case (which involved predecessor lawsuits and two federal cases) against John’s client, the prestigious Berlin-based teaching hospital The Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
  • Defending a biotech company in a lawsuit brought in federal court in California by a major ophthalmologic surgical equipment and dry eye care company related to alleged breaches of a licensing agreement for ophthalmologic solution.
  • Representing a major optical displays manufacturer in a lawsuit against a customer relating to cancelled LED lighting orders.

John is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and earned his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. While at Loyola, he served as the General Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal, and as a member of Loyola Law School’s Scott Moot Court Honors Board (winning the Scott Moot Court competition, competing in the National Moot Court Competition, and serving as an Appellate Advocacy teaching assistant). Following Loyola, John practiced entertainment, media and general business litigation with Johnson & Johnson LLP and Carlsmith Ball LLP.

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Education

    Loyola Law School, J.D.
  • General Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal
  • Loyola Law School’s Scott Moot Court Honors Board
  • The Hobbs Practicum – A highly specialized trial advocacy program for which students must apply which consists of one semester of training, and another semester at the District Attorney’s office working as a certified law student handling trials and motion practice. John was the lead attorney on 8 bench trials to verdict, and argued several motions involving evidentiary issues prior to graduating.
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

MCLE Events/Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist - Loyola Law School Career Services "If I Knew Then" panel, via Zoom, August 12, 2020
  • Panelist - Loyola Marymount University Business Law Society "From Law School to Lawyer" at Loyola Marymount University, March 27, 2019
  • Panelist - Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) "Annual Professionals Panel" at Loyola Law School, November 2, 2016
  • Panelist - IPLS panel re "Careers in IP" at Loyola Law School, March 16, 2016
  • Program Chair - Los Angeles County Bar Barristers "Non-Traditional Ethical Considerations For The Attorney In The Internet Age," MCLE event, 2014
  • Panelist - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and Loyola Entertainment & Sports Law Society lunchtime discussion panel re Entertainment Litigation, Loyola Law School, November 14, 2013
  • Moderator/Program Chair - Los Angeles County Bar Barristers "New Attorney Litigation Survival Guide - Getting a Litigation Job and Doing it Well" MCLE event, May 4, 2013
  • Panelist - "I'm Not a Lawyer, But I Play One On TV: When Actors Need Legal Counsel" (Event for the Screen Actor's Guild Foundation, October 23, 2012)
  • Moderator - Los Angeles County Bar Barristers "Nuts and Bolts of Litigation" MCLE event, April 13, 2012

Publications

  • Co-Author, “California Proposition 65 Warning for Water Pipes Used to Smoke Marijuana: The Court of Appeal Says No” (KF&C California Law Blog, November 18, 2022)
  • Author, "Practical Considerations in Starting a Solo Law Practice," Los Angeles Lawyer (a publication of the Los Angeles County Bar), December 2016
  • Co-Author, Chapter, Neville Johnson and John Fowler, Litigation: How to Draft Defensively Without Killing the Deal in Licensing of Music from BC to AD (Before the Change/After Digital), International Association of Entertainment Lawyers annual journal (2014)
  • Author, "Guidelines For a Successful Lateral Job Search," Los Angeles Lawyer, November 2014

Awards

  • 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Super Lawyers - Rising Star, a designation reserved for the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40

Experience

  • Carlsmith Ball LLP
  • Johnson & Johnson LLP

Affiliations

    Loyola Law School
  • Board of Governors (2017-2020)
  • Juris Society (2014-present)
  • Alumni Advisory Group (2011-14)
  • Alumni Mentor Program (2011-present)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member (2011-2019)
  • Litigation Section Member (2013-2019)
  • Litigation Section Executive Committee Member (2016-2019)
  • Armed Forces Committee Member (2016-2018)
  • Veterans Project Volunteer (2014-2018)
  • Executive Committee member of “Barristers Section” (2012-17)
  • Barristers’ Pro Bono Committee Member (2016-17)
  • Barristers’ Litigation Section Executive Committee Liaison (2013-15)
  • Barristers’ Executive Committee Secretary (2014-15)
  • Barristers’ MCLE chair (2012-14)
  • Dialogues on Freedom Committee Member (Fall 2014)
  • Meritus College Fund
  • Career Mentor (2016-17)