AUGUST 26, 2015 – David Quinto and Scott Commerson, two highly experienced IP lawyers with particular knowledge of the entertainment arena, have joined the Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

Quinto, who focuses on copyright, trademark, trade secret, and Internet-related claims, was a founding lawyer at the Quinn Emanuel firm, where he practiced for almost three decades. Commerson is a veteran of Quinn Emanuel as well, and practiced complex litigation there for more than a decade.

“Our firm’s strategic plan calls for building increased strength in our areas of excellence,” said Alexandra Nicholson, chair of Davis Wright Tremaine’s intellectual property practice. “David and Scott’s outstanding skills perfectly complement this firm’s breadth of nationally renowned IP services.”

For 27 years, Quinto was principally responsible for protecting the rights of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the OSCAR® and ACADEMY AWARDS® marks. He also helped safeguard the intellectual property of many other leading organizations in industries as varied as aerospace, packaging, professional sports, and consumer products.

Quinto serves as a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) domain name dispute resolution panelist. He is co-author of the book, Trade Secrets: Law and Practice, published by LexisNexis and now in its third edition. In 2010, he was named to the Hollywood Reporter’s “Power 100” list of top entertainment lawyers. He is listed by Martindale-Hubbell™ as an AV Preeminent® Rated Lawyer.

Commerson has experience litigating all types of business cases, with particular skills in the areas of soft intellectual property, media and entertainment, employment, and class action defense. He has disposed of numerous cases through motion practice and has litigated cases through trial, arbitration, and appeal in federal and state court around the country.

Commerson received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the University of Virginia. Quinto received his B.A. from Amherst College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Quinto and Commerson join Davis Wright Tremaine from Kupferstein Manuel & Quinto, a boutique they founded with other Quinn Emanuel alums last year.

Davis Wright Tremaine is recognized nationally for its exceptional IP practice. The most recent edition of Chambers USA placed the firm in Band 1 for its media & entertainment practice in California, Washington, D.C., and Washington. U.S. News and “Best Lawyers” have awarded the firm a national first-tier ranking in entertainment law, IP litigation, and related practices. World Trademark Review regularly recognizes Davis Wright as one of the leading firms in the country for trademark law.

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