Willenken is pleased to announce that Lika Miyake has joined the firm as Of Counsel. With experience both as a commercial litigator and in-house counsel, Lika is comfortable delivering complex legal arguments to courts and providing holistic problem-solving advice to business clients.
Lika specializes in advising media and entertainment companies on the intellectual property issues that arise in the creation and distribution of audiovisual content, with a focus on copyright, trademark, right of publicity, defamation, and right of privacy issues under both U.S. and international law. She is also an experienced civil litigator with experience in resolving contract, employment, regulatory, and securities-related disputes for Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to joining Willenken, Lika served as Vice President, Intellectual Property, at Sony Pictures Entertainment for more than six years. In her work there, she provided legal clearance advice to all of Sony’s production units, handled intellectual property-related disputes worldwide, managed the trademark registration and enforcement program, and participated in the Motion Picture Association’s amicus and legislative advocacy efforts.
Before that, Lika practiced law at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where, amongst other major cases, she represented a public utility client in a matter before the Public Utilities Commission, successfully defended clients facing both individual and class-action employment claims, and prevented the dissolution of thousands of same-sex marriages in the California Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8 in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 election.
Lika began her legal career as a law clerk for The Honorable Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
“I am thrilled to join Willenken, knowing its solid reputation as an elite litigation firm with diverse talent. I am excited to leverage my in-house and litigation experience to further boost the team’s capabilities to serve clients in complex litigation and intellectual property matters.”Lika Miyake, Of Counsel
“With Lika’s arrival, we further expand Willenken’s talented group of results-driven lawyers who possess the proven experience, ingenuity, and dedication to achieve winning results for our clients. We are extremely happy to welcome Lika to the firm.”
Paul Loh, Managing Partner