Willenken is pleased to announce that Peter Shimamoto is joining the firm as partner, effective January 1, 2020.
Peter brings more than 30 years of complex commercial litigation experience to Willenken, with a particular emphasis on entertainment and intellectual property matters. He honed his practice at law firms in New York and Los Angeles, including Irell & Manella LLP, before starting his own firm, Insignis Law.
Peter has litigated cases involving some of the nation’s leading artists, motion picture studios, television networks, television production companies, and music companies. He has handled numerous cases involving issues relating to profit participation, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, licensing and distribution, financing, breach of contract, trade secrets, defamation, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty, among many others. Peter has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation in federal court, state court, and arbitrations, from pre-filing through trial and appeal. Throughout his career, his clients have obtained more than $100 million in jury verdicts and settlements.
“I am delighted to join Willenken’s exceptional team of trial lawyers, whom I’ve known of and admired for many years. I look forward to contributing my insight and experience in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property matters to achieve the optimal results for our clients.”— Peter Shimamoto
“Peter’s arrival adds gravitas to our robust complex commercial litigation and intellectual property practices, and his focus on entertainment provides us the opportunity to expand our capabilities into that space. We are thrilled to welcome him to the firm.”— Paul Loh, managing partner
Peter earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, with high honors. He is an active member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and the Copyright Society of the USA. He also serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors for East West Players, the nation’s premier Asian American theater organization.