Leon Gladstone

Leon Gladstone

Culver City, California

Leon Gladstone provides litigation and transactional expertise to the entertainment industry and also maintains a highly specialized entertainment insurance coverage practice.

Leon is one of the very best lawyers that I had the honor and privilege of having before me in the Los Angeles Superior Court.  He is in the top 10 of all the lawyers I have seen in trial in 27 years.  He was nothing short of magnificent - Retired Superior Court Judge

High Profile/High Stake Litigation

Leon handles jury and court trials and arbitrations in and outside of the entertainment industry. Recent notable matters include:

  • Defended Jamie Spears in the Sam Lutfi v. Britney Spears lawsuit. The trial, widely reported internationally and in the entertainment press, ended in the defendants' favor after three weeks of jury trial.
  • Successfully represented Don Johnson's former business managers in arbitration, securing a large award against the actor for breach of contract.
  • Represented musician Chris Daughtry in a suit brought by his former bandmates over the ownership of several musical compositions.
  • Won summary judgment in bad faith case against entertainment insurer arising of accident on set of the film Midnight Rider in which camera assistant was killed by a train, the court finding that the “criminal acts” exclusion in the policy barred coverage.
  • Successfully represented film completion guarantor in arbitration brought by producer claiming breach of delivery obligations.

Representation of Entertainment Insurers and Guarantors

Leon represents the major insurance carriers and completion guarantors that provide coverage for features, television productions and concert tours. Leon is known throughout the industry as the "go to" lawyer when a film, television production or concert tour runs into trouble due to a loss. He regularly advises and litigates on behalf of companies that insure productions, touring acts and vendors. His expertise covers such issues as production interruption, cast losses, loss and damage of footage, sets and equipment, budget overruns, distribution and delivery issues, and related claims.

Entertainment Transactions

In addition to his representation of executive producers and other principal creatives of several animated TV series, Leon works with actors, directors, producers, writers, financiers and distributors, as well as a host of below-the-line talent, negotiating and documenting financing, production, distribution, talent, publishing, touring and live event agreements, sales of businesses, and related transactions.

Leon has been recognized by his peers as a Southern California Super Lawyer each year since 2008. Fewer than five percent of California lawyers receive this distinction. A father of three, Leon enjoys surfing, skiing and martial arts, having earned a black belt in karate. He is also a student of yoga and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Areas of Practice

  • Entertainment Insurance Coverage and Litigation
  • Entertainment Transactions
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

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


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D.
  • University of California, Irvine, California
    • A.B. cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • North American Contingency Association (NACA)