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Neema Sahni
Neema Sahni
Associate
Los Angeles +1 424 332 4757 nsahni@cov.com Download V-card

Neema Sahni is a litigation associate with deep media industry expertise. Through her work at the firm, and her prior experience in-house, Ms. Sahni has developed a sophisticated understanding of the legal issues facing clients in the sports, media and entertainment industries. Her practice offers an unusual blend of litigation capability, transactional support, and regulatory guidance.

Ms. Sahni represents clients in complex commercial disputes and copyright and trademark matters. She has particular experience litigating disputes related to content distribution and creation, with a focus on helping clients navigate changes in the content distribution ecosystem.

  • Represents Fox News Networks in Fox News Network LLC v. Charter Communications Holding Co. LLC et al., a breach of contract action alleging that Charter applied incorrect carriage rates for all systems following its acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
  • Defended major film studio against trademark infringement claims concerning action film title.
  • Obtained summary judgment for Sony Music Entertainment and dismissal of all contract and intellectual property claims brought by former music manager regarding 70’s rock act.
  • Represents the National Football League in litigation involving the out-of-market television package, NFL Sunday Ticket.
  • Advises content clients on copyright matters, with particular expertise on fair use defenses and DMCA safe harbor.
  • Represented concert promoter in insurance coverage litigation arising from insurer’s failure to pay defense costs in high stakes litigation.
  • Represented a group of content companies challenging the Federal Communication Commission’s policies concerning the disclosure of confidential trade secrets to third parties.
  • Member of the Tennis Channel v. Comcast trial team, successfully representing Tennis Channel in an eight-day trial on claims that Comcast discriminates against Tennis Channel and in favor of its own sports channels in its carriage decisions (later reversed on appeal).
  • Represented the BIG EAST Conference in litigation related to conference realignment.
  • Represented BP in insurance coverage litigation arising from the Deepwater Horizon incident and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pro Bono

  • Obtained grant of asylum for El Salvadoran woman seeking refuge from persecution on the basis of her transgender status.
  • Bread for the City Legal Clinic: Six-month rotation providing representation and advice to low-income DC residents in landlord tenant disputes.
  • Successfully represented defendant charged with multiple homicides in state court proceedings.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel
  • South Asian Bar Association of Southern California
  • North American South Asian Bar Association, 2012 Convention Programming Committee

Previous Experience

  • The Walt Disney Company, Counsel, Corporate Legal: Distribution (2014-2015)