Joanna Ardalan represents clients in intellectual property cases, including copyright, trademark, unfair competition, patent, trade secret, and idea theft cases. Her practice focuses on disputes in the entertainment, internet, biotechnology/pharmaceutical, and advertising sectors. Her work includes litigating cases in trial and appellate courts and in arbitrations through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). She also advises clients on how to avoid litigation—and how best to position themselves in case litigation becomes inevitable.
Before Jo became an attorney, she was an entrepreneur. She founded and managed a music and software company, where she took her company’s products from initial conception to worldwide distribution. Jo understands the practical realities of business and the high stakes her clients face in litigation. Her litigation strategies are tailored to her clients’ business needs.
Jo closely follows developments in intellectual property law, and she frequently speaks on related topics. Jo teaches “Litigating a Copyright Case” at Loyola Law School, where she is an adjunct professor. She also serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, for which she oversees both the Copyright & Trademark and Public Interest Committees.
Jo is an avid enthusiast of martial arts. She earned a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is currently studying Krav Maga.
- Argued an appeal involving the sale of a well-known television series, winning reversal of a $1.4 million punitive damage award.
- Successfully represented a well-known television writer suing a network for copyright infringement and idea theft.
- Successfully pursued cybersquatters and owners of non-compliant websites, winning control of their domain names for her clients.
- Successfully represented a musician in an employment dispute involving a union contract.
- Counsels companies on IP management and litigation strategies related to their trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets.
- Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School; teaches “Litigating a Copyright Case.”
Bar Association Leadership
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association.
- Guest Lecturer, University of Southern California, “Communications in the Music Industry—An Entrepreneur’s Perspective.”
- Guest Lecturer, SAE Institute of Technology, “Music Synthesis.”
- Guest Lecturer, University of Southern California, “Communications in the Music Industry–Artist Management.”
- Chair, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, “Trade Secret Litigation Dinner.”
- Chair and Moderator, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, “Trade Secret Litigation Across the Nation.”
- Chair and Panelist, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, “Trademark Bootcamp- International Trademark Practice.”
- Panelist, Los Angeles County Bar Association, “Trademark Infringement in Cyberspace.”
- Moderator, Loyola Law School, “How to Be an Effective IP Associate.”
- Admitted to State Bar of California.
- Admitted to practice in United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California.