Dilan A.

Dilan A. Esper has more than 20 years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in entertainment, intellectual property, media, First Amendment and general business litigation in state and federal court, arbitrations, mediations, and administrative proceedings.

Dilan has a law degree from the University of Southern California Law Center, where he was Order of the Coif, Editor of the Southern California Law Review, and Editor of the Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies. Dilan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Pre-Legal from California State University, Los Angeles, and competed on the CSULA speech and debate team including at the CEDA National Debate Championships in Bellingham, Washington.

Dilan was a litigation attorney at Stein & Flugge, LLP from 1995 until 2012, practicing primarily in the areas of business, entertainment, media, First Amendment, intellectual property and false advertising litigation.



  • Trademark
  • Copyright
  • False Advertising
  • Right of publicity
  • Privacy rights, including TROs and injunctions
  • First Amendment
  • Libel, slander / defamation
  • Anti-SLAPP
  • Profit participation, royalty and audit matters
  • Internet domain name disputes and cybersquatting


  • Breach of contract
  • Business torts including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud, tortious interference with business relations, conversion and unjust enrichment
  • Unfair competition and unfair business practices
  • Trade secrets
  • TRO and injunction proceedings
  • Electronic discovery
  • Employment litigation


  • ACLU Foundation of Southern California, 1994


  • (With Gregory C. Keating): Symposium: Putting “Duty” In Its Place: A Reply to Professors Goldberg and Zipursky, 41 Loyola Los Angeles Law Review 1225 (2008)
  • (With Gregory C. Keating): Abusing “Duty”, 76 Southern California Law Review 265 (2006) Note, Some Thoughts on the Puzzle of State Action, 68 Southern California Law Review 663 (1995)


  • Winner, Shattuck Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Service


  • Urban Recovery Legal Assistance (Public Counsel), 1993-1995: Assisted low-income clients displaced in the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles
  • Member of the litigation teams in numerous public interest cases, including Alvarez-Machain v. United States; Doe v. Unocal; Johnson v. County of Los Angeles and C.P.R. for Skid Row v. City of Los Angeles. Author of amicus brief for ACLU Foundation of Southern California filed with the California Supreme Court in Keenan v. Superior Court (Sinatra)