Matthew Blackett practices in the areas of entertainment litigation, intellectual property litigation, and business litigation. Matthew is admitted to practice in California and New York.
Matthew served on the legal team for Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) against Gawker Media, LLC, et al. which resulted in a $140 million jury trial award. Matthew focuses much of his practice on Internet law and reputation protection including the removal of objectionable and illegal content from the Internet.
Matthew received his LL.B Law degree from the University of Surrey in 2010, with a minor in International Studies, where he participated in Moot Court competitions.
Before joining HMA, Matthew worked for the law firm PSB Law LLP in London, where he worked on, among other cases, a defamation claim brought by a former UK cabinet minister, multiple cases related to the 2012 UK telephone voicemail hacking scandal, a commercial case involving a high-profile fashion brand, and a royalty claim on behalf of a famous British actor against a motion picture company.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
ENTERTAINMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION
- Right of publicity
- Privacy rights, including TROs and injunctions
- Libel, slander, and defamation
- First Amendment
- Profit participation, royalty and audit matters
- Internet domain name disputes and cybersquatting
- Prevention and cure of unlawful conduct on social media and the Internet as a whole
GENERAL BUSINESS LITIGATION
- Breach of contract
- Business torts including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud, tortious interference with business relations, conversion, unjust enrichment and professional negligence
- TRO and injunction proceedings
- Co-Author, Privacy Interests Prevail in Sacramento, Los Angeles Daily Journal (October 3, 2014)
- Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Member, Beverly Hills Bar Assocation
- New York, 2013
- California, 2014