Peter Haviland

Civil Plaintiff, Litigation and Insurance Defense, Intellectual Property
Ballard Spahr LLP
2029 Century Park East
Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90067- 2909

Peter L. Haviland, based in Los Angeles but with a national and international practice, is an accomplished civil trial lawyer. He has tried cases in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts and arbitral forums throughout the country and has argued a wide range of appeals.

Mr. Haviland's current docket includes matters for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and ExxonMobil Corporation. He has been noted for a number of high-profile cases, including:  

Heigl v. Duane Reade, Inc. (misappropriation of name and likeness and false designation of origin)
Southern Christian Leadership Conference v. City of Los Angeles (right of Los Angeles Police Commission to suspend the Chief of Police following the Rodney King beating)
Garry Shandling v. Brad Grey (breach of fiduciary duty involving television rights to The Larry Sanders Show)
TVT Records v. The Island Def Jam Music Group ($132 million jury verdict for copyright infringement, fraud, and breach of contract)
Lockheed v. Crane (cost recovery in a Superfund clean-up)

Other representative actions include:

Defense of Sempra Energy in Chan et al. v. City of Pomona, et al. (multiparty defense involving claims of City of Pomona employees for toxic tort injuries)
UCANN v. Albertsons, et al. (defense of Albertsons in multiple actions alleging violation of privacy rights under federal and state laws governing medical information)
In re Tricom (representation of Liquidator of Bancredito Panama in the reorganization of a Dominican telecommunications company)
In re Death Row Records (representation of Trustee in adversary litigation in reorganization of record label)
KTNQ/KLVE, Inc. v. Humberto Luna and Spanish Broadcasting Systems (alleged theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, antitrust and breach of non-compete provisions)
Sybersound v. UAV et al. (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and unfair competition claims arising from alleged criminal copyright infringement)
Chris Rock v. Perna Communications, et al. (Lanham Act, right of publicity claims for misuse of name and likeness)
Jill Scott v. Hidden Beach Records (breach of recording contract)
In re Emachines, Inc. Merger Litigation (securities class action)
West Coast Pictures v. Kings Road Entertainment (securities fraud, officer/director liability)
Chapgier v. Casisse de Retraite pour La France et L'Exterieur, et al. ($11.5 million award against French benefits administrator)
Mr. Haviland previously served as outside general counsel for recorded music companies.

Pro Bono Experience

Mr. Haviland has prosecuted criminal actions on a pro bono basis for the Los Angeles City Attorney's office.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Warren Ferguson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Ballard Spahr's Diversity and Inclusion Council

Recognition & Accomplishments

Named one of Savoy Magazine's "Most Influential Black Lawyers for 2015"

Named one of "America's Top Black Lawyers" by Black Enterprise Magazine

Board Memberships

Mr. Haviland has served on the boards of directors of a number of professional and service organizations, including the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and the Constitutional Rights Foundation.


Stanford Law School (J.D. 1989)

Associate Editor, Stanford Law Review; Research Assistant to Professor William Gould; Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow (focusing on Portuguese and Brazilian law)
Harvard College (B.A. 1977, cum laude)


Spanish and Portuguese