LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2022—The Daily Journal has named three King & Spalding partners to its 2022 Top Women Lawyers list. The firm is one of only two in the state with three women named to the list, which highlights those who are “top of the field” in California.
Those honored include Los Angeles Trial and Global Disputes partner Arwen Johnson, who handles class action defense, employment and entertainment industry litigation. The Daily Journal noted her work for Netflix, a frequent target of copyright infringement and idea theft claims. Johnson is leading the defense for the streaming service and actor Michael B. Jordan in a suit alleging that the hit series "Raising Dion" and the comic book on which it is based infringe the unregistered copyright in the plaintiff’s novel, and claim $1 billion in damages. Johnson's motion to dismiss is set for a June hearing. She also recently won a motion to dismiss for Netflix in a suit in which the plaintiff alleged that the popular teen series "Outer Banks" infringed the copyright in his 2016 novel.
Quyen Ta, a Trial and Global Disputes partner based in San Francisco, was also named. The publication cited her work for client Varian Medical Systems in a dispute with a software vendor that claimed $22 million in damages. Following a one-week binding arbitration hearing involving over 10 witnesses and four experts, the panel awarded the vendor only $39,000 and assessed more than $700,000 in costs. It also noted her pro bono work on behalf of the Asian American community, and her work as lead counsel for the City of Santa Ana, which has accused Orange County of transporting unhoused individuals to Santa Ana while failing to do its fair share in providing services to the homeless.
Also honored is Trial and Global Disputes partner Anne Voigts, a leading member of the firm’s Appellate, Constitutional and Administrative Law group. Voigts, a former federal prosecutor now based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, has argued more than 60 cases in federal and state appellate courts. The publication noted her win in the 9th Circuit for client Empire Health, in a successful challenge to the validity of a rule that would lower Medicare payments to hospitals that disproportionately serve low-income patients. She is waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s word on the matter.
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