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Rita Haeusler

Rita Haeusler

Phone: (213) 613-2896
Fax: (213) 613-2950

Rita M. Haeusler is a partner specializing in litigation and counseling in the fields of entertainment, media and communications, technology, and intellectual property. Ms. Haeusler is nationally recognized for her expertise in matters involving advertising, Internet, mobile, data security, privacy, licensing and distribution agreements, technology, anti-piracy strategies, and national and international promotions. In addition, Ms. Haeusler has been involved in litigation and transactions relating to the Internet since the early 1990s, making her one of the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys practicing in this area. She has represented numerous companies in the Internet sector, including ISPs and portals, e-commerce companies, infrastructure and equipment companies, and content and entertainment providers, as well as numerous start-up and emerging growth companies.

Matters handled by Ms. Haeusler for Internet clients include contractual, copyright, trademark, trade secret, defamation, right of publicity, First Amendment, and data breach disputes, cross-marketing and interactive marketing, linking agreements, carriage and distribution arrangements, technology and website development agreements, content and technology licenses, e-commerce agreements, counseling relating to privacy issues, user generated content and social networking, and numerous other matters. She also has extensive experience in related areas such as print and electronic book publishing, merchandising, and computer and video games.

Ms. Haeusler has also represented motion picture and television production companies, studios, networks and distributors, investors and financiers, and other parties in connection with a wide variety of litigation matters, including profit participation, distribution, unfair competition, false advertising, intellectual property, trade secret, First Amendment, defamation, and right of publicity disputes and other matters.

Ms. Haeusler is frequently involved in litigation and intellectual property due diligence in connection with corporate transactions, licensing relating to intellectual property, as well as general counseling regarding intellectual property matters and issues.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Advisory Board, USC Gould School of Law, Institute for Corporate Counsel
  • Member, Union Internationale des Avocats, Media Law Group
  • Member, Board of Directors Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society
  • Member, Technology Standing Committee
  • Member, International Chamber of Commerce Working Party on Intellectual Property and Electronic Commerce


  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1980 (cum laude)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1983
  • Universidad de Salamanca

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court of Tennessee
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Latest Posts From Rita Haeusler

Not All Zombies Are Created Equal: Owners of Rights to “Dawn of the Dead” Lose Copyright Suit Over Popular Video Game

Posted in Copyright, Gaming, Litigation
In a decision that shocked some in Hollywood, a California district court recently held that a popular video game did not infringe on the copyrights of a previously-released motion picture, even though, at first glance, the game and film contained strikingly similar characters, themes, and plot lines.  With video games becoming more “cinematic” in their… Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit to Address Constitutionality of Content-Based Regulation of Video Games

Posted in Gaming, Regulations, Technology
The Ninth Circuit will issue an opinion addressing the constitutionality of content-based regulation on the sale and rental of violent video games in the next few months.  Since policymakers are expressing growing concerns over the possible effects of violent video games on the psychological and emotional well-being of children, this decision is expected to play… Continue Reading