Roy Rifkin

Roy Rifkin is of counsel in the litigation department of Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP. Mr. Rifkin handles a variety of litigation matters for corporate and entertainment clients, as well as in the areas of real estate and securities. His practice continues to include celebrity merchandising, licensing and advertising. He is licensed to practice law in both New York and California.






 Areas of Practice

Entertainment Litigation

  • Financing, production and distribution of motion pictures

  • Licensing and profit participation matters

  • Personal management and agency relationships

  • Guild proceedings

Intellectual Property

  • Copyright and idea submission matters

  • Trademarks and trade names, trade secrets and unfair competition

  • Cybersquatting issues

Corporate & Securities Litigation

  • Shareholder rights

  • Partnership disputes

  • Fiduciary duties of partners, corporate directors and LLC managers

Real Estate

  • Deed and ownership disputes

  • Finance matters

  • Community association matters

Alternative Dispute Resolution Affiliations

  • Commercial, Entertainment and Large Complex Case Panels of the American Arbitration Association

  • Arbitration Panel for the Independent Film and Television Alliance (I.F.T.A.)

  • Panel for Kaiser Permanente Member Arbitrations

Articles & Reported Decisions

  • Rohde v. Wolf (2007) 154 Cal.App.4th 28 (reversed trial court’s denial of anti-SLAPP motion)

  • Chiba v. Greenwald (2007) 156 Cal.App.4th 71 (affirmed dismissal of action based on plaintiff’s violation of California Labor Code)


  • Juris Doctor (1977),University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor of Arts in Government (1974), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Cornell Regent’s Scholarship Award


  • Member of the State Bar of California

  • Member of the State Bar of New York

Honors & Outside Activities

  • Nathan Burkan Memorial Award (Copyright), University of Pennsylvania (1977)

  • New York State Regent’s Scholarship Award

  • Lecturer on Trial Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution