Los Angeles -- The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), today announced the addition of Karen Thorland to its legal team as Vice President and Senior Content Protection Counsel. Beginning on January 18, Thorland will manage domestic content protection civil litigation and will oversee and coordinate the Association's worldwide civil litigation efforts. She and her team will also provide legal support for the Association's worldwide content protection department. She will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Daniel Mandil, Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Content Protection Officer.
"The MPAA vigorously pursues the intellectual property rights of our members in jurisdictions around the world and Karen is uniquely qualified to lead our team of U.S. content protection lawyers as our industry continues to evolve in an ever-changing landscape. We are thrilled to have her join the MPAA's Legal Department," said Mandil.
Thorland will fill the position held by Lisa Stone when she leaves the MPAA in January to raise her young children. Thorland joins the MPAA from her partnership at Loeb & Loeb, LLP which she joined in 2001. She has deep experience in a broad range of litigation and intellectual property matters, including copyright and trademark, rights of publicity and privacy, First Amendment, entertainment contractual disputes and appeals.
She has represented prominent entertainment industry clients, including the major and independent film studios, producers and music companies, as well as interactive companies, internet marketers and advertisers. Prior to joining Loeb & Loeb LLP, Thorland was an associate at Jones Day from 1994 to 2001.
Thorland has also done pro bono work on behalf of Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles, The Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, and the ACLU Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.