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The Firm

Charnley Rian litigates entertainment and business disputes. Partners, Richard L. Charnley and Annie Rian have been a team since 2008. Their clients include studios, producers, directors, writers, actors, public personalities, internet, marketing companies, publishers and real estate practitioners. The team's combined advocacy skills have been challenged in well over 750 contested matters. Among other recognitions, Mr. Charnley was chosen as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and Super Lawyers.

Charnley Rian maintains a unique reputation as a "team player." The firm often works in a multi-party setting involving several law firms on the same side of a case. The firm is known for its ability to work seamlessly with other lawyers to generate the best result for all concerned.



The firm's litigation efforts fall roughly into four categories. One area is litigation of classic entertainment and business conflicts such as copyright infringement, idea misappropriation, and profit claims. Another area is invasion of privacy, defamation and unauthorized use of name and likeness. A third area is breach contract or fiduciary duty, corporate control and dissolution issues and business torts. A fourth area is the often tragic field of catastrophic injury during motion picture production. A fair number of the firm's assignments are driven by Errors & Omissions, Employment Practices Liability, Media Peril and Entertainment-specific insurance coverage. Due to its reputation and depth of experience, Charnley Rian is uniquely qualified to save its clients tens of thousands of dollars in litigation expenses through aggressive exploration of pre-litigation dispute resolution.



Ms. Rian and Mr. Charnley formerly practiced with "Big Law", where they litigated for large corporations with expansive litigation budgets. Shifting the experience to support a more intimate and flexible platform, Charnley Rian can "bill by the hour" but also openly encourages clients to explore alternative billing arrangements: flat fees; monthly retainers; per diem caps; milestone payments; and modified contingencies.


  1. Clients are our greatest asset.
  2. We only take matters that make sense to us. If we cannot help, we do not accept representation.
  3. We do not waste our clients’ money or our own time on issues that won’t generate results.
  4. We value client input.
  5. Civility between lawyers may be a lost art --- but not for us. Rudeness has no place in our practice.
  6. Although we are trial lawyers, to avoid the uncertainty of the courtroom, we search for creative opportunities to resolve matters short of trial.



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