William Briggs was born in South Central Los Angeles, where he was raised by a single parent. He attended Los Angeles High School, went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from a historically Black College, Bethune-Cookman, and subsequently attended law school at Georgetown University.
Upon returning to California, Mr. Briggs became a successful entertainment trial lawyer and civil litigator, representing some of the top talent in film, television, music and sports. His legal experience involves complex intellectual property, contract, and partnership disputes; rights of publicity and first amendment issues; and employment matters. Clients often call on him to provide general counsel advice in helping to resolve intricate and sensitive matters. Mr. Briggs also frequently helps clients to respond rapidly to emergency situations or to strategize and create sensible and cost-effective solutions. When difficult and challenging issues cannot be resolved, Mr. Briggs is always prepared to try the case for the client.
The proactive counsel Mr. Briggs provides the entertainment industry has been recognized by Billboard magazine, the Los Angeles Business Journal, and the Hollywood Reporter, and he has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2014.
Beyond his legal practice, Mr. Briggs is heavily involved in civic and community affairs. In 2014, he was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to be a commissioner for the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System, where he was responsible for overseeing the pension and disability benefits for city employees. Mr. Briggs also served as a trustee on the Sierra Canyon School Board of Directors and provides pro bono legal services to the Alliance for Children’s Rights.