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Noah R. Balch

Partner
noah.balch@kattenlaw.com
Los Angeles – Century City Office
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Overview

Noah Balch focuses his practice on sports, health and nutrition, commercial litigation, entertainment, and protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. An avid triathlete and life-long fitness advocate, Noah draws on this experience to counsel his clients on a variety of health, fitness and sports-related areas. He represents major league sports teams and athletic organizations, the Los Angeles 2024 Bid Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and film production companies. In addition, Noah handles sponsorship, tourism, branding and social media issues facing modern athletic organizations.

For nearly 10 years, Noah has litigated commercial lending and construction-related disputes in federal and state courts, and has co-chaired multiple jury trials. He also has briefed and argued at the California Courts of Appeal, and handled administrative law matters before city councils. When the economy experienced declines in the wake of the mortgage securities crisis, Noah took the lead on myriad commercial construction disputes for his lender clients. This included representing banks, REITs and quasi-government agencies in mechanics lien, stop notice and bond-related disputes. Based on his deep experience with construction law, Noah understands how to structure a commercial loan to safeguard disbursements and address entitlements and environmental review. When a dispute arises, Noah knows how to litigate claims, clear title and manage insurance-related issues.

Noah draws from a background in music and technology to maintain his entertainment practice. Before law school, he was a concert promoter and record label owner. His passion for music led him to publish “The Grey Note” in The Review of Litigation, an article about the legality of sampling in hip-hop and EDM. The government is still addressing this evolving landscape by considering fair-use sampling, and the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Ninth Circuits are split on the legality of even brief samples, making the subject matter of “The Grey Note” all the more relevant. Today, Noah protects, enforces and manages his client’s intellectual property portfolios with an ability to balance deft negotiating skills with assertive cease and desist efforts.

Shown below is a selection of Noah’s engagements.

Experience
Sports
  • Defense of a Major League Baseball team against claims related to land use, real estate and public disclosure laws under the Brown Act.
  • Representation of a Major League Baseball team in litigation related to tenant improvement and mechanics lien laws.
  • Representation of a production company and director in matters related to sports and airline commercials.
  • Representation of nutrition and health food companies, including start-ups and established brands, in all aspects of business formation, intellectual property protection, enforcement and management, in addition to various employment matters.
Real Estate Litigation
  • Defense of a national bank against alleged statutory violations of FDCPA, TILA, ACNA, RESPA and CLRA.
  • Defense of an international bank against fraud and unjust enrichment claims involving a commercial construction project. Co-chaired a jury trial in which our client received a complete defense verdict.
  • Counsel in transactions related to development and entitlement of subdivision projects.
  • Representation of a real estate investment trust and national bank in commercial real estate litigation, including claims related to mechanics liens, stop notices, bonds and construction defects.
Music and Technology
  • Representation of an author in a dispute with a major newspaper over unlicensed publication of the client's property.
  • Representation of a digital and modeling management company in contractual and litigation matters involving talent and competing management companies; also advise on FTC advertising law.
  • Representation of a celebrity musician's estate in litigation related to intellectual property, publicity, privacy and workers' compensation issues.
  • Protection, enforcement and management of intellectual property portfolios for celebrities, musicians and institutional organizations.
  • Protection of works and intellectual property of visual and sculptural artists from non-licensing entities attempting to use the works for commercial benefit.
  • Protection of intellectual property for a comic book company, including stopping counterfeiting in the United States and abroad, and completing transactions related to development of mobile application.

Recognition

The Recorder

The Recorder, California's Million Dollar Verdicts, 2011
Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2012–2017
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Pro Bono Service Award, 2011
Noah R. Balch

Education

  • JD, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, with honors
  • MBA, The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, Dean's Award
  • BBA, The University of Texas at Austin, with high honors

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
  • US District Court, Eastern District of California
  • US District Court, Southern District of California

Recognition

The Recorder

California's Million Dollar Verdicts, 2011
Super Lawyers Rising Stars
2012–2017
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Pro Bono Service Award
2011
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Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Noah Balch Daily Journal Photo