David E. Ahdoot joined the firm in September 2007 and represents labor unions at the intersection of labor law, bankruptcy, arbitration, litigation, dispute resolution, and film finance matters. Mr. Ahdoot has been a partner since 2013 and currently serves on the Firm’s Management Committee.
Mr. Ahdoot primarily represents SAG-AFTRA, the Directors Guild of America, Inc., and the Writers Guild of America, West, Inc. and their related Pension and Health Plans. He is counsel to a Tri-Guild program that coordinates, enforces and resolves compliance audits with film producers and distributors in the Studio and Independent sectors. Mr. Ahdoot is also deeply active in the Firm’s insolvency practice, representing client interests in numerous film industry bankruptcies across the country, including New York, Delaware and Los Angeles. Through his efforts, the Guilds and Plans have collected tens of millions of dollars on behalf of talent throughout the entertainment industry.
In his work, Mr. Ahdoot integrates various legal disciplines, including state and federal litigation, labor law, bankruptcy law, entertainment finance and intellectual property. His film industry advice and counsel work reflects a blend of creative and pragmatic analysis geared towards solving complex issues. Mr. Ahdoot has advanced client interests in both state and federal litigation matters, arbitration and various negotiations with film industry employers.
He is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the Financial Lawyers Conference, the American Bankruptcy Institute, along with Labor Law, Bankruptcy, Entertainment Law, and Intellectual Property Sections of the American, California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations.
Outside of the law, Mr. Ahdoot spends his time with his family, hiking, practicing yoga, playing guitar and reading massive amounts of fiction.