Biography

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Education

J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2004. Emphasis on trademark, copyright, entertainment, legal theory, corporate, and ethics law.

Coursework in International Commercial Arbitration and International Human Rights, McGill University, Montréal, Canada, 2002.

B.A., Political Science and American and English Literature, University of California at Davis, 1999.

Memberships

Mr. Prout was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2005. He is licensed to practice before all California state courts and the federal Central and Southern District Courts of California. He is an active member of the State Bar of California’s Litigation and Business Law Sections. He is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Entertainment Law & Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections. Mr. Prout is also a Panel Attorney for California Lawyers for the Arts, a non-profit association that provides artists, arts organizations, and entertainment industry workers with affordable access to legal and business information and services.

Before opening his own practice in 2009, Mr. Prout was an Associate Attorney with Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, where he represented companies and individuals in California and federal business, partnership, employment, trademark, copyright, and products liability lawsuits often involving multi-million dollar demands, dozens of witnesses, and large amounts of evidence.

Shanen has been a lifelong Californian and is a multi-generational resident of Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Pasadena. As a native of Southern California, Mr. Prout takes great pleasure in helping California businesses establish and maintain a healthy, profitable presence in our state and beyond. Shanen seeks to create a long-term presence in California and he looks to work with like-minded individuals and companies who view themselves as positive actors in the business and cultural climate of California.

Shanen enjoys traveling, reading literary, political, legal, economic and popular culture material; listening to many kinds of music and attending live concerts; theater; visiting art galleries and museums; skiing; hiking; jogging; playing and watching tennis; following professional and college football; and riding his bike around Los Angeles.

Recent Articles

Goles v. Sawhney: Guidance on California’s Minority Shareholder Buyout Mechanism

A recent case from the California Court of Appeal offers instruction in how to conduct the valuation of a minority shareholder’s interest under California’s statutory buyout process in a corporate dissolution lawsuit. On November 22, 2016, in Goles v. Sawhney, …
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California’s Newest Threat to Out-of-State Businesses [UPDATE]

On July 22, we wrote about California Senate Bill 1241 and its potential impact on foreign businesses operating in California.  In modified form, SB 1241 became law on September 25, 2016.  It adds Section 925 to the California Labor Code. SB 1241 …
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