Joseph G. Pia

Joseph Pia

Founding Partner
222 S. Main Street, Suite 1830
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Main: (801) 350-9000
Email: joe.pia@padrm.com

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Joseph Pia is lead counsel on complex litigation matters in the areas of intellectual property, corporations and partnerships, entertainment law, and securities. His peers have rated him as a Legal Elite and Super Lawyer, for having a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Mr. Pia is an aggressive litigator and has been lead counsel on highly complex and diverse litigation cases. These include recently litigating a $60 million securities case through to the Utah Supreme Court and prevailing; and tens of millions of dollars in multi-jurisdictional intellectual property, securities, entertainment law, and corporate and business cases. High-stakes matters are Mr. Pia’s forte, although he also handles small and medium sized disputes for a variety of clients.  Last year, Mr. Pia filed more patent suits than any other attorney in the state of Utah.

Mr. Pia is also active in all aspects of media law and entertainment law. He provides production legal services, and negotiates and prepares co-production and distribution agreements, as well as agreements for purchasing, selling, and licensing all forms of media.

Mr. Pia’s approach to litigation is lean and efficient, and is highly focused on our clients’ specific goals. Mr. Pia represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and uses those collective skills on every matter he handles.  Mr. Pia has experience litigating in Federal and State courts in California, New York, Washington, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Where appropriate, Mr. Pia associates with local counsel in these jurisdictions.

Practice Areas

Complex Intellectual Property Litigation, Inter Partes Conflicts, Mediation, and Arbitration
Corporations and Partnership Litigation
Securities Litigation
Complex Real Estate Litigation
Patent Infringement
Trademark/ Trade Dress Infringement
Copyright Infringement
Trade Secret Misappropriation
Media and Entertainment (Film, TV, Music)
Breach of Contract
Unfair Competition


J. Reuben Clark School of Law (J.D., Cum Laude)
Moot Court Board
Regional Moot Court Traveling Team
Brigham Young University (Major Philosophy, Minor Film & Media Studies)



Media Projects

Le Afi Ua Mu - PBS Documentary (Producer narrative portion) (Polymotion Pictures, PIC, 2004)
Ancestors II - 13 Part PBS Series (Associate Producer) KBYU, 2000
Age of the Dragons - Feature Film (Business & Legal, Exec. Producer) Koan, Metrodome, Incentive Films (2010)
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend - Feature Film (Business & Legal, Exec. Producer) Fiftyfilms (2009)
Blank Slate - pilot for TNT (Business & Legal, Co-producer) (Producer Dean Devlin) (2008)
The Killers - Music Video (Business & Legal, Producer) Eight Little Crickets Productions (2008)
The Return of the Ripper - Feature Film (Business & Legal) McKay Daines (Pre-production)
Shannon's Rainbow - Feature Film (Business & Legal) (family drama) (2008)
Gentleman Broncos - Feature Film (Business & Legal) (2008) (Director Jared Hess)
House of Fears - Feature Film (Business & Legal, Producer's Rep) (Producer Steve Lee) (2007)
Heber Holiday - Feature Film (Business & Legal) (2007)
The Call of Story - PBS Special (Associate Producer) (Osric Productions, KBYU, 2002)
U.F.O. -Feature Film (Executive Producer) (2012)
"Helen Foster Snow: My China Years" - PBS Documentary (Production Manger) (Combat Films, KBYU, 2000)
"The Vision for a Cure" - Promotional Film for Cancer Research (Producer) (Utopia Pictures/BYU, 2000)
"Divination: The Mystic Tradition" - KBYU Ethnographic Documentary Film (Producer) (Utopia Pictures, BYU, 1998)

Prior Professional Experience

Partner, Workman Nydegger
Legal Clerk, New Line Cinema

Professional Admissions and Associations

Mr. Pia has practiced before Utah Federal and State Courts, California Federal Courts, New York Federal and State Courts, Washington Federal Courts, Tennessee Federal Courts, and in the Second, Ninth, Tenth and Federal Circuits.

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