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 cases in the areas of intellectual property, entertainment law, and commercial litigation. His peers have rated him as a Legal Elite and Super Lawyer, for having a high-degree of recognition and professional achievement.


  • 2014 Top 5% America’s Most Honored Professionals
  • 2014 Legal Elite: The State’s Top Lawyers As Voted by Their Peers
  • 2014 Intellectual Property Law Top Attorneys: The Mountain States Outstanding Young Lawyers
  • 2013 Utah’s Top Lawyers Intellectual Property Law
  • 2010-12 Top Lawyers Named by Their Peers Utah Business

Intellectual Property Protection

  • Patent, Trademark, Copyright Infringement
  • False Advertising / Misappropriation
  • Inter Partes Review, Reexamination Proceedings


  • Film, Music, Television Disputes
  • Film Rebates & Tax Credits
  • Guild & Union (SAG, DGA, WGA)
  • Finance, Distribution & Licensing

Commercial Litigation

  • Corporations / Partnerships
  • Breach of Contract
  • Securities

For over a decade, Mr. Pia has aggressively represented both plaintiffs and defendants. He is known for litigating a $60 million securities case through to the Utah Supreme Court and prevailing; and tens of millions of dollars in multi-jurisdictional cases. Last year, Mr. Pia represented parties in more patent suits than any other attorney in the State of Utah.

2014 Favorably settled suits against Honeywell, Philips, Cardiocom/Medtronic, Click4Care
2013 Favorably settled suits against GenerationOne, Kable Media Services, The News Group, Bauer Media, Better Sourcing Worldwide
2012 Favorably settled suits against TV Guide, Tomy International, Anthem Publishing, Linux New Media, Imagine Publishing
Prior Favorably settled suits against Future US, Primos, Bohning

Mr. Pia’s approach to litigation is lean and efficient, and highly focused on client goals. He has litigated in Federal and State courts in California, Delaware, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and the Federal Circuit. Where appropriate, Mr. Pia associates with local counsel in these jurisdictions.

In addition to handling traditional IP matters such as patent, trademark, and copyright, Mr. Pia also works in all aspects of media law and entertainment law. He negotiates and prepares co-production and distribution agreements, and agreements for purchasing, selling, and licensing film, music, and television.



Intellectual Property Damages: Supplement (contributing author)
Distinguishing Publishing from Producing in the Music Industry
Film Tax Incentives


Media Projects

U.F.O. – Alien Uprising – (Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bianca Bree) (E.P.)
Age of the Dragons – (Danny Glover, Vinnie Jones) (Business & Legal, E.P.)
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend – (Alyssa Milano, Chris Gorham) (Business & Legal, E.P.)
Blank Slate – TNT pilot (Business & Legal, Co-producer) (Producer Dean Devlin)
Gentleman Broncos – Feature Film (Business & Legal) (Director Jared Hess)
Amazing Racer – Feature Film (Business & Legal)
House of Fears – Feature Film (Business & Legal, Producer’s Rep)
Heber Holiday – Feature Film (Business & Legal)
Le Afi Ua Mu – PBS Documentary (Producer narrative portion) (Polymotion Pictures)
Ancestors II – 13 Part PBS Series (Associate Producer) KBYU, 2000
The Call of Story – PBS Special (Associate Producer)
The Killers – “Human” Music Video (Business & Legal, Producer) Eight Little Crickets
“Helen Foster Snow: My China Years” – PBS Documentary (Production Manger) (KBYU)
“Divination: The Mystic Tradition” – KBYU Ethnographic Documentary Film (Producer) (BYU)
“The Vision for a Cure” – Promotional Film for Cancer Research (Producer) (BYU)


J. Reuben Clark School of Law
Moot Court Board and Regional Traveling Team
Brigham Young University (Major Philosophy, Pre-Med Chemistry emphasis, Minor Film & Media Studies)


Partner IP Litigation Section, Workman Nydegger
Legal Clerk, New Line Cinema

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