October 2008-Present

Law Offices of Donald L. Zachary.
Intellectual Property practice focuses on obtaining, protecting and exploiting copyrights and trademarks.  Entertainment and communications law matters include representing individuals and companies in connection with television, motion pictures and book publishing.

October 2002-September 2008

Of counsel to, and then a partner of, Spillane Shaeffer Aronoff Bandlow LLP, successor to Fox, Spillane Shaeffer LLP, successor to Fox & Spillane.  Practice included representing individuals and companies in complex business litigation as well individuals, producers and studios in the entertainment and communications industries.

1996-September 2002

Partner, Bass, Berry & Sims.
Chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group.  Practice included transactional and litigation matters in the areas of intellectual property, entertainment and communications law as well as complex business.


Partner, Kinsella, Boesch, Fujikawa & Towle, Los Angeles, CA.
Transactional entertainment practice involving representation of production companies and talent in the areas of television, feature films and publishing.  Litigation practice involving entertainment and business matters, including high profile cases in Federal and State court.  General practice involving non-labor employment matters in the cosmetics and medical industries. [Kinsella, Boesch has disbanded.]


Vice President, Law, West Coast, National Broadcasting Company, Inc., Burbank, CA.
Responsibilities covered all aspects of NBC’s business, including the Entertainment, Network Business Affairs, Sports and Network News Divisions, KNBC and KNBC News, NBC Productions and all technical and support services.  Negotiated and drafted agreements for all represented departments, supervised and handled litigation, represented the company in connection with pending state and municipal legislation and proposed regulations by state and federal administrative agencies and managed a professional and non-professional staff.


Assistant General Attorney, National Broadcasting Company, Inc., Burbank, CA.


Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles, CA.
Business litigation practice primarily focused in the areas of antitrust and trade regulation, real estate and professional liability.  Extensive experience in state and federal courts.

Summer 1968

Summer Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles, CA.

Summer 1967

Summer Associate, Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, D.C.
Practice focused on estate planning and representation of clients before various federal agencies.

Summer 1966

Law Clerk, Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, New York, NY.
Worked on a major fraud case as well as several smaller business matters for institutional clients.

Law School

University of Virginia.
Degree: Ll.B., June 1968.
Rank – 39th in 237 (top 16%)Activities: Notes Editor, Virginia Journal of lnternational Law, 1967 – 68; First Place, Lyle Moot Court Competition; Student Assistant Professor; Assistant to Local Counsel for Indigent; Instructor in Local Program to Aid Slow Learners; Phi Delta Phi Legal.


University of Virginia.
Degree: B.A. (Political Science), June 1965.Activities: Dean’s List; Varsity Athletics (lettered); Chief Announcer, WUVA Radio; Student Guide Association; Political Society.

Military Service

U.S. Army; 
Honorably Discharged, 1971
Highest Rank Attained: 1st Lieutenant.