Kenneth I. Sidle


Kenneth I. Sidle has extensive experience in a broad range of business litigation.  He has a record of success in the courts, winning favorable jury verdicts in several high-profile cases in the areas of copyright and intellectual property, mismanagement, and breach of contract.  He was trial counsel to John Fogerty in winning a jury verdict and argued and obtained a unanimous decision in the United States Supreme Court against denial of attorney fees to Fogerty.  He was also trial counsel to the estate of Jimi Hendrix in obtaining summary judgment in action brought by an alleged son seeking right of renewal of the copyrights to Hendrix songs and trial counsel to Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda in obtaining a jury verdict in a copyright infringement case involving the motion picture theme song “9 to 5,” affirmed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ken’s practice has included entertainment, protecting literary properties, and compensation of top artists in the entertainment industry, as well as other industries, including real estate and internal corporate disputes.

Prior to joining Gipson Hoffman & Pancione, he was a litigation partner at the law firm of Irell & Manella.  

He continues to compete in various sports.  He was a varsity letterman in basketball and baseball in high school and in baseball in college.


LL.B., Yale University, Law School
     Editor, Yale Law Journal
B.A., University of California, Riverside
     High Honors
     Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Speaking/Writing

     “Evidence and Problems of Proof,'” UCLA Extension Program
     “Provisional Remedies, Protecting Your Client Before Judgment,”
     California Continuing Education of the Bar
     “Creating and Implementing a Discovery Plan,” California Continuing Education of the Bar 
     “Fantasy Records v. John Fogerty,” L.A. Lawyer
     “Staking Claims to Intellectual Property in the Golden State,”
     seminar sponsored by Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

Bar & Professional Memberships

The State Bar of California
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States Claims Court
United States Tax Court

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property

Gipson Hoffman & Pancione founder, Robert E. “Reg” Gipson, thanks the many Southern California attorneys and clients who have sent their congratulations to the firm for once again seeing several of its lawyers honored as “Super Lawyers,” a designation reserved for the top 5% of candidates receiving votes.
Attorney Kenneth I. Sidle recently argued before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Compass Bank v. Morris Cerullo World Evangelism, a complex case involving large loans, a letter of credit, and a gold mine.  Mr. Sidle has maintained an extensive appellate practice for many years, arguing diverse cases locally and across the country, including winning a unanimous ruling in a la…