Christopher D. Brearton
Christopher Brearton is one of the pre-eminent entertainment, sports and media lawyers in Los Angeles. As a partner of Latham & Watkins LLP and managing partner of the firm’s Century City office, he advises motion picture studios, independent producers, financial institutions, investment funds, television and digital networks and sports organizations. He counsels clients in transactions ranging from the creation of strategic alliances and complex commercial licensing arrangements, to project financing and industry-specific mergers and acquisitions.
Brearton’s firm represented the NCAA in its multimedia rights agreement with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting for the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The eight-year contract extends the agreement through 2032. Brearton also has represented the International Olympic Committee in licensing its broadcast and new media rights worldwide since 2003.
The Hollywood Reporter has included Brearton on its “Power Lawyers” list each of the past three years, and SportsBusiness Journal named him to its list of “Power Players: Outside Counsel” in 2016.
He graduated from the Terry College of Business in 1992 with a degree in accounting and later earned a law degree from the University of Virginia. Before entering law school, he was a certified public accountant with KPMG.
Brearton is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and serves on the board of directors of the LA Sports Council and the LA Promise Fund, a nonprofit organization that is helping children in underserved Los Angeles communities graduate high school. He is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Sports Lawyers Association.