Professional Details

Cheryl Priest Ainsworth

Senior Attorney

Cheryl Priest Ainsworth is an experienced litigator and trial attorney.  Her experience ranges from representing individuals to family run companies, as well as multi-billion-dollar national corporations, and taking on big banks and rap stars.  Her practice involves business, employment, entertainment, intellectual property, and real estate disputes, among others. Cheryl represents plaintiffs and defendants in diverse industries including film, music, professional sports, apparel, warehousing and distribution, commercial real estate, and technology.

She began her career in Florida, serving as a business and employment litigator at Holland & Knight. In 2007, she left Holland & Knight to join Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office, where she worked on some of the largest cases in the nation. Prior to joining Theodora Oringher, Cheryl was senior counsel Rosen Saba, LLP in Beverly Hills.

Cheryl graduated first in her class and Order of the Coif from the University of Florida College of Law. She served as Senior Symposium Editor of the Florida Law Review, which published her article, ‘Civil Procedure: The Right to Sue Under Section 1983,’ 55 Fla. L. Rev. 753 (2003). Cheryl also attended graduate school at the top-rated University of Florida College of Journalism, where she served as a features reporter for news/sports radio station, WRUF (now an ESPN affiliate). Her undergraduate degree, also from the University of Florida, is in Political Science, a subject about which she remains passionate – almost as passionate as she is about the Florida Gators.

Representative Matters

  • Defeated Wells Fargo at trial as first-chair trial counsel.
  • Litigating matter to a complete trial victory with an award of damages against multi-platinum rap artist, Lil Wayne.
  • Prevailing over two large international firms on two dispositive motions for a warehousing and distribution company in a multi-million dollar case involving business torts, breach of contract, unfair competition, defamation, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Defeating a Motion for Summary Adjudication brought by the Michael Jackson Estate against her client, Michael Jackson’s former manager, in a music royalties dispute, a result which resulted in a favorable resolution of claims.
  • Obtaining an injunction and seizure order on behalf of National Football League Properties against purveyors of counterfeit NFL merchandise.
  • Serving as a temporary Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney in East Los Angeles.
  • Selection by and successful completion of the Traditional Trial Advocacy Project of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.