Stanford, B.A., 1950, J.D. 1953; admitted to practice
in California in 1954. Mr. Dern has
specialized in business and entertainment law since 1956, first as in-house
counsel for various entertainment companies such as UPA (the home of Mr. Magoo), CBS, Desilu and United Artist TV, and then, since 1967, in private
practice (currently Dixon Q. Dern, P.C.) in Los Angeles, specializing in
entertainment and related matters for individual clients , including the Bob Hope Legacy, and many production and distribution companies in film, television and new media. as well as acting as General Counsel for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the Prime Time Emmys). In 2009 awarded the Television Academy's awarded him the Syd Cassyd Founders Award (an Emmy Award) honoring Mr. Dern for over thirty years service to the Television Academy as a member and as its counsel.
He has been and is a well-known lecturer in the entertainment industry and during his earlier career has been an adjunct lecturer at both USC Law School and in USC's Film and Television School as well as at Loyola University Law School, Los Angeles. and San Diego University in San Diego.
In addition to his specialty representing clients in the areas of
television, theatrical, and other entertainment areas, Mr. Dern acts as both a
mediator and as an arbitrator in both labor and commercial
matters. Since 1967 he has served as a neutral
Arbitrator in entertainment labor matters and is a neutral Arbitrator on the
Producers/Writers Guild of America and Producers/Directors Guild of America
panels, as well as having formerly served for a number of years as a member of
the AAA Labor Panel. For the past twenty-five+ years he has also served as a
neutral arbitrator in entertainment and complex commercial matters. After
completing the requisite training, during the past twenty years+
has acted as a mediator in a number of entertainment and related
cases. He is currently serving on the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Roster of Neutral Arbitrators and on its Roster of Mediators He helped institute and serves as a
neutral Arbitrator on the Independent Film & Television Alliance (American
Film Market) Arbitration Panel and is a member of its Advisory Committee.
He has lectured at Bar functions on mediation and arbitration issues and
has taught both online courses and an on-campus course in dispute
resolution in the Behavioral Science Graduate Program for Negotiation and
Conflict Management at California State University Dominguez Hills for which he is currently teaching an on-line course in negotiation..
He has been active in Bar-related activities and is a Past President of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, Past President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and a past member and Vice President of the
California State Bar Board of Governors.