Danielle Van Lier, SAG-AFTRA
Danielle Van Lier
Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property and Contracts
Danielle Van Lier is senior counsel, intellectual property and contracts at SAG-AFTRA. Van Lier began her position at the former Screen Actors Guild in 2000. She is responsible for managing SAG-AFTRAâ€™s third-party contracts and intellectual property, as well as other efforts aimed at protecting the rights of SAG-AFTRA and its members. Van Lier has co-authored several amicus curiae briefs on behalf of Screen Actors Guild and other affected parties to various courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court on issues related to performer rights of publicity, copyright and the California Talent Agencies Act.
Van Lier is also an adjunct professor of Entertainment Law and Sports Law at Western State University, College of Law.
Before joining Screen Actors Guild, Van Lier practiced law in Los Angeles focusing on corporate and intellectual property issues and a variety of litigation matters, and has also worked with independent production companies and Internet ventures. Prior to entering practice, she served as a legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives where her work focused on intellectual property, Internet issues, international law and other legal matters. Van Lier helped found, and now serves on the board of directors of, Saving Wildlife International, a nonprofit wildlife education company that brings its Animal Ambassadors to classrooms and events throughout the Los Angeles area.
Van Lier earned her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she served on the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law and also completed substantial coursework toward a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Japanese Language, Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Van Lier has lived in Japan and is conversant in the Japanese language.