The Motion Picture Association Of America (MPAA) has added Karen Thorland to its legal team as vice-president and senior content protection counsel.

Thorland arrives from her partnership at Loeb & Loeb and fills the position held by Lisa Stone, who is leaving to raise her family. 

Thorland gained expertise in a broad range of litigation and intellectual property matters including copyright and trademark, rights of publicity and privacy, First Amendment, entertainment contractual disputes and appeals.

Beginning on January 18, she will manage domestic content protection civil litigation and will oversee and coordinate the MPAA’s worldwide civil litigation efforts.

She and her team will also provide legal support for the Association’s worldwide content protection department. She will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Daniel Mandil, senior executive vice-president, general counsel and chief content protection officer.