So you want to be an Entertainment Lawyer.
It’s so glamorous. We sip champagne with celebrities at fancy parties.
In reality, on the transactional side, we manage legal matters, draft, negotiate, and counsel on contracts for artists, employees, companies, and individuals involved in all areas of the entertainment industry, including film, TV, music, sports, theater, and digital media.
The litigation side includes resolving typical business disputes: contracts, torts, employment insurance etc., by filing lawsuits or through mediation or arbitration that happen to involve movies, TV shows, studios, and celebrities.
Entertainment law is a demanding field requiring a firm understanding of areas like contract labor law, and intellectual property and extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the entertainment industry.
There are very few openings, compared to the number of available attorneys, making it challenging to break into.
Success often hinges on building and maintaining relationships, contacts, grit, and passion — a lot like the actors we represent.
A good rule to follow: be ambitious but not so aggressive that people cross the street to avoid you.