Most transactional entertainment, digital media and branding lawyers function like talent agents for entertainers. They’re brought deals and work from deal to deal, contract to contract.
Not Paul. He functions more like a manager for his North American, European and Asian clients. He’s always focused on their “macro” objectives, not just on the individual contracts or transactions that are only a part of them. He uses his unique background to help them map out and implement a strategy for their long-term success.
It’s a stretch to say Paul’s seen it all, but during his over 30 years in practice, he’s dealt with nearly every business issue in every business that involves intellectual property, digital media or entertainment.
This Law From a Macro Perspective SM approach combines:
• Paul's experience as a contract litigator for over fifteen years. This taught him what can go wrong with a contract and ways to prevent it. In over 30 years, he's never had a contract he wrote broken by the other side;
• Paul having always represented clients in many facets of an industry. So, he has a “10,000 foot” view and unique understanding of how all the moving parts of a deal need to interact for a client to be successful and structures, negotiates and clearly write contracts accordingly and in plain English;
• Paul's practical experience on the creative side of entertainment and media projects. He understands how the delicate balance between the business and creative elements needs to be accommodated in a deal/contract.
Paul gets involved with his clients as early as possible in their overall creative and business endeavors. This allows him to identify and avoid problems that could make his clients accomplishing their objectives less likely and unnecessarily expensive.
Understanding and having a passion for a client's business or project is just as important as understanding and having a passion for the law. Paul has both.
Unique traits: He has been repeatedly profiled in Who’s Who in American Law and has spoken at, been interviewed by or written for Entertainment Law and Finance, Associated Press, Bandwidth Conference, Digital Music News, L.A. Daily Journal, L.A. Lawyer, South by Southwest, Musexpo, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, California Copyright Conference, Digital L.A., National Association of Record Business Professionals, California Lawyers for the Arts, the UCLA, USC and Loyola Law School Music Business Seminars, and UCLA Extension, among others.
• Author, “Preventing Idea Submissions From Being Stolen”, Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, 26th Annual Entertainment Law Issue. This article was recently chosen as “…one of the best law review articles published within the last year in the field of entertai