I advise companies and talent about their entertainment and internet related ventures. Film financing, production & distribution, music publishing catalog transfers and loans, and strategic corporate advice and counseling for entertainment related companies are particular areas of expertise. I also handle minor's contract approval processes for talent and employers.
After serving 16 years as a music, film and television lawyer, I became the General Counsel, then Chief Financial Officer, and Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and Public Policy at Prodigy Communications, the on line service. I was part of the team that took the company from near bankruptcy, to a purchase from IBM and Sears at $50 million, to a public offering at a valuation of about $1.0 billion, to about $2.0 billion upon my resignation. I then worked and ran several internet companies, and helped raise over $340 million during the internet years.
During my career I've represented Meg Ryan, Cathy Lee Crosby, Rip Torn, Jimmy Webb, Herb Ritts, Lamont Dozier, Brian and Eddie Holland, Ronan Tynan, Julianne Moore, numerous soap opera actors and others. Companies included Prodigy, Carlin Music, EMI Music Publishing, Casablanca Media, Handmade Films, Wachovia Bank and others.
New York University School of Law
Professional Associations & Memberships
Founding Chairman, NYS Bar Association Section on Entertainment Arts and Sports Law.
Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law and three area colleges and law schools.
Former Chair, The Internet Alliance
The Copyright Society of the USA
Independent Filmmaker Project
New York Women in Film & Television
Association of Independent Music Publishers
American Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Section
Honors and Awards
Phi Beta Kappa,
Chambers USA, Guide to leading business lawyers in the US, 2006 - 2010
Superlawyers, New York, 2008, 2009