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LeClairRyan's Entertainment Industry team handles an array of legal matters in all areas of entertainment and media. With a client list as diverse as the entertainment industry itself, our industry team consistently achieves maximum strategic advantages for our clients. The entertainment industry clients we represent include: 

  • Actors 
  • Directors 
  • Producers 
  • Screenwriters 
  • Composers 
  • Recording artists 
  • Authors 
  • Publishers 
  • Managers 
  • Booking agents 
  • Independent production companies 
  • Financiers 
  • Distributors 
  • Exhibitors 
  • Major entertainment studios
  • Film Festivals

Having received industry recognition from such business and peer-to-peer organizations as Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers for corporate and litigation matters, our industry team is composed of talented attorneys who possess both the experience and resources necessary to ensure our entertainment clients maximize their business value.

Our distinctive strengths include: 

  • Drafting and negotiating a variety of film, television and music contracts, licenses and agreements 
  • Negotiating employment agreements for entertainment industry executives, talent agents and managers 
  • Representing producers, talent and video game developers in contract drafting and negotiations 
  • Representing major theatrical distributors and motion picture exhibitors in antitrust, unfair trade practices and commercial litigation 
  • Advising and representing clients regarding online and digital media issues 
  • Representing various authors of "how to" books, fiction and nonfiction novels 
  • Litigating claims related to copyright and trademark infringement, patent, antitrust, unfair trade practices, right of publicity, false light, inappropriate use of name and likeness, and defamation 
  • Estate planning and tax-related services 
  • Incorporations and business formation services
  • Defense against personal injury claims

In addition, several of our attorneys have a unique insider's perspective, with real-world experience as executives, producers, and musicians, and active memberships in such entertainment organizations as SAG, ASCAP and NARAS.

Our team members combine the personal attention of a boutique-sized firm with the breadth of experience found in a nationwide, multi-office firm, to provide a truly interdisciplinary approach to entertainment law. We work collaboratively to provide entertainment professionals with legal strategies as well as business solutions.


  • Industry Team Leader