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Entertainment



We help clients in music, TV, film, new media and book publishing position themselves as worldwide brands.

Our approach

The consumption of entertainment content will continue to evolve at a rapid pace and so must our approach to guiding clients. Our job is to help clients navigate this new and evolving environment and diversify the types of content they participate in, produce and endorse. Our entertainment attorneys help clients find the right strategic partners, creatively structure deals and protect their rights across all entertainment platforms.

We understand the drivers of your business from the talent and corporate side, since many of the attorneys in our entertainment group have worked in music, fashion and digital media before joining our firm. With this unique experience, we offer clients an unparalleled level of industry insight and knowledge when dealing with entertainment issues and transactions.

We think and act like entrepreneurs and business partners of our clients. Our team helps clients evaluate risks and strategic opportunities. Our clients rely on us to be their trusted advisor to help navigate their legal matters. We love working side by side with all different types of artists and entertainers to help them grow, expand and protect their business.

Who we work with

  • Superstar talent in music, TV, film, live theater, book publishing, fashion and digital media
  • Established and start-up production companies operating in both scripted and unscripted media
  • Major broadcast and cable television networks
  • Consumer products companies that engage talent and license entertainment content
  • Established and start-up fashion brands

Pitbull, The-Dream, Gallant & music insiders share 2017 predictions

Billboard | January 09, 2017

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is quoted in this roundup of music industry predictions for 2017.

A Tribe Called Quest signs with CAA

Billboard | November 14, 2016

Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Julian Petty is mentioned as legal representative for A Tribe Called Quest in this article about the group’s signing with Creative Arts Agency for worldwide representation.

The Notorious B.I.G.'s Family Talks Managing His Life after Death

Billboard Magazine | October 06, 2016

Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Julian Petty is featured in this article highlighting the team who manages the Estate of Notorious B.I.G.

Executive Style Office: Musical Cues

Los Angeles Business Journal | October 03, 2016

This feature article showcases Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Julian Petty, leader of the firm’s entertainment practice, and his work through photos of his office and the mementos he’s collected through the years.

The Styled Side: Style and Legal Hurdles at the Olympics

KPCC-FM (NPR Los Angeles affiliate) | August 10, 2016

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about controversies surrounding corporate sponsorships at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Notorious B.I.G. Will Have His Life & Lyrics Turned Into A TBS Scripted Series

The YBF | July 30, 2016

Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is noted as representing Bystorm Films and Notorious B.I.G., LLC, on a scripted series for TBS that will loosely incorporate Biggie’s life and lyrics.

Attorney Pours It On

Los Angeles Business Journal | July 11, 2016

Los Angeles associate Ellie Altshuler is featured in this spotlight highlighting her work with entertainment and fashion clients.

Beats, Rhymes and Law for Nixon Peabody's Julian Petty

American Lawyer | March 23, 2016

This article profiles Los Angeles partner Julian Petty. Click here to read the full article.

#FreeKesha Puts a Legal Battle in a Public Spotlight

NPR | February 23, 2016

Los Angeles partner Julian Petty is quoted in this story discussing the #FreeKesha movement supporting the pop singer as she fights her recording contract with Sony. Throughout the piece, he provides third-party commentary on how public support is playing into the legal battle. Click here to read the full article.

Warner, Notorious BIG Estate Duck Songwriter's IP Suit

Law360 | December 22, 2015

Partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty and associates Neal Gauger and Seth Berman are mentioned in this article for their representation of Warner Music Group, EMI Music Publishing, Big Poppa Music, Bad Boy Records and the estate of Notorious BIG in a case focused on alleged copyright claims involving BIG’s 1994 debut album. Staci provides commentary. Click here to read the full article.

Changing Channels

Fordham Lawyer | December 11, 2015

Partner Julian Petty is featured within this article highlighting Fordham Law alumni prominently involved in the evolution of the way we watch movies and listen to music. Click here for the complete coverage.

Endorsements on Social Media Run Afoul of FTC

Daily Journal | August 26, 2015

Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions associate Ellie Altshuler provides third-party commentary in this feature story on celebrity endorsements of brands or products on social media.

Study Break: Learn fashion law with Loyola Law School

FashInvest | July 24, 2015

This coverage highlights Loyola Law School’s Fashion Law Summer Intensive program focused on what companies need to do in order to develop a brand narrative and all the legal elements necessary to carry that story forward. The program is part of The Fashion Law Project whose executive director is Los Angeles partner and leader of the fashion law practice Staci Riordan. In addition to Staci, Ellie Altshuler and Julian Petty are on the faculty as well.

Hip-Hop Lawyer Julian Petty Keeps L.A.'s Top Rappers from Signing Shady Deals

L.A. Weekly | July 08, 2015

This profile of Julian Petty includes quotes from him on his experience working with clients in the music industry and how he’s helping them navigate the challenges of an evolving industry. A few of Julian’s clients are quoted throughout the profile. Click here for the complete coverage.

Cool Jobs: Entertainment Attorney Julian Petty Talks Going from Intern to Law Firm Partner

Black Enterprise | May 26, 2015

This article profiles Los Angeles partner Julian Petty who has carved out a successful practice advising clients in the entertainment industry. Click here to read the full article.

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