Power Lawyers 2011
Her latest battle places Eskenazi in the center of the fight over royalties from digital recordings, downloads, ringtones and more as she represents the family of the late Bob Marley in a closely watched case against Universal Music Group. "They're playing hardball," says Eskenazi, who is preparing for a December trial. "It isn't a huge amount of money, but on a future basis it is critical." A year ago, Eskenazi was celebrating a big settlement with Warner Bros. on behalf of the estate of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien over the mega-grossing films, but even that drags on with a new dispute over whether the studio can license slot machines and online gambling. She also successfully repped special effects company Hydraulx in an arbitration against Sony over alleged copying of visual effects.
GIVING BACK A musical theater fan, Eskenazi does pro bono work for an organization that helps expose new artists to kids in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, and she represents the Festival of the American Musical.