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Power Lawyers: THR Unveils America's Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys

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    Talent
    Bruce Ramer
    Bruce Ramer
    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown

    Harvard Law School

    Why he matters: Ramer's intellectual, hyper-professional style permeates every aspect of the law firm he leads, helping guide the careers of A-list filmmakers (Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, David O. Russell) and even top TV brands (Gordon Ramsay). The secret, he says, is sticking to the deals and not the scripts, a lesson he learned the hard way a few years ago after agreeing to a client's request to read a screenplay over the weekend. "I called on Monday and said, 'Thanks for the joke on me; obviously you're kidding, you'll never do that,' " recalls Ramer. "But he did, albeit with a different title. It was his most successful film ever. He never asked again."

    Big deal: Ramer recently closed Spielberg's pact to make Bradley Cooper's military biopic American Sniper his next movie.

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