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

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    Power Lawers 2012
    Howard Fishman
    Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman

    USC School of Law

    Why he matters: The laid-back surfer closed big deals this
year for Rachel McAdams
 (the upcoming About Time), Noomi Rapace (to star opposite Tom Hardy in Animal Rescue) and Hailee Steinfeld (this fall’s Ender’s Game), among others. He also handled Christina Hendricks’ Johnnie Walker endorsement deal and helped put her in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Kill a Monster.

    Big deal: After weeks of top-secret negotiations, client Seth Meyers landed NBC’s Late Night hosting gig, a deal Fishman shepherded with his longtime dealmaking partner David Matlof, with whom he’s worked for 17 years. He says, “The ‘two heads are better than one’ concept is a very useful tool in negotiation.”

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