Power Lawyers 2012
Often called the dean of Hollywood lawyers, Ziffren and his namesake law firm are credited with inventing the boutique entertainment law firm in the 1980s, as well as pioneering the way TV talent is paid and successfully mediating the 1988 WGA strike. These days, the wine aficionado and UCLA law professor often acts as a behind-the-scenes deal adviser to such corporate clients as Starz and the Television Academy, for which he closed a new TV deal to rotate the Emmys broadcast among the Big 4 networks. He presides proudly over what even his rivals agree is the most influential and profitable law firm in Hollywood. His secret? "Preparation and experience," he says.
➻ First client: Steve McQueen. "Steve's agent, Freddie Fields, introduced us. He was quiet, perceptive and charismatic."