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

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    Talent
    Melanie Cook
    Melanie Cook
    Ziffren Brittenham

    UCLA School of Law

    Why she matters: The first (and currently only) female name partner at the powerful Ziffren firm, Cook handles mega-producer Scott Rudin (including his rich pact to produce the next Cameron Crowe movie for Sony and his new film-finance venture with Barry Diller) as well as such stars as Carey Mulligan and Keanu Reeves and filmmakers Nancy Meyers (the upcoming royal-wedding-themed project at Sony) and Tim Burton (Big Eyes and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children). The travel buff (you’ll find her surfing in Costa Rica) and generous mentor (she supports THR’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters program) also is working to launch a Wicked movie written by client Winnie Holzman.

    Big deal: Cook’s work for director client Sam Mendes (American Beauty) led to the mega-grossing Skyfall: “Now he has an Oscar and a billion-dollar movie!”

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