Power Lawyers: THR Unveils America's Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys
Columbia Law School
Why he matters: Mayerson calls himself the go-to lawyer for "capital looking to find safe investment structures in Hollywood." The co-chair of his firm's corporate, media and entertainment division, he oversees one of Hollywood's most active film-finance practices and counsels banks including City National, Bank of America and OneWest. During the past year, he has advised studios including Universal, Paramount and MGM on pay TV deals. Other clients include Endgame Releasing, which has a $150 million fund to market movies including Looper; real estate mogul Norton Herrick, who has done 10 transactions in movies including 2 Guns with Denzel Washington; and entertainment banker Michael Mendelsohn, who is relaunching his movie finance company Union Patriot Capital.
Key deal: Mayerson is working with a foreign investor on a $700 million studio slate deal. "The enormous growth of wealth has spawned rich people and children of rich people from all over the world interested in movies and TV," he says. "We're seeing more deal flow today than any time since the 2008 crash."