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Power Lawyers 2010

Don't let the smiles fool you. These are Hollywood's 100 fiercest advocates.

Dan Busta

The e-mails arrive in our inbox every couple of weeks.

Someone is desperately -- desperately! -- looking for a great Hollywood lawyer. Maybe it's an author fielding offers to turn her novel into a movie. Or a TV producer upset that a new reality show looks awfully similar to the concept he pitched a year ago. They invariably ask whether the editor of a blog devoted to entertainment law (THREsq.com) can offer a recommendation or two. Well, consider this issue to be one giant "reply all."

For The Hollywood Reporter's fourth edition of Power Lawyers, we researched the biggest deals and lawsuits of the year in film, television and music to zero in on the 100 attorneys who are most influencing the entertainment business. Only outside, private practice attorneys are eligible (no in-house studio, network or music-label execs), nor do we include guild or agency lawyers, professors or non-U.S. attorneys.

We've broken down the list into specialties (talent, litigation, corporate dealmaking and labor), hopefully creating a comprehensive resource filled only with great Hollywood lawyers. Still can't find one? Please don't shoot us an e-mail. -- Matthew Belloni

Click the categories below to access the list in each specialty.

Talent
  1. Alan Hergott

    Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal & LaViolette Feldman & Goodmanread more

  2. Alan Wertheimer

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  3. Allen Grubman

    Grubman Indursky & Shireread more

  4. Barry Hirsch

    Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman read more

  5. Bob Myman

    Myman Abell Fineman Fox Greenspan Lightread more

  6. Bruce Ramer

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brownread more

  7. Bryan Wolf

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  8. Cliff Gilbert-Lurie

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  9. Craig Jacobson

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren & Richmanread more

  10. David Fox

    Myman Abell Fineman Fox Greenspan Lightread more

  11. David Lande

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  12. Debbie Klein

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  13. Don Passman

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brownread more

  14. Ernie Del

    Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcanoread more

  15. Gary Stiffelman

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  16. Harold Brown

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brownread more

  17. Jake Bloom

    Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal & LaViolette Feldman & Goodmanread more

  18. Jason Sloane

    Sloane Offer Weber & Dernread more

  19. Jeanne Newman

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren & Richmanread more

  20. Jim Jackoway

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  21. Joel Katz

    Greenberg Traurigread more

  22. Joel McKuin

    McKuin Frankel Whiteheadread more

  23. John Branca

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  24. Karl Austen

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  25. Ken Richman

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren & Richmanread more

  26. Kenneth Kleinberg

    Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy & Kleinread more

  27. Kevin Yorn

    Morris Yorn Barnes & Levineread more

  28. Lawrence Rose

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brownread more

  29. Lee Phillips

    Manatt Phelps & Phillipsread more

  30. Linda Lichter

    Lichter Grossman Nichols & Adlerread more

  31. Matt Johnson

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  32. Melanie Cook

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  33. Michael Gendler

    Gendler & Kelleyread more

  34. Nina Shaw

    Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcanoread more

  35. Patti Felker

    Felker Toczek Gellman Suddlesonread more

  36. Paul Schindler

    Greenberg Traurigread more

  37. Peter Nelson

    Nelson Davis Wetzstein read more

  38. Robert Offer

    Sloane Offer Weber & Dernread more

  39. Sam Fischer

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  40. Skip Brittenham

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  41. Steve Warren

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren & Richmanread more

  42. Tom Hansen

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren & Richmanread more

  43. Warren Dern

    Sloane Offer Weber & Dernread more