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Power Lawyers 2011

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The quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) forces behind every deal, dispute and decision in Hollywood are honored in The Hollywood Reporter’s fifth annual list.

Joe Pugliese

In early 2007 when the idea first surfaced here to do a power list of the top Hollywood lawyers, I called up one of the town’s most respected talent attorneys to see what he thought. “Great idea,” he said. “But no one will talk to you.” After all, the inner circle of entertainment lawyers had always been an impenetrable cabal that -- unlike studio executives, agents and managers -- hated seeing their names in print. It took hundreds of phone calls (and, yes, some begging), but nearly everyone in that first Power Lawyers issue agreed to be interviewed, and most showed up (some from New York and Nashville) for our breakfast, now an annual tradition.

Five years later, with the franchise fully formed and a true resource for the top names in litigation, corporate and talent dealmaking, I called up that same attorney to spitball ideas for this issue. Perhaps, I wondered, we could get the three feuding lawyers on the Charlie Sheen case to pose for a photo together. “Great idea,” he said. “But they’ll never do it.” (See above.) Even amid an unresolved and often rancorous arbitration, they all said yes. Case closed.              

The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers 2011 list is broken down into the following categories:

Talent Dealmakers: Gross points, rich backends and franchise hunting: These attorneys for A-list stars keep them in the stratosphere.

Litigation Specialists: These hired guns can go all the way to trial to right a wrong in an industry where the rules are not always black, white or even fair.

The Troubleshooters: Plenty of Los Angeles lawyers handle high-stakes criminal cases and rich divorces, but it takes a special skill to expertly navigate both the legal issues and the glare of a rapturous media.

Corporate Dealmakers: The men and women behind the big-ticket transactions that keep money flowing to Hollywood.

METHODOLOGY: For a fifth year, THR canvassed the showbiz landscape to determine the attorneys behind the year’s biggest deals and cases. Candidates are evaluated against their peers (litigators vs. litigators, dealmakers vs. dealmakers), and we added a category this year for “troubleshooters,” those handling criminal and divorce cases. Studio, network and music label lawyers were not considered, with the exception of Jonathan Anschell, the Raising the Bar honoree, an in-house executive who was chosen in consultation with several top attorneys on the Power Lawyers list.  

Click here to see the Power Lawyers 2010 list.

Click below to view the lawyers in this year's list:

Talent
  1. Karl Austen

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  2. John Branca

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  3. Melanie Cook

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  4. Craig Emanuel

    Loeb & Loebread more

  5. Patti Felker

    Felker Toczek Gellman Suddlesonread more

  6. Sam Fischer

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  7. David Fox

    Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Lightread more

  8. Seth Gelblum

    Loeb & Loebread more

  9. Michael Gendler

    Gendler & Kellyread more

  10. Cliff Gilbert-Lurie

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  11. Carlos Goodman

    Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodmanread more

  12. Tom Hansen

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kallerread more

  13. Alan Hergott

    Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodmanread more

  14. Barry Hirsch

    Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishmanread more

  15. Jim Jackoway

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  16. Craig Jacobson

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kallerread more

  17. Matthew Johnson

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  18. Joel Katz

    Greenberg Traurigread more

  19. Deborah Klein

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  20. Linda Lichter

    Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldmanread more

  21. Joel McKuin

    McKuin Frankel Whiteheadread more

  22. Jon Moonves

    Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcanoread more

  23. Kevin Morris

    Morris Yorn Barnes & Levineread more

  24. Kenneth Kleinberg

    Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy & Kleinread more

  25. David Lande

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  26. David Matlof

    Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishmanread more

  27. Marcy Morris

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  28. Bob Myman

    Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Lightread more

  29. Peter Nelson

    Nelson Davis Wetzsteinread more

  30. Jeanne Newman

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kallerread more

  31. Robert Offer

    Sloane Offer Weber & Dernread more

  32. Don Passman

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brownread more

  33. Lee Phillips

    Manatt, Phelps & Phillipsread more

  34. Bruce Ramer

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brownread more

  35. Ken Richman

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kallerread more

  36. Lawrence Rose

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brownread more

  37. Ira Schreck

    Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitzread more

  38. Nina Shaw

    Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcanoread more

  39. Jason Sloane

    Sloane Offer Weber & Dernread more

  40. Doug Stone

    Stone Meyer Genowread more

  41. Gary Stiffelman

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  42. Steve Warren

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kallerread more

  43. Alan Wertheimer

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  44. Bryan Wolf

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  45. Ken Ziffren & Skip Brittenham

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  46. Jake Bloom

    Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodmanread more

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