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

From Ben Affleck's dealmaker to Keith Olbermann's (Republican) pit bull, The Hollywood Reporter's definitive list of the best in the business.

Mark Leibowitz

This story first appeared in the May 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Behind nearly every dustup, bust-up, big deal and boldfaced name in Hollywood are the 100 behind-the- scenes players on the following pages. Although diverse in their legal practices (Disney corporate lawyer Brian McCarthy probably never has been mentioned on the same pages as celebrity divorce maven Laura Wasser), what they have in common is influence over how Hollywood operates.

Consider the ability of dealmakers Jim Jackoway and Alan Wertheimer to keep up with serial multitasker J.J. Abrams as he transitions from Star Trek to Star Wars and balances four TV shows. Litigator Patricia Glaser's $50 million lawsuit for Keith Olbermann extricated him from Current TV and positioned him to move to another network. And even moguls need lawyers, as CBS' Leslie Moonves proved when he posed for a photo with his dealmaker Allen Grubman (who calls Moonves "a star in the business arena").

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Think of THR's Power Lawyers list, now in its seventh year, as a handbook featuring the industry's most effective problem-solvers.

How the Power Lawyers list is chosen

To determine Hollywood's 100 most influential attorneys (listed in alphabetical order -- it's impossible to rank them), THR researches the biggest deals and legal cases of the past year. Lawyers are identified as talent dealmakers, litigators or corporate dealmakers and evaluated against their peers based on cases won/nature of deals closed as well as their reputation within the entertainment legal community. In-house studio, network or talent agency legal executives are not eligible (it's too difficult to gauge influence within a corporate structure). Music and Broadway lawyers are evaluated separately against their peers.

Profiles written by Matthew Belloni, Alex Ben Block, Paul Bond, Tina Daunt, Stephen Galloway, Eriq Gardner, Shirley Halperin, Jonathan Handel, Brandon Kirby, Borys Kit, Pamela McClintock, Lacey Rose, Tatiana Siegel
 and Rebecca Sun.

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Talent
  1. Karl Austen

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  2. Jake Bloom

    Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodmanread more

  3. Skip Brittenham

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  4. John Branca

    Ziffren Brittenham read more

  5. Harold Brown

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brownread more

  6. Melanie Cook

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  7. Warren Dern, Jason Sloane, Robert Offer, David Weber

    Sloane Offer Weber & Dernread more

  8. Craig Emanuel

    Loeb & Loebread more

  9. Patti Felker

    Felker Toczek Gellman Suddlesonread more

  10. Sam Fischer

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  11. Howard Fishman

    Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishmanread more

  12. David Fox

    Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Lightread more

  13. John Frankenheimer

    Loeb & Loebread more

  14. Matt Galsor

    Greenberg Gluskerread more

  15. Seth Gelblum

    Loeb & Loebread more

  16. Michael Gendler

    Gendler & Kellyread more

  17. Cliff 
Gilbert-Lurie

    Ziffren Brittenham read more

  18. Carlos Goodman

    Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodmanread more

  19. Eric Greenspan

    Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Lightread more

  20. Allen Grubman

    Grubman Indursky Shire & Meiselasread more

  21. Tom Hansen

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kallerread more

  22. Alan Hergott

    Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodmanread more

  23. Barry Hirsch

    Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishmanread more

  24. Craig Jacobson

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kallerread more

  25. Jim Jackoway and Alan Wertheimer

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  26. Matthew Johnson

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  27. Joel Katz

    Greenberg Traurigread more

  28. Deborah Klein

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  29. David Lande

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  30. Jared Levine

    Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohnerread more

  31. Linda Lichter

    Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldmanread more

  32. David Matlof

    Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishmanread more

  33. James Mandelbaum

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  34. Joel McKuin

    McKuin Frankel Whitehead read more

  35. Darrell D. Miller

    Fox Rothschildread more

  36. Kenny Meiselas

    Grubman Indursky Shire & Meiselasread more

  37. Jon Moonves

    Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano read more

  38. Marcy Morris

    Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Kleinread more

  39. Bob Myman

    Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Lightread more

  40. Peter Nelson

    Nelson Davis Wetzsteinread more

  41. Jeanne Newman

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kallerread more

  42. Don Passman

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brownread more

  43. Lee Phillips

    Manatt Phelps & Phillipsread more

  44. Bruce Ramer

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brownread more

  45. Ken Richman

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kallerread more

  46. Lawrence Rose

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brownread more

  47. Nancy Rose

    Schreck Rose Dapello & Adamsread more

  48. Ira Schreck

    Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams read more

  49. P.J. Shapiro

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  50. Nina Shaw

    Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano read more

  51. Gary Stiffelman

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  52. Fred Toczek

    Felker Toczek Gellman Suddlesonread more

  53. Steve Warren

    Hansen Jacobson Teller Hoberman Newman Warren Richman Rush & Kallerread more

  54. Laura Wasser

    Wasser Cooperman & Carterread more

  55. Bryan Wolf

    Ziffren Brittenhamread more

  56. Kevin Yorn

    Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohnerread more