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

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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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Litigation
  1. Lincoln Bandlow

    Lathrop & Gageread more

  2. Richard Busch

    King & Ballowread more

  3. Richard Charnley

    Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentleyread more

  4. Scott Edelman

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcherread more

  5. Bonnie Eskenazi

    Greenberg Gluskerread more

  6. Bert Fields

    Greenberg Gluskerread more

  7. Russell Frackman

    Mitchell Silberberg & Knuppread more

  8. Bryan Freedman

    Freedman & Taitelmanread more

  9. John Gatti

    Stroockread more

  10. Patricia Glaser

    Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiroread more

  11. Charles Harder

    Harder Mirell & Abramsread more

  12. Mark Holscher

    Kirkland & Ellisread more

  13. Neville Johnson

    Johnson & Johnsonread more

  14. Martin Katz

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hamptonread more

  15. Richard Kendall

    Kendall Brill & Kliegerread more

  16. Howard King

    King Holmes Paterno & Berlinerread more

  17. Dale Kinsella

    Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisertread more

  18. Barry Langberg

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreckread more

  19. Adam Levin

    Mitchell Silberberg & Knuppread more

  20. Steve Marenberg

    Irell & Manellaread more

  21. Louis "Skip" Miller

    Miller Barondessread more

  22. Daniel Petrocelli

    O'Melveny & Myersread more

  23. Kelli Sager

    Davis Wright Tremaineread more

  24. Robert "Bobby" Schwartz

    O’Melveny & Myersread more

  25. Marty Singer

    Lavely & Singerread more

  26. Larry Stein

    Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor read more

  27. Richard Stone

    Jenner & Blockread more

  28. Howard Weitzman

    Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert read more

  29. Alonzo Wickers

    Davis Wright Tremaineread more

  30. Jonathan Zavin

    Loeb & Loebread more

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