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This story first appeared in the May 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
If you want a friend in Washington, Harry Truman once advised, get a dog. If you want one in Hollywood, though, you should probably get a lawyer. Preferably one of the 100 listed here in THR‘s eighth annual Power Lawyers issue. When the biggest stars and highest-ranking execs find themselves in trouble (or want to cause some), these are the men and women they turn to in order to dig their way out (or in). And over the past year, there’s been enough trouble, along with dealmaking, to keep nearly all of L.A.’s top entertainment attorneys busy.
In the fall, for instance, after hackers uploaded tens of thousands of confidential Sony emails onto the Internet, it was lawyers who were called in to clean up the mess. When riffs from an old Marvin Gaye tune ended up in a song where they didn’t belong — that’d be Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” — it was the lawyers who made things better (or at least got a $7.3 million verdict for Gaye’s family). When naked pictures were stolen from celebrity iCloud accounts, or when a swarm of agents took flight from CAA to UTA, or when the family of a famous reggae singer wanted to license his name for a brand of pot, it was always the lawyers from this list who rode to the rescue. In this year’s issue, THR adds a slew of new names, poses some new questions (latest splurge, secret passion) and, as always, salutes all those on it for once again raising the bar.
Pictured above: “I’m sure [Thicke and Williams] probably wondered who this guy from Nashville, Tenn., is, but they know now,” Richard S. Busch (left) said after winning the “Blurred Lines” trial for Gaye’s family. He and Marvin’s ex-wife, Janis Gaye, and attorney Mark Levinsohn, who brought Busch onto the case, were photographed April 20 at Industria in New York City.
View more exclusive portraits from The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers issue below.
Raising the Bar honoree Andrew Gumpert was photographed April 23 on the Sony lot in Culver City.
Melanie Cook and client Chadwick Boseman were photographed April 17 at The Redbury in Hollywood.
From left: Gretchen Rush and ‘Game of Thrones’ creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were photographed April 22 in Hollywood.
Karl Austen and client Jill Soloway were photographed April 23 at Austen’s law offices in Century City.
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