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How a New L.A. Law Firm Is Linking Hollywood and Social Action

In a Hollywood that has grown increasingly transient — where org charts have biannual overhauls and where agents become managers become producers become etc. — the entertainment law firms stand as industry anchors, litigating and negotiating the rest of the tumult. This is why it is particularly notable when a new firm joins the scrum. […]

Hollywood’s Top Law Schools: 11 Colleges and Universities Where THR’s Power Lawyers Got Their Start

From California mainstays like UCLA and USC to East Coast Ivies such as Harvard and Cornell, these institutions are best poised to prepare the next generation of entertainment lawyers.

From Negotiating Justin Timberlake’s ‘Trolls’ Return to John Legend’s Catalog Sale: Meet the Top Music Lawyers of 2022

Handling everything from albums, tours and merchandise to brand partnerships and NFTs, these are the lawyers hired by the industry’s biggest names.

Britney Spears’ Attorney Explains Why He Took on the Out-of-the-Ordinary Case

For 13 years, nine months and 12 days, Britney Spears languished in a conservatorship as the whole world watched. Despite her legion of fans across the globe demanding for more than a decade that the court #FreeBritney, nothing changed — until everything did. On June 23, Spears appeared remotely before L.A. County Superior Court Judge […]

THR’s Raising the Bar Honoree: The Lawyer Who Helped Turn Amazon Studios Into a Powerhouse

It’s a bit hard to imagine during the height of the streaming era, but Ajay Patel remembers the days when Amazon didn’t even have an office in Los Angeles. Back in 2012, when the lawyer joined the tech behemoth after nearly eight years at Sony, he found himself holing up at SoCal Starbucks shops for […]

Power Lawyers 2022: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys

As Hollywood looks to rebound amid the new normal and reinvent its business practices, it’s the entertainment industry’s top attorneys who are settling strife between studios and stars, navigating big-ticket mergers and exploring issues involving NFTs and the metaverse.

Power Lawyers 2022: Five of Hollywood’s Legal Legends

From negotiating groundbreaking, glass ceiling-shattering deals for top female talent to handling landmark litigation, the work of these industry icons has earned them legend status.

Power Lawyers 2021: New York’s Top 20 Entertainment Attorneys

From staging Broadway shows to helping stars launch beauty lines, these NYC lawyers are at the top of the game.

Power Lawyers 2022: Nominations Are Open for The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Attorneys List

The Hollywood Reporter is now accepting nominations for its 16th annual Power Lawyers feature, which highlights the 100 most influential attorneys in the entertainment industry. Each year, THR’s editors extensively vet the attorneys who are negotiating cutting edge, top-dollar deals and handling the industry’s most significant litigation. As part of the selection process, THR accepts […]

Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Is Over

Britney Spears has been freed from her longstanding conservatorship. On Friday, an L.A. judge granted a petition to terminate the 13-year arrangement during a hearing that lasted less than 30 minutes. Despite the rise of the #FreeBritney movement, and years of speculation from fans that the singer was unhappy in the conservatorship, nothing changed until […]

Power Lawyers: New York Nominations Are Open

Do you know a New York Power Lawyer? Now’s the time to nominate them for The Hollywood Reporter‘s feature highlighting the most influential attorneys in the entertainment industry who are based on the East Coast. This feature is an extension of the long-running Power Lawyers franchise and focuses on NYC-area attorneys — with an emphasis […]

“I Don’t Flinch in the Face of Adversity”: Shawn Holley Talks Name Partner Status and Career Highlights

Shawn Holley has long been a respected pillar of the legal community, and now her name is on the door of one of Hollywood’s top entertainment law firms. The new Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley moniker not only acknowledges Holley’s achievements but also continues honoring the legacy of the late Howard Weitzman, the firm’s co-founder […]