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Power Lawyers 2015: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys Revealed

See THR’s Power Lawyers 2015 List on THR.com

See Bryan Freedman’s THR’s Power Lawyers 2015 page on THR.com

Dry legal wonks? Hardly. Cyberattacks, nude iPhone photos, runaway agents, sex scandals — it’s all in a day’s work for this year’s crop of the industry’s most powerful lawyers.

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.

A Pictoral list of THR’s Power Lawyers 2015 is displayed.

Tom K. Ara – Corporate

Karl Austen – Talent

Jake Bloom – Talent

Chrostiopher D. Brearton – Corporate

Skip Brittenham – Talent

Horld Borwn – Talent

John Burke – Corporate

Richard S. Busch – Litigator

Joseph Calabrese – Corporate

Lindsay Conner – Corporate

Melanie Cook – Talent

Robert Darwell – Corporate

Warren Dern – Talent

Scott Edelman – Litigator

David Eisman – Corporate

Craig Emanuel – Talent

Bonnie Eskenazi – Litigator

James Feldman – Talent

Patti Felker – Talent

Bert Fields – Litigator

Sam Fischer – Talent

Ruth Fisher – Corporate

David Fox – Talent

Russell Frackman – Litigator

photo: 'Bryan Freedman' | (Credits:Courtesy of Bryan Freedman)
photo: ‘Bryan Freedman’ | (Credits:Courtesy of Bryan Freedman)

Bryan Freedman – Litigator

Freedman & Taitelman
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

WHY HE MATTERS: He’s the guy repping UTA against CAA’s claims that the agency illegally poached 11 agents during March’s big defection. In 2014, he helped several stars (he won’t name names) deal with the nude photo iCloud hack.

IF HE COULD SUE ANY FICTIONAL CHARACTER: “Vincent Chase from Entourage for commissions he owed Ari Gold.”

John Gatti – Litigator

Seth Gelblum – Talent

Harvey Geller – Litigator

Michael Gendler – Talent

Cliff Gilbert-Lurie – Talent

Patty Glaser – Litigator

Carlos Goodman – Talent

Josh Grode – Corporate

Allen Grubman – Talent

Tom Hansen – Talent

Alan Gergott – Talent

Barry Hirsch – Talent

Jim Jackoway – Talent

Craig Jacobson – Talent

Matthew Johnson – Talent

Neville Johnson – Litigator

Joel Katz – Talent

Martin Katz – Litigator

Bruce Keller – Litigator

Richard Kendall – Litigator

Howard King – Litigator

Dale Kinsella – Litigator

Deborah Klein – Talent

Ken Kleinberg – Talent

Michael Kump – Litigator

David Lande – Talent

Bob Lange – Talent

Linda Lichter – Talent

Steve Marenberg – Litigator

Kevin Masuda – Corporate

Mickey Mayerson – Corporate

Joel McKuin – Talent

Jon Moonves – Talent

Schuyler Moore – Corporate

Aaron Moss – Litigator

Bob Myman – Talent

Peter Nelson – Talent

Jeanne Newman – Talent

Peter Nichols – Talent

Robert Offer – Talent

Anthony Oncidi – Litigator

Charles Ortner – Litigator

Jodi Peikoff – Talent

Daniel Petrocelli – Litigator

Michael Plonsker – Litigator

Glenn Pomerantz – Litigator

Marvin Putnam – Litigator

Bruce Ramer – Talent

Ken Richman – Talent

Lawrence Rose – Talent

Nancy Rose – Talent

Matthew Rosengart – Litigator

Gretchen Rush – Talent

Kelli Sager – Litigator

Michael Schenkman – Talent

Ira Schreck – Talent

Robert Schwartz – Litigator

P.J. Shapiro – Talent

Nina Shaw – Talent

Martin Singer – Litigator

Jason Sloane – Talent

Larry Stein – Litigator

Richard L. Stone – Litigator

Matthew Thompson – Corporate

Bruce Tobey – Corporate

Fred Toczek – Talent

Steve Warren – Talent

David Weber – Talent

Howard Weitzman – Litigator

Alan Wertheimer – Talent

Alonzo Wickers – Litigator

Bryan Wolf – Talent

Kevin Yorn – Talent

Ken Ziffren – Talent

Susan Zuckerman Williams – Corporate

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