Meet the pit bulls, fixers, wheelers and dealers on Hollywood Reporter’s 13th annual power list of the top attorneys negotiating record-shattering Netflix pacts, merging Disney and Fox, suppressing sex tapes and suing studios for billions. You got a problem with that?
Freedman & Taitelman
UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
Why he matters: After Megyn Kelly was ousted at NBC News when she appeared to defend the use of blackface in Halloween costumes, she turned to Freedman, who secured the full $69 million stipulated in her contract. He helped settle former Paramount TV president Amy Powell’s gender bias claim after she was fired over allegations that she made racially insensitive remarks. He’s also been enlisted in attorney Jake Bloom’s dispute with former client Johnny Depp and is representing Michael Jackson’s estate in its suit against HBO over doc Leaving Neverland.
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If I wasn’t a lawyer, I’d be … “A lawyer.”