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An Entertainment Attorney is a Lawyer who’s paid to represent clients in legal matters. But your clients work in television, film, radio, theater, music, and publishing.
The tabloids are full of those juicy celebrity exploits. An Actor who destroyed a hotel room in a drunken rage. A Director who walked off the set of his latest film, citing “creative differences.” A Musician who was arrested for drugs. For the general public, it’s pure theater. For an Entertainment Attorney, however, it’s just another day at the office.
When you’re an Entertainment Attorney, Actors, Singers, Directors, Producers, Writers pay you to defend and protect their interests. You’re part of an entourage that typically includes Talent Managers, Publicists, and Personal Assistants.
Your duties typically fall into one of two categories. The first is transactional law, which involves helping clients create, review, and enforce contracts. In this capacity, you usually spend your time drafting written agreements between your clients and their business partners, as well as negotiating and enforcing contract terms.
The second category is litigation, which involves representing clients in lawsuits that are brought either by or against them. For example, the entertainment industry is rife with lawsuits over intellectual property infringements, financial disputes, and libel accusations.
In the event of a third category—criminal law—you’ll likely refer your clients to a Criminal Lawyer, although you may consult or advise them on their case. Although it sounds glamorous, your job as an Entertainment Attorney isn’t movie premiers and set visits; first and foremost, it’s still the law.