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  • Writer's pictureLindsay Spiller

What is an Entertainment Lawyer?

Updated: Dec 31

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When most people think of lawyers, they think of people who work in a courtroom. However, there are many different types of lawyers, each with their area of expertise. An entertainment lawyer is someone who specializes in the legal aspects of the entertainment industry. This can include things like negotiating contracts, handling copyright and trademark issues, advising on business formation and financing, and resolving disputes.

What are the different types of entertainment lawyers?

There are several different types of entertainment lawyers. For example, some entertainment lawyers may focus on music, while others may focus on film or television. In addition, some entertainment lawyers may represent individual artists, while others may work for studios or production companies. Some lawyers are trial lawyers who handle lawsuits involving entertainment matters; other lawyers are transactional lawyers who draft contracts and negotiate deals.

What are some benefits of engaging an entertainment lawyer?

Many people in the entertainment industry deal with contracts daily. Whether it's a contract for a new movie deal, a record label, or a performance venue, these agreements can be complex and full of legal jargon. Entertainment lawyers are specially trained to understand these contracts and help their clients navigate the sometimes tricky waters of negotiation and deal-making. They can also offer advice on disputes and help to protect their clients' rights. In other words, entertainment lawyers are like a financial safety net for those in the entertainment business. They provide peace of mind and can help to avoid costly mistakes.

Questions to ask when interviewing an entertainment lawyer

Before you hire just any old lawyer, there are a few questions you should ask:

  • What are their fees? This is important to know upfront so there are no surprises later on.

  • Will they be available when you need them? If you're touring or working on a project, you need a lawyer who can keep up with your busy schedule. If you have a question or concern, or worse, an emergency, you want to be able to reach your lawyer without any hassle.

  • How quickly can they turn around documents? Sometimes, contracts need to be prepared quickly to take advantage of opportunities. If your lawyer is slow in preparing or revising agreements, you may lose out on some deals. So it would be advisable to know beforehand whether your attorney is known for producing work in a timely fashion.

By asking these questions, you can be sure that you're hiring the right entertainment lawyer for your needs.

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Spiller Law is a San Francisco business, entertainment, and estate planning law firm. We serve clients in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and California. Feel free to arrange a free consultation using the Schedule Appointment link on our website. For other questions, feel free to call our offices at 415-991-7298.


The information provided in this article is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers are advised to consult with their legal counsel for specific advice.

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