Jump To Navigation

Michael Roy Blaha

Michael Roy Blaha

Santa Monica, California

I am a sole practitioner who specializes in entertainment law, including both contract negotiation (transactional) and litigation.  My clients include independent film and television production companies, individual producers, directors, writers and actors, as well as musicians, songwriters and record labels.   On the transactional side, I have acted as production counsel (drafting and negotiating all contracts from the development stage through completion), for several film and television projects and have represented both artists and companies in drafting and negotiating option agreements, underlying rights agreements, management agreements, distribution agreements, and many other types of entertainment contracts.   My litigation practice has included representing plaintiffs and defendants in idea theft, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, rights of publicity, and defamation cases and in disputes regarding the financing, production or distribution of film, television, and music.  I have developed and taught several different entertainment law courses as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School for the past 25 years, and I am a 2012 Southern California Superlawyer in Entertainment Law.

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Entertainment Law
  • 10% Intellectual Property
  • 10% First Amendment

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998


  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1979
    • Law Review: Law and Contemporary Problems, Editor, 1978 - 1979
  • University of Miami, Miami, Florida
    • B.A. cum laude - 1976
    • Major: Political Science and Accounting

Representative Clients

  • Philippe Mora
  • J.D. Shapiro
  • Drive-Thru Records
  • Unity Pictures


  • Michael J. Faber (310) 442-6610
  • Edward Perron (213) 488-7352
  • Professor Robert Lind (213) 738-6785


  • Capstone Entertainment Law, Southwestern Law School
  • Financing and Distributing Independent Film, Southwestern Law School, 2008 - 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Superlawyer
  • Spirit of the Fringe (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

Past Employment Positions

  • Columbia Pictures, V.P., Legal Affairs, 1982 - 1987
  • Lorimar Telepictures, V.P., Legal Affairs, 1987 - 1988

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Directors. Academy for New Musical Theater, 2005 - 2012
  • Board of Directors, Filmmakers Alliance, 2007 - 2012

Ancillary Businesses

  • Producer's Representative
  • Film and Stage Producer

Contact Us Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.