Michael Roy Blaha

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Location:
Santa Monica, CA

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310-496-2662

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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

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

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

Education

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

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

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

References

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

Classes/Seminars

  • Capstone Entertainment Law, Southwestern Law School, 2010
  • Financing and Distributing Independent Film, Southwestern Law School, 2008 to 2012

Honors and Awards

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

Past Employment Positions

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

Pro Bono Activities

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

Ancillary Businesses

  • Producer's Representative
  • Film and Stage Producer