Michael I. Rudell

Michael I. Rudell

Michael is counsel to numerous individuals and corporations in the entertainment industry, including celebrities, Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures. His clients include world-renowned authors of fiction and non-fiction books, journalists, on-air news correspondents and producers of theatrical and television productions. He also represents high level executives in contractual negotiations with their employers.

Michael was named by Best Lawyers in America as Entertainment Lawyer of the Year, New York. For over twenty years he has been included in each edition of that publication. Chambers USA has referred to Michael as “absolutely legendary” in the world of media and entertainment, stating that sources praise his "appetite for hard work and tremendous sector expertise."

Michael also is listed annually in Super Lawyers New York Metro edition and has been included by Lawdragon magazine in its listing of The 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Michael was awarded the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries Award for exemplary service and leadership. He is the past Chairperson of both the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and the Committee on Entertainment and Sports Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He has been advisor to several publications and is a former member of the Board of the Film Forum. For almost forty years, Michael has been the “Entertainment Law” columnist for the New York Law Journal (which he currently co-writes with partner Neil Rosini). He also is the author of Behind the Scenes: Practical Entertainment Law published by Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich.

Representative Work

  • Representing authors of fiction and non-fiction books in their agreements with publishers and motion picture and television companies.
  • Representing producers and directors of motion picture and television (including documentary) productions.
  • Representing high level executives in negotiating agreements with their employers.
  • Representing on-air talent and producers in negotiations with media entities.