Chambers USA

FWRV Maintains Elite Ranking

May 26, 2018

FWRV is “Renowned entertainment boutique”

The 2018 edition of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA, has once again named FWRV one of three top-ranking New York firms in the category of Media and Entertainment practice, covering film, music, television and theater.

Chambers commended FWRV as a “[r]enowned entertainment boutique capable of handling a wide array of transactions across the film, television, music, theater, and publishing fields.” Chambers also noted that the firm “represents film and television studios, record labels, advertisers and financiers involved in the entertainment industry,” and that the “firm [f]requently negotiates talent and employment agreements for prominent executives in the entertainment sector.”

Citing the firm’s strengths, Chambers wrote:

  • “Fellow practitioners say: ‘It’s a high, high-quality practice. They are who I’d send a referral or a conflict to.’”
  • “Sources point out the firm’s ‘very strong live stage practice’ as a particular highlight.”

Four of the firm’s partners were cited in particular as “notable practitioners” in the Media and Entertainment category.

The “truly excellent” Michael Rudell is “an industry veteran, offering clients a wealth of expertise in film and television matters.” Chambers lists Michael as one of the Senior Statespeople in the category of Media & Entertainment: Film & Television, and “fellow practitioners label him ‘both knowledgeable and strategic.’”

Elliot Brown (listed in the top tier of the Media & Entertainment: Theatre category) is described as a “highly sought-after theater attorney, regularly representing producers, composers, performers and directors.”  He is described as a “tough negotiator” who takes a “very smart and very committed approach” to his practice.

Nick Gordon “attained an excellent standing in the market for his work acting for recording and publishing clients in the music industry”, holding his place in the top-tier of attorneys in the Media & Entertainment: Music category.  Chambers notes that his “respected media and entertainment practice features strengths in transactional work, distribution issues, licensing rights and joint ventures.”

Ken Weinrib, who is ranked in the Media & Entertainment: Film & Television category, is “sought after by high-profile film and television clients” for his “smart and practical demeanor” and expertise in a “wide array of transactional work and labor and employment issues.” His clients applaud his “focus on getting the deal done and creativity in finding agreements.”

  • 2017 Edition: A “[r]enowned entertainment boutique capable of handling a wide array of transactions across the film, television, music, theater, and publishing fields.” The firm “represents film and television studios, record labels, advertisers and financiers involved in the entertainment industry,” and that the “firm [f]requently negotiates talent and employment agreements for prominent executives in the entertainment sector.”
  • 2016 Edition: A boutique firm with a well-established reputation in film, television, music and theater. Also represents authors and other writers, as well as investors in the media and entertainment space.

    Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

    • “I like that there’s somebody there with a great level of expertise in every area we need, and they work exceptionally well together in their different departments.” 
    • “A great law firm that does it all. Their people are excellent in their areas.”
  • 2015 Edition: Offers clients a wealth of experience handling significant media and entertainment transactions in the film, television, theater and music industries.
  • 2014 Edition: Boutique entertainment practice comprising highly skilled practitioners.  Offers extensive expertise across both new media and traditional media platforms. “There are excellent people there.”
  • 2013 Edition: This boutique entertainment firm continues to represent clients from all corners of the industry, from traditional television, film, music and theater to more innovative new media.  It is commended for its breadth and depth of industry knowledge.  Sources say: “High quality!”
  • 2012 Edition: This superb boutique is recognized throughout the market for the quality and range of services it provides to clients in the industry.  The firm has expertise across the spectrum of film, television, music and theater issues, and in addition to its strengths in these areas, is widely sought after to advise on publishing, branded entertainment and digital media.  Sources say: “A quality firm.” “They are excellent.”
  • 2011 Edition: This highly regarded firm continues to provide clients with superior standard of service. Its exceptional media and entertainment team offers wide-ranging counsel relating to motion picture and TV work, publishing and live theater. Sources say: “This is an excellent firm that provides a broad high-quality practice.”
  • 2010 Edition: This group excels thanks to its exceptional team of specialists who provide a broad range of expertise in issues relating to the film, TV, theater, music and publishing industries.  Clients range from actors, directors and TV production companies, through to major music labels and film studios.  Sources say:“At the top of the field due to the breadth and exceptional quality of the practice.”
  • 2009 Edition:“Entertainment law runs through the veins of this firm,” which attracts praise for “its creativity, approachability and top quality counsel.” The group advises producers and investors in TV, film and theater and acts for authors involved in TV and motion picture deals.
  • 2008 Edition:  “A responsive outfit full of imaginative and innovative lawyers.” Sources say that this significant boutique is a prolific performer on noteworthy issues in entertainment, where it acts for authors on their film rights and on topics relating to financing agreements. The team “produces incredibly reliable advice” and continues to be “an incredibly strong choice” for theater, motion pictures production and distribution, music publishing and recordings, and independent film production companies.

Super Lawyers

FWRV Attorneys Placed on Super Lawyers List for 13th Consecutive Year

October 10, 2018

Each of twelve partners is recognized as Super Lawyer or Rising Star.

For a thirteenth consecutive year since the list was first published, FWRV attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.  The 2018 New York Metro edition lists partners Steven Beer, Richard Beyman, Elliot Brown, Eric Brown, Nick Gordon, Matthew Lefferts, Neil Rosini, Michael Rudell, Rose Schwartz, Daniel Wasser and Ken Weinrib in the Entertainment and Sports area of practice.  Jake Levy and attorney Julie Angell were selected as a New York Metro Rising Stars in the same category. John Vassallo, who is of counsel to the firm, is listed in the Family Law area of practice.

According to Super Lawyers, attorneys are selected in a four-step process beginning with nominations by their peers or by Super Lawyers’ attorney-led research staff.  They are then evaluated by independent researchers across “12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.”  In the third step, a peer evaluation known as the “blue ribbon review” narrows the list.  Final selection is based on “highest point totals” within four categories based on firm size.

Super Lawyers states that the “final published list represents no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state.”

The selection process of the Rising Stars is the same except “a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less [and] no more than 2.5 percent [of lawyers in a state] are named to the Rising Stars list.”

Firm Receives Unique Recognition

October 20, 2016

FWRV is the only entertainment firm on Super Lawyers list of “50 Law Firms Professionals Should Know About”

e5e71aa2-fcca-480c-8cc8-c0c0232d353eAs we celebrate our 50th year of practicing entertainment law, FWRV is honored to have been selected as the only Entertainment and Sports Law firm included by Super Lawyers on its New York Metro edition list of “50 Law Firms Professionals Should Know About.” This recognition was published in a recent New Yorker magazine.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers

U.S. News – Best Lawyers, 2018 Rankings

November 6, 2018

U.S. News – Best Lawyers again placed FWRV in their Tier 1 (highest possible ranking) of law firms at both national and New York City levels in “Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television.”

“Best Law Firms” is a collaboration between U.S. News & World Report and the “Best Lawyers” peer review guide. According to the publication, “[r]ankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.”

Clients who participated in the rankings were asked to provide feedback addressing “expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm.” Lawyers voted on “expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.” Law firms were asked to provide “general demographic and background information on the law firm and attorneys, and other data that speaks to the strengths of a law firm’s practice areas.”

The 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings are published at the U.S. News & World Report website:

Michael Rudell: “Lawyer of the Year”

October 31, 2013

Selected by US News/Best Lawyers as 2014 New York Lawyer of the Year in the entertainment law category.

Michael Rudell has been named by Best Lawyers as the “2014 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year” in New York in the fields of Motion Pictures and Television.  The listing will appear in the 20th edition of Best Lawyers in America.

According to Best Lawyers, “Lawyer of the Year” honorees are selected based on “exhaustive peer-review assessments” conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Further, “this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers…for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.”