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:
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.”
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.”
FWRV is the only entertainment firm on Super Lawyers list of “50 Law Firms Professionals Should Know About”
As 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 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: BestLawFirms.USNews.com.
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.”