Chambers USA

FWRV Maintains Elite Ranking

May 26, 2017

FWRV is “Renowned entertainment boutique”

The 2017 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.”

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

Listed as Senior Statesman in the category of Media & Entertainment: Film & Television, Michael Rudell is “widely viewed as an ‘excellent’ entertainment attorney and a ‘copyright expert.’” Chambers’ sources state that “he has ‘enormous experience, is very smart and has a good manner.’” Chambers further notes that “he handles a wide array of transactions involving the creation and use of film, television and literary content.”

Elliot Brown who is listed in the top tier of the Media & Entertainment: Theatre category, is described as a “Superstar.” Chambers notes that he “remains an active adviser and thought leader in the entertainment industry.” Chambers’ “impressed” sources report that “he is someone who looks to make a deal. He is very smart, knows what he is doing and always has a clear agenda.”

Nick Gordon is the only top-tier attorney in the Media & Entertainment: Music category. He “is described by one interviewee as ‘the smartest lawyer in the business.’” Chambers notes that Nick “maintains ‘a terrific practice’ in the music industry and frequently negotiates management, recording, publishing and distribution deals on behalf of artists, songwriters and record labels.” In addition, Chambers observes that he “handles the purchase and sale of music catalogs.”

Ken Weinrib who is ranked in the Media & Entertainment: Film & Television category, is described by Chambers as “‘a marvelous practitioner’ with particular expertise in the licensing, production and exploitation of scripted and unscripted television as well as motion pictures.” Chambers also notes that he “negotiates talent agreements on behalf of actors, directors and writers.” Ken is described by one source as “a smart, experienced and very capable lawyer, and also a nice person to deal with.”

  • 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 Again on Super Lawyers List

October 10, 2017

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

For a twelfth consecutive year since the list was first published, FWRV attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.  The 2017 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.  FWRV’s newest partner, Jake Levy, along with 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.

For the eleventh consecutive year, individual FWRV attorneys also were selected for the Super Lawyers New York Metro edition list. Partners Steven Beer, Richard Beyman, Elliot Brown, Eric Brown, Nick Gordon, Matthew Lefferts, Neil Rosini, Michael Rudell, Rose Schwartz, Daniel Wasser and Ken Weinrib were named in the Entertainment and Sports area of practice.  FWRV’s newest partner, Jake Levy and associate, Julie Angell, were selected as New York Metro Rising Stars in the same category.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers

U.S. News – Best Lawyers, 2017 Rankings

November 9, 2016

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 two categories: “Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television” and “Entertainment Law – Music.”

“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 2017 “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.”