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Media & Entertainment: Transactional — Illinois


Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC - Media & Entertainment: Transactional

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Thriving media, entertainment and IP boutique comprising seasoned practitioners. Wide-ranging capabilities include the ability to advise on music, film, TV, theater and publishing-related transactions. Handles contractual negotiations on behalf of existing and new talent as well as for institutional clients.

Strengths "In terms of knowledge, capability and flexibility, the firm is great. The best boutique in Chicago."

Sources agree that the firm provides "good representation in all areas of entertainment."

Notable practitioners

The "terrific" Jerry Glover is notable for his "years of experience," "encyclopedic knowledge" and "practical advice." Sources further describe him as "amazing, smart and flexible." He chiefly counsels TV and film producers on a wide range of media and entertainment matters, and is also frequently sought out by authors.

Thomas Leavens has a strong track record of advising artists, recording companies and distributors on a wide range of entertainment transactions. His expertise in the application of intellectual property law to digital media has earned him particular renown. He is "knowledgeable and has an illustrious history of deals," according to market commentators.

Linda Mensch is an extremely well-regarded entertainment attorney with significant strength in music publishing and licensing transactions. Sources explain: "There are few people in Illinois who know as much music law as her," adding: "There is nothing in music she can't do." She is also frequently involved in film, TV and other multimedia projects, both as legal counsel and as a producer.

Peter Strand is "a guru when it comes to music," according to market commentators. He chiefly represents artists in contract negotiations, including licensing and distribution deals. His experience also includes dispute resolution. Sources admire that "he is business-minded so will get the deal done."

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Winston & Strawn LLP - Media & Entertainment: Transactional

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Provides comprehensive entertainment and marketing law counsel to significant brands and advertising agencies. Extensive experience navigating the legal and regulatory challenges involved in digital and traditional marketing campaigns and sponsorship deals, as well as expertise in relation to brand protection. Additional capabilities include privacy and data security counseling.

Strengths Sources say: "They treat me like a valued client. They get back to me right away."

Impressed clients attest: "They have been very proactive."

Work highlights Engaged by Apartments.com and Rubin Postaer and Associates to provide legal advice in connection with its SuperBowl commercial, which included negotiating talent agreements as well as licensing for 'The Jeffersons' TV show and the song 'Moving on Up.'

Advised 180LA and Boost Mobile on the creation of 'Where You At,' a social media promotional campaign featuring notable artists and entertainers.

Significant clients PepsiCo, Taco Bell and McDonald’s, American Airlines, Sears.

Notable practitioners

Brian Heidelberger combines strengths in advertising, media and entertainment law. He is "highly knowledgeable" and "very experienced," according to commentators. He also receives considerable praise for his client service skills. One interviewee notes: "He makes me feel like I am his only client. He is incredibly responsive, practical, provides business-minded advice and provides very workable, helpful solutions."

Department profile by Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston is one of a few large law firms in the United States with a practice dedicated to advertising, marketing, promotions, privacy, and entertainment law. The group traces its roots back to the 1940s, and our attorneys collectively have practiced in this area for more than 100 years.

Winston’s highly respected advertising, marketing, and entertainment law attorneys are “go-to” commentators in the media and frequently are published in leading publications. For example:

  • Liisa Thomas published Thomas on Data Breach, which is published by Westlaw and is considered the definitive guide to data breaches in the United States.
  • Brian Heidelberger is a highly read contributor to Advertising Age via his online video mini law lessons.
  • Rob Newman is an adjunct faculty member of The John Marshall Law School’s Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law. He teaches courses on e-commerce law and behavioral tracking and targeting.

The group also regularly hosts webinars through Winston & Strawn’s eLunch program, which in the past has drawn more than 400 participants.

Winston’s energetic and vibrant advertising, marketing, and entertainment law team has a pulse on market trends, including being one of the very first to address the legal issues surrounding the explosive popularity of social media. Our sound advice on the accompanying legal considerations of these trends helps shape policies at companies nationwide.

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Freeborn & Peters LLP - Media & Entertainment: Transactional

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Skilled lawyers with considerable experience negotiating copyright and trademark transactions arising in the media and entertainment space. Also adept at guiding brands and corporations through a diverse array of marketing issues. Engaged by a wide range of clients both in Illinois and nationally.

Strengths One interviewee reports: "It has been an extremely positive experience working with the firm. There is a real open-door policy. You can go in and discuss things with them, which is very helpful, and they are always available to help and answer questions."

Clients further comment that the firm "provides value by being very efficient and practical."

Work highlights Advised HMS Media on the production and broadcasting of a PBS special about the musical 'First Your Dreams,' which included negotiating material rights and talent agreements.

Engaged by Beer Temple to advise on intellectual property, defamation and First Amendment issues relating to a marketing campaign and its official podcast.

Significant clients Nintendo, Triumph Books, Hanky Panky, Pipeworks Brewery, Fitbit.

Notable practitioners

According to sources, Andrew Goldstein offers "informed, well-researched, thorough counsel and actionable suggestions." He is well versed in intellectual property issues arising in the context of media and entertainment. One client comments that he has "a great depth of knowledge and has been immersed in these issues for his whole career, so I can always feel confident in his advice."

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Holland & Knight LLP - Media & Entertainment: Transactional

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What the team is known for Diverse entertainment team that regularly advises on transactions in the television, film, theater and publishing sectors. Particularly renowned for its handling of documentary film production and financing. Draws on related strengths in intellectual property and advertising to advise on sizable licensing and endorsement deals.

Strengths One client reports that the firm is "thorough, very responsive and patient."

Work highlights Represented Ace Hardware in its negotiations for an endorsement and services agreement with professional golfer Hunter Mahan, as well as a subsequent TV and social media marketing campaign.

Counseled Southeastern Grocers, which owns the Harveys and Winn-Dixie retail chains, in connection with a competitor's defamatory advertising campaign, which was successfully resolved.

Significant clients Kartemquin Films, Icon Genesis, New York City Ballet, SunTrust Bank.

Notable practitioners

Cochair of the firm's sports and entertainment group Robert Labate is experienced in a wide range of entertainment, intellectual property and advertising matters. Impressed interviewees report: "First and foremost, he knows the issues in entertainment inside and out. He is so knowledgeable and insightful."

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InfoLawGroup LLP - Media & Entertainment: Transactional

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What the team is known for Innovative boutique firm dedicated to resolving cutting-edge media, entertainment and technology issues on behalf of content producers, distributors, marketers and third party platforms. Also well versed in privacy and cybersecurity.

Strengths The firm is described by one client as "very practical and accessible. The team understands business issues and doesn't over-lawyer matters. They evaluate risks in an efficient manner."

Another client agrees the lawyers are "very accessible" and says that "they know the answers when you ask."

Work highlights Advised Warner Bros. in connection with contests and casting calls involved as part of the production and promotion of several of the studio's major projects, such as 'Mad Max,' 'The Hobbit,' 'Magic Mike XXL' and 'Hot Pursuit.'

Counseled Oculus VR in connection with the legal aspects of an international software development contest, which included public voting and the offering of user-generated software.

Significant clients CBS, Boot Barn, Vice Media, Wilton Brands, Ascena Retail.

Notable practitioners

Jamie Rubin "understands the business and gives us practical advice," report clients, who also say: "He helps us understand how to move forward and find solutions." He is well versed on content creation and distribution issues across different areas, including digital, film, TV and live entertainment.

Justine Gottshall is recognized as "an expert on privacy" within the context of media and entertainment transactions. One client explains that her knowledge of privacy issues is "completely up to date. You can take the most obscure questions to her because she is a walking encyclopedia."

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Senior Statesmen

Bryan Cave LLP

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Scott Hodes of Bryan Cave LLP remains an extremely well-regarded practitioner, with sources describing him as an "entertainment law institution in Chicago." In particular, he is "very knowledgeable about art law" and represents artists as well as art dealers and collectors.

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Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Jerry Glover is notable for his "years of experience," "encyclopedic knowledge" and "practical advice." Sources further describe him as "amazing, smart and flexible." He chiefly counsels TV and film producers on a wide range of media and entertainment matters, and is also frequently sought out by authors.

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Brian L Heidelberger

Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Heidelberger combines strengths in advertising, media and entertainment law. He is "highly knowledgeable" and "very experienced," according to commentators. He also receives considerable praise for his client service skills. One interviewee notes: "He makes me feel like I am his only client. He is incredibly responsive, practical, provides business-minded advice and provides very workable, helpful solutions."

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Cochair of the firm's sports and entertainment group Robert Labate is experienced in a wide range of entertainment, intellectual property and advertising matters. Impressed interviewees report: "First and foremost, he knows the issues in entertainment inside and out. He is so knowledgeable and insightful."

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Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Leavens has a strong track record of advising artists, recording companies and distributors on a wide range of entertainment transactions. His expertise in the application of intellectual property law to digital media has earned him particular renown. He is "knowledgeable and has an illustrious history of deals," according to market commentators.

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Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Mensch is an extremely well-regarded entertainment attorney with significant strength in music publishing and licensing transactions. Sources explain: "There are few people in Illinois who know as much music law as her," adding: "There is nothing in music she can't do." She is also frequently involved in film, TV and other multimedia projects, both as legal counsel and as a producer.

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InfoLawGroup LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jamie Rubin "understands the business and gives us practical advice," report clients, who also say: "He helps us understand how to move forward and find solutions." He is well versed on content creation and distribution issues across different areas, including digital, film, TV and live entertainment.

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Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Strand is "a guru when it comes to music," according to market commentators. He chiefly represents artists in contract negotiations, including licensing and distribution deals. His experience also includes dispute resolution. Sources admire that "he is business-minded so will get the deal done."

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Freeborn & Peters LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

According to sources, Andrew Goldstein offers "informed, well-researched, thorough counsel and actionable suggestions." He is well versed in intellectual property issues arising in the context of media and entertainment. One client comments that he has "a great depth of knowledge and has been immersed in these issues for his whole career, so I can always feel confident in his advice."

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Justine Gottshall

InfoLawGroup LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Justine Gottshall is recognized as "an expert on privacy" within the context of media and entertainment transactions. One client explains that her knowledge of privacy issues is "completely up to date. You can take the most obscure questions to her because she is a walking encyclopedia."

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Liisa Thomas of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is noted for her deep expertise in privacy and data security law. She provides compliance counsel to corporations and advertising agencies involved in digital marketing campaigns. Recently, she advised Tillster in connection with an e-mail marketing campaign and mobile food ordering platform.

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