Attorneys in our group have represented high-profile authors and publishers, media producers, hosts and personalities, makers and purveyors of news, celebrities featured in broadcasts and publications or seeking privacy protection, social commentators and high ranking government officials, along with artists, inventors and other persons with interest in artistic and intellectual properties.

Our engagements range from high-profile litigations to risk management and crisis counseling concerning statements and materials in media outlets, including print media, broadcast media, the Internet, social media and blogging, as well as media practices.

EVW litigators in this group have handled hundreds of cases at all levels of State and Federal Court, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and are regularly at the forefront of developments in the law concerning:

  • Libel and defamation
  • Invasions of privacy
  • Confidentiality agreements and contractual restrictions on publication
  • Harassment
  • The Freedom of Information Act
  • Subpoenas and restraining notices directed to media outlets
  • Copyright infringement and intellectual property (IP) protection
  • First Amendment rights
  • Fifth Amendment privileges

Members of the Media & Entertainment Law Group who also serve in the firm’s Intellectual Property Law Group are recognized as being experienced in the protection and enforcement of copyrights, trademarks and licensing and distribution rights throughout the world. Other members of the Media & Entertainment Law Group who also serve in the firm’s International Practice have broad experience in international human rights litigation, and the counseling and representation of clients in governmental investigations, including multi-country fraud investigations.

Together, the attorneys in our Media & Entertainment Law Group form a team with the experience to handle any media-related issue that our clients may face.

EVW’s entertainment practice involves individuals and companies involved in media, entertainment, and the arts. Led by Martin Garbus, EVW attorneys have handled entertainment-law cases involving free speech, intellectual property, and commercial-law issues as well as book and movie negotiations, including movie negotiations for the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Oppenheimer.”

EVW attorneys in this practice group have, for example:

  • Represented Public Enemy No. 1, a rap group, which prevailed in a copyright suit against the Coors Beer Company that wrongfully sampled its work in beer advertisements
  • Represented Miramax when the Motion Picture Association tried to give several of its films an “R” rating
  • Won before a federal jury the Isley Brothers’ accounting and infringement suit against Motown Records
  • Defended Terry McMillan in a libel suit
  • Defended Peter Matthiessen and Penguin Books in libel suits filed in South Dakota and Minnesota by South Dakota Governor and Senator William Janklow and the FBI over allegations that the FBI wrongfully coerced testimony through physical abuse and that the Governor had raped an Indian woman

EVW entertainment/media clients have included:

  • Motion Picture Studios, Media, and Corporate Entities: Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Miramax, LucasFilms, Paramount, Michael Bloomberg, and Bloomberg, L.P.
  • Actors, Playwrights, Directors, & Producers: Al Pacino, Lauren Bacall, Martin Lawrence, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Richard Gere, Robert Redford, Penny Marshall, Spike Lee, Lenny Bruce, Michael Moore, Garry Marshall, Sidney Lumet, Samuel Beckett, Peter Stone, Michael York, Frederick Wiseman, and Jonas Mekas
  • Publishers: Penguin-Putnam Books, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Random House, Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon, Ballantine Books, Grove Press, and Scholastic Books
  • Authors: David Halberstam, Philip Roth, Tom Brokaw, Amy Tan, Terry McMillan, Peter Matthiessen, Martin Sherwin, Kai Bird, Nancy Reagan, and Alger Hiss
  • Artists, Photographers & Galleries: Agnes Martin, Tom Wesselman, Sally Mann, Bert Stern, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, and The Pace Gallery

Martin Garbus who leads this practice group has also been appointed the attorney/executor/trustee for several high-profile estates, including those of Igor Stravinsky, John Cheever, Marilyn Monroe, and Margaret Mitchell.