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Michael Roy Blaha - Santa Monica, CA

2530 Wilshire Boulevard3rd Floor Santa Monica, CA 90403

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Updated: 02/24/2022

Santa Monica Entertainment Law Lawyer

Overview

I am a sole practitioner who specializes in entertainment law, including both contract negotiation (transactional) and litigation. My clients include independent film and television production companies, individual producers, directors, writers and actors, as well as musicians, songwriters and record labels, authors and athletes...

I am a sole practitioner who specializes in entertainment law, including both contract negotiation (transactional) and litigation. My clients include independent film and television production companies, individual producers, directors, writers and actors, as well as musicians, songwriters and record labels, authors and athletes. On the transactional side, I have acted as production counsel (drafting and negotiating all contracts from the development stage through completion), for several film and television projects and have represented both artists and companies in drafting and negotiating option agreements, underlying rights agreements, management agreements, distribution agreements, and many other types of entertainment contracts. My litigation practice has included representing plaintiffs and defendants in idea theft, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, rights of publicity, and defamation cases and in disputes regarding the financing, production or distribution of film, television, and music. I have developed and taught several different entertainment law courses as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School for the past 35 years, and I am a 2022 Southern California Superlawyer in Entertainment Law.

About Michael Roy Blaha

Practice Areas

  • Entertainment Law 80%
  • Intellectual Property 10%
  • First Amendment 10%

Representative Clients

  • Bloody Marvelous Productions
  • Flavor Unit Entertainment/Queen Latifah
  • Millenia Pictures
  • Tableland Pictures
  • Wasserman Media Group
  • World of Dance
  • Vega, Baby! Releasing
  • Rui Hachimura
  • Philippe Mora
  • J.D. Shapiro
  • Matt Young

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998

Classes and Seminars

  • Capstone Entertainment Law, Southwestern Law School, - 2010
  • Financing and Distributing Independent Film, Southwestern Law School, 2008 - 2012
  • Entertainment Litigation, - 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Directors, Impro Theatre, 2021 - present
  • Board of Directors, New Musicals, Inc. 2005 - present
  • Board of Directors, Filmmakers Alliance, 2007 - 2012

Past Positions

  • Columbia Pictures, V.P., Legal Affairs, 1982 to 1987, 1990-1992
  • Lorimar Telepictures, V.P., Legal Affairs, 1987 - 1988

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, 1979
    J.D.
    Law Review: Law and Contemporary Problems, Editor, 1978 - 1979
  • University of Miami, Miami, Florida, 1976
    B.A.
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: Political Science and Accounting

Ancillary Businesses

  • Producer's Representative
  • Film and Stage Producer

References

References

  • Michael J. Faber
  • Edward Perron
  • Professor Robert Lind

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information

Address

2530 Wilshire Boulevard3rd Floor Santa Monica, CA 90403

Fax

  • 310-496-2662

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Michael Roy Blaha

Included on the 2024 Southern California list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Southern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Michael Roy Blaha on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Southern California Superlawyer - 2012
  • Outstanding Adjunct Professor, Southwestern Law School - 2016
  • Best Musical, New York Fringe Festival 2007 (“Bukowsical”)
  • Grand Jury Prize Slamdance Film Festival 1999 (“Chi Girl”)
  • Spirit of the Fringe (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) - 2005

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