Jordan Yospe has long been known for having one of the more unusual practices in entertainment law. When companies want their brands shown in movies and on television, he doesn’t just cut a traditional product placement deal. Instead, he advises writers and producers on brand integration during the early stages of production – sometimes writing the dialogue himself.
Now, Yospe is moving into something even more unconventional. Last month, he jumped from West L.A. firm Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP to Beverly Hills boutique Eisner Kahan & Gorry, where he will split time between working as an attorney for the firm and as a principal at a new television, new-media and mobile content company that might end up based in the firm’s offices.
“I’m kind of in between a business person and a regular practicing lawyer,” he said. “Eisner Kahan welcomes that kind of thing. It’s difficult for a more established firm.”
At his new firm, Yospe, 50, will be working on business development and strategy for the new company, which includes a major telecom as a principal shareholder. The details are still being worked out; the company doesn’t even have a name yet.
But he will also continue his practice representing clients such as Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, Sears and K-Mart in brand integration.
“This isn’t advertising. You have to do it carefully,” he said. “Brands that want to be involved in a meaningful way in storylines and in the creative process – those are the brands I work with.”
Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw LLP is best known for its labor and employment practice. But the firm has added Scott M. Pearson, a litigator experienced in defending financial institutions, as partner in its Century City office. He gives it a complementary new practice in Los Angeles.
Pearson will co-chair a new consumer financial services litigation group for the firm. His work defending banks and credit card companies against class-action lawsuits dovetailed with his new firm’s work defending clients against class-action labor and employment complaints as well as its expansion into defense of consumer-driven class-actions.
“Seyfarth Shaw has been expanding its litigation group into other practice areas and this is a natural progression,” he said. Recently, he has seen an uptick in class-action lawsuits against financial institutions over advertising practices, and also expects to see more work related to investigations by the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Pearson, 43, said he worked at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP for 18 years without ever really looking to move. When he finally decided to explore other opportunities, he was attracted to Seyfarth’s emphasis on working with clients to cut down on litigation expenses and inefficiencies. More money didn’t hurt either.
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