John Schulman, who retired last year after serving as executive vice president and general counsel of Warner Bros. for 25 years, has been setting up entertainment law studies at USC. Now he’s joining Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in West Los Angeles as partner, effective Jan. 1. Schulman will serve as chairman of the firm’s entertainment department.

Earlier this year, Schulman was named executive director of the USC Gould School of Law’s entertainment law program, which will begin offering a new curriculum next fall for students interested in entertainment law.

Mitchell Silberberg is best known for its ties to the entertainment industry. One of the firm’s founding partners, Mendel Silberberg, was an adviser to Columbia Pictures founder Harry Cohn in the 1920s.

Going East

Century City firm Loeb & Loeb LLP announced last week that it will be opening a Washington, D.C., office with the addition of eight attorneys.

Richard Lorenzo, Frank Lee, Greg Blasi and Jay Matson joined Loeb as partners, Arthur Adelberg as of-counsel, Theodore Duver as senior counsel, and Stacey Sabo and Nicole Travers joined as associates. All eight practiced together at Day Pitney LLP in D.C.

Loeb, which also has offices in Chicago; Nashville, Tenn.; and New York, has been seeking to establish a presence in Washington because of the firm’s growing regulatory practice and increased focus on the energy industry.

The new group of attorneys specialize in advising energy companies and financial institutions on corporate transactions and regulatory matters, and have represented clients such as Pepco Holdings Inc., Southern California Edison and JPMorgan Securities.

Staff reporter Alexa Hyland can be reached at ahyland@labusinessjournal.com or at (323) 549-5225, ext. 235.

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