The Business Journal raises the curtain on the legal stars who work in L.A.’s entertainment industry.


Firm: Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Law School: Loyola

Selected Clients: Playboy, MGM, Furlined, Cisco, Mighty Oak Entertainment, Rainforest Films, Yahoo, Ogilvy & Mather, Hugh Hefner, Kendra Wilkinson.

Years in Practice: 14

Most Challenging Deal: Representing Vince Neil in his negotiation to rejoin Motley Crue as their lead singer. Not because of any substantive aspect of the transaction, but because the larger-than-life personalities involved in the transaction shared a colorful history rich in conflict and chaos, resulting in a lot of unnecessary drama.

Best Career Moment: Being asked to join the entertainment and media team at the Troop law firm.

Worst: The dissolution of the Troop law firm. In hindsight, it created an amazing opportunity for the entertainment team to reconvene, thrive and grow here at Sheppard Mullin.

Highlight From Past Year: Representing Hugh Hefner in an endorsement agreement for Activision’s “Guitar Hero”-“Risky Business” television and online commercial campaign shot by Brett Ratner.

How My Practice Is Changing: I am becoming more of a partner and facilitator in my clients’ businesses, offering introductions and counseling beyond the role of a typical lawyer.

If I Weren’t an Attorney: I would be the general manager of a Major League Soccer team or a professional photographer.

My Colleagues Don’t Know: I was a rock photographer in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and have had my work published in Rolling Stone magazine.

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