Podcast category: Legal Entertainment

On the Road

ABA Midyear Meeting 2017: Attorneys in the Spotlight

Netflix may be known for quality streaming of shows and movies, but you can bet that the company is backed by skilled attorneys. Attorneys play a vital role in the production of art, film, music, and television. In this report from On The Road, host Laurence Colletti talks to Rich Rappaport, Neda Ghomeshi, Bryan Thompson, Emily Graham, Tyler Rabinowitz, Jose Sariego, and Shannon Harvey about entertainment lawyers. The group discusses the importance of creating quality content, building a large fanbase, and adjusting to new and improving distribution channels. They also mention how essential it is that attorneys involved in this industry keep up with growing technology.

Richard Warren Rappaport is an attorney and principal in the law firm of Richard Warren Rappaport, Esquire, and is licensed to practice in Florida, New York, and Washington, DC, with offices in Boca Raton and Miami Beach.

Neda Ghomeshi is an associate at HTFL’s Miami office where she practices in the Litigation, Securities/Regulatory Enforcement, and Intellectual Property practice groups.

Bryan Thompson is an award-winning director and producer and a successful media executive. He is also the founder and CEO of the Miami Web Series Festival, also known as Miami Web Fest.

Emily Patricia Graham is an entertainment and business attorney, licensed in Louisiana, Florida, and California. She represents clients in film, fashion, and music.

Tyler Rabinowitz is a filmmaker and recent graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a major in Film and Television and a minor in Children and Adolescent Mental Health Studies who was named one of Variety Magazine’s “Students to Watch” in their 2015 Education Impact Report.

Jose Sariego is an international media, entertainment, and transactional lawyer with extensive industry experience, including serving as general counsel of HBO Latin America and head of Business & Legal Affairs for Telemundo Network.

Shannon Harvey, Esq., a Pennsylvania native, is the principal attorney of the Miami-based Law Offices of Shannon Harvey, P.A., established in 2007.

Lawyerist Podcast

#103: Viral Video Marketing (and Yelling), with the Texas Law Hawk, Bryan Wilson

 

In this episode, Bryan Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk, explains how he got started making outrageous viral videos, name-drops another outrageous, viral video–making Texas lawyer, Adam Reposa, and has some tips for lawyers who want to try making videos of their own.

Bryan Wilson, better known as the Texas Law Hawk, opened up his law firm in 2014 and chose the loudest path he could in his ridiculous YouTube videos. His third video went viral and led to several other commercial appearances, including the 2016 Super Bowl commercials for Taco Bell. He plans on doing more commercials as long as they keep making people laugh.

Thinking Like a Lawyer - Above the Law

Bonuses And Bowls

Joe and ATL Editor Kathryn Rubino discuss Biglaw bonus season as firms place the final cherry atop associate compensation after a tumultuous year of raises. Then they walk through college football bowl season and preview every matchup between teams with ABA accredited law schools because that’s exactly what people thinking like lawyers would do.

ABA Journal: Modern Law Library

Was this lawyer-turned-WWII-spy the basis for James Bond?

In a different time, Dusko Popov might have enjoyed the life of a Serbian playboy without the interruption of espionage, subterfuge and violence. But from the early days of World War II, Popov risked his life as a double agent to aid the Allies in the fight against the Nazis.

Florida attorney Larry Loftis had been intending to write a fictional spy novel, he tells the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles in this episode of the Modern Law Library. But in researching the lives of spies in World War II, he discovered Popov’s story and decided that this was a truth no fiction could touch. Loftis combed U.S., British, Portuguese and German archives and Popov’s own memoirs—and interviewed surviving members of Popov’s own family—to produce “Into the Lion’s Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond.”

In this podcast, Loftis discusses how he came to learn of Popov; how the paths of Bond creator Ian Fleming and Popov may have crossed; and why Popov was convinced that if a piece of intelligence he’d uncovered had been passed on to the U.S. Navy, the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago may have been prevented.

On the Road

ATL APP 2016: Media Training and Storytelling

For many legal marketplace entrepreneurs, successfully communicating with the media can be a challenge as they grow and cultivate a business. In this report from On The Road, host Joe Patrice speaks with LunaCap Venture Partner Jules Miller, Legal Talk Network Executive Producer Laurence Colletti, Above the Law Redline Managing Editor Elie Mystal, and Publicist Pavla Kopecna about their panel on tips and best practices for attorneys looking to more effectively communicate with the media.

Jules Miller is an investor, 3-time entrepreneur, ‘intrapreneur’ and hands-on operations expert. She is also co-founder of Evolve Law, a community of entrepreneurs, law firms, in-house lawyers and legal services companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of technology and innovation in the legal industry.

After receiving his J.D. and MBA, Laurence Colletti went into solo practice with emphasis in general business and commercial real estate. Laurence is now the producer at Legal Talk Network where he leverages his legal background against a passion for video and podcasting.

Pavla Kopecna is a renowned publicist, responsible for all planning and execution of every project, from the smallest non-profit campaign to the largest retainer. She works closely with clients to develop bespoke and focused campaigns that deliver.

Elie Mystal is the Managing Editor of Above the Law Redline and the Editor-At-Large of Breaking Media. He’s appeared on MSNBC, Fox, and CNN, and pretty much any network that will invite him.

Thinking Like a Lawyer - Above the Law

What’s Up With The Philadelphia Market?

Joe and Elie have only ever worked in New York law firms, so they’re taking some time to focus on the ins and outs of legal markets around the country. First up is Philadelphia, New York’s kid brother, to find out exactly what goes on in this city that — for some firms — is paying New York-level salaries.

ABA Journal: Modern Law Library

John Lennon’s lawyer explains how the musician’s deportation case changed immigration law

When immigration attorney Leon Wildes got a call from an old law school classmate in January 1972 about representing a musician and his wife who were facing deportation, their names didn’t ring a bell. Even after meeting with them privately at their New York City apartment, Wildes wasn’t entirely clear about who his potential clients were. He told his wife that he’d met with a Jack Lemon and Yoko Moto.

“Wait a minute, Leon,” his wife Ruth said to him. “Do you mean John Lennon and Yoko Ono?”

What Wildes didn’t know when accepting the Lennons’ case was that he and his clients were facing a five-year legal battle which would eventually expose corruption at the highest levels of the Nixon administration and change the U.S. immigration process forever. His account of that legal battle is told in “John Lennon vs. the USA: The Inside Story of the Most Bitterly Contested and Influential Deportation Case in United States History.”

Leon Wildes and his son Michael (now a managing partner at the firm his father founded, Wildes & Weinberg) joined the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles to discuss the legacy of the case and the effect it’s had on the entire family.

Lawyer 2 Lawyer

Inside “Making a Murderer” and the Steven Avery Trial

Update: Brendan Dassey, nephew to Steven Avery, the primary defendant from the “Making a Murderer” series on Netflix had his conviction for murder, rape, and mutilation of a corpse overturned by U.S. Magistrate Judge William E. Duffin of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin last Friday. This episode was recorded shortly before the development.

Back on October 31st of 2005, a young photographer named Teresa Halbach went missing. Teresa’s last meeting had been with Steven Avery, on the grounds of Avery’s Auto Salvage in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Teresa’s remains were later found on the grounds of Avery’s home and family business. Avery was well known to law enforcement and had previously served a lengthy prison sentence for rape and attempted murder from which he  was later exonerated on DNA evidence.

What transpired inspired the extremely popular Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. The series spotlights Steven Avery and his quest for justice after claims that he was wrongfully accused in the murder of Teresa Halbach.

In 2005, Steven Avery was arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach, and was ultimately represented by Wisconsin attorneys, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting. Strang and Buting presented their case and their defense strategy, bringing to light alleged tampering and planting of evidence by police. After a whirlwind of a trial, the verdict came back guilty, sending Steven Avery to jail for life without the possibility of parole. As Steven Avery sits in jail, a new attorney has taken over his case and Steven hopes for a new trial and maybe one day his freedom.

On this special episode of Lawyer 2 Lawyer, host Bob Ambrogi joins Dean Strang, former defense attorney for Steven Avery, and Peter Linton-Smith, a former television news reporter who covered the Avery trials, as they discuss the popular Netflix series, “Making a Murderer.” Dean and Peter  offer inside perspectives and get the latest on Steven Avery and his quest for a new trial and justice under a new attorney.

Dean Strang is a lawyer in Madison, Wisconsin, at the firm Strang Bradley, LLC. He is best known for his work as one of Steven Avery’s trial lawyers, as well as for his first book, “Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror.” Mr. Strang served five years as Wisconsin’s first federal defender and co-founded Strang Bradley, LLC. He is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School, the University of Wisconsin Law School, and University of Wisconsin’s Division of Continuing Studies. Mr. Strang is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on several charity boards, including the Wisconsin Innocence Project. His second book will be published in early 2018.

Peter Linton-Smith was a television news reporter for 24 years covering primarily courts (1988-2012). Peter has covered cases ranging from first degree murder, wrongful death, products liability, copyright dispute, employment and labor disputes. Peter has covered Steven Avery, both his civil and criminal case from 2003-2007. Peter is currently employed at Leventhal & Puga in Denver, Colorado.

If you want more on “Making a Murderer,” check out the Defending Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer” Planet Lex episode, when Dassey’s appeal attorneys discuss what it was like defending him.

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