Ten Paul Hastings Attorneys Named to Variety's 2021 Legal Impact Report

April 12, 2021

LOS ANGELES (April 12, 2021) – Attorneys from Paul Hastings LLP were recognized for their significant contributions to the entertainment industry in the recently released Variety Legal Impact Report. In total, 10 attorneys were highlighted in the report: Craig Emanuel, Tamerlin Godley, David Hernand, Erik Hyman, Steve Marenberg, Mickey Mayerson, Sean Monroe, Bo Pearl, Stephen Saltzman, and Susan Williams.

Variety’s annual report honors the entertainment industry’s top attorneys, executives, managers and financiers. Paul Hastings attorneys were recognized for their integral work across multiple sectors:


Partners Steve Marenberg,  Bo Pearl, and Tamerlin Godley were highlighted for their work handling complex disputes on behalf of leading studios, distributors, producers, independent game companies, and high-profile talent. The team was noted for matters involving streaming rights, defamation, copyright and trademark, as well as independent investigations for clients such as Legendary Entertainment, NBCUniversal Media, Ubisoft, UTA, Walt Disney Co., WarnerMedia (Warner Bros., Turner and HBO), Warner Bros., Warner Music Group.


Partners Craig Emanuel, David Hernand, Erik Hyman, Mickey Meyerson, Sean Monroe, Stephen Saltzman, and Susan Williams were featured for their work handling deals on behalf of clients including Celebrands, Indian Paintbrush, Lumistella, producer Ryan Murphy, New Slate Ventures, QCode, , writer/director Jac Schaeffer, SpottedRisk, Tribune Entertainment, Truist Bank, Vine Alternative Investments, Vudi, and director George C. Wolfe. The team was also cited for their international efforts on behalf of clients such South Korea’s CJ Entertainment, China’s Huayi Bros. International, and Germany’s Constantin Films.

Paul Hastings’ Entertainment and Media practice is recognized by Chambers and Partners and is routinely named among the most influential in the industry.  The firm recently added prominent M&A and entertainment and media transactional lawyer Sean Monroe as a partner based in Century City. Mr. Monroe’s arrival adds further momentum to the growth of the firm’s Entertainment and Media practice, and bolsters the firm’s strategic depth in M&A and corporate transactional capabilities.

In 2020, Paul Hastings launched its Entertainment and Media Litigation practice, further expanding the range of counsel and services the firm provides to clients across the industry.

Paul Hastings initially established its U.S.-based Entertainment and Media practice in 2018, and the following year launched a Europe-based team that advises production, distribution and media companies and financial institutions, funds and high-net-worth investors in Europe and Asia, as well as U.S.-based clients, on cross-border entertainment and media transactions in these regions.

Today the firm’s global interdisciplinary team is at the forefront of the market, working closely with clients to develop innovative solutions for financing, corporate, capital, distribution and cross-border transactional matters, as well as strategic solutions for dispute resolution. Paul Hastings also provides broad talent representation in film, television and digital media.

At Paul Hastings, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.

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Entertainment and Media -- Corporate

Entertainment and Media -- Finance and Restructuring

Entertainment and Media -- Litigation

Entertainment and Media -- Talent



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