Representative Transactions Include:

Negotiate and Draft Agreements with Talent Agencies (CAA, William Morris Endeavor, UTA, ICM, Gersh, APA, Paradigm, Osbrink) and Talent Managers.

Negotiate and Draft Co-Production Agreements For Independent Films.

Production Legal For Independent Films.

Negotiate and Draft Talent Attachment Agreements and Production Service Agreements For Unscripted/Reality Television Producers.

Tax analysis of crowdfunding campaigns.

Tax analysis of Federal and State tax incentives, including Internal Revenue Code sections 181 and 199.

Tax analysis and planning for limited liability company and corporation formation and operation.



My book Independent Film Producing:  How To Produce A Low-Budget Feature Film (Allworth Press) is required or recommended reading at film, business and law schools throughout the country.

I am a co-author with Hayley Hughes (Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Lionsgate) of the book Reality Television Contracts: How To Negotiate the Best Deal (Allworth Press).

My article Runaway Film and Television Production: Carrots, Stick & International Tax Reform is published in 36 Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal 243 (2014).

My article The Taxation of Crowdfunding:  Income Tax Uncertainties and a Safe Harbor Test to Claim Gift Tax Exclusion is published in 64 U. Kan. L. Rev.  143 (2015)


Adjunct Instructor, Partnership Tax, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law


I received a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School, an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown  University Law Center and an M.F.A. in film from the University of Utah.

I am licensed to practice law in California and New York.