Firm Profile > Loeb & Loeb LLP > Los Angeles, United States

Loeb & Loeb LLP
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Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

Praised by clients for its 'unmatched expertise in copyright litigation', Loeb & Loeb LLP is a key name in the market for representing content creators in the music and entertainment space. New York-based practice head Barry Slotnick, is a key name for high-profile litigation, having most recently represented hip hop duo Ryan Lewis and Macklemore in an infringement claim brought by a New Orleans-based jazz musician who claimed that the client's hit single 'Thriftshop' illegally sampled one of his compositions. Other standout highlights included David Grossman in LA and Jonathan Zavin in New York defending Netflix against copyright infringement allegations made by a photographer concerning the client's TV series Stranger Things. Also recommended in Los Angeles is Melanie Howard, who focuses on copyright protection and licensing, as well as acquisitions. Clients have also noted that the legal service they have 'come to expect at the top extends behind the scenes and on the front lines'. In particular, clients have singled out associate Sarah Schacter on the more junior end of the team.

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‘Unmatched expertise in copyright litigation on behalf of content owners. ‘

‘We’ve never lost a case in decades of work with the team; more importantly they’ve been critical in giving us the leverage to reach commercial solutions in countless cases before litigation becomes necessary.’

‘Loeb’s support in a range of transactional matters has been critical to our commercial success and risk management in a wide range of areas – corporate, financial, compliance, creative.’

‘Barry Slotnick is simply the best in the business. His advice and advocacy have helped us navigate a complex and litigious industry for decades. ‘

‘Partner Tal Dickstein is among the most capable attorneys I’ve ever had the privilege of working with – responsive, tireless, with an obvious mastery of the legal issues we face.’

‘Associate Sarah Schacter has proven that the quality of legal services we’ve come to expect at the top extend behind the scenes and on the front lines.’

Key clients

Richard Tyler “Ninja” Blevins

Big Hit Entertainment



Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.

Viacom International

Penguin Random House

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Showtime and Warner Brothers

Fox Searchlight, Guillermodel Toro

Big Fish Entertainment

Ryan Lewis and Ben Haggerty (p/k/a Macklemore)

Warner/Chappell Music Publishing

SonyATV Music Publishing


SpiritMusic Group

Concord Music Publishing


Morgan Creek Entertainment Group /Lionsgate


Universal and Paramount Pictures

Estate of B.B. King and Universal Music Group

Estate of Ben E. King

Juan Luis Guerra


M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 1

Loeb & Loeb LLP’s M&A team is active in cross-border and cross-industry transactions, leveraging the strengths of the firm's media and entertainment, technology, advertising, healthcare, energy, sports and financial services practices to provide full legal support to public and private company clients irrespective of industry sector. Mitchell Nussbaum in New York co-chairs the capital markets and corporate group, and specializes in advising growth companies and underwriting banks on IPOs, follow-on public offerings, PIPE deals and other securities transactions. Los Angeles-based Arash Khalili jointly leads the team alongside Nussbaum; Khalili is particularly standout in the media and entertainment sector, advising on brand monetization and disputes in addition to M&A, investment deals and financing transactions. Deputy chair Steven Hurdle (also in Los Angeles) is a key contact for digital media tech start-ups and their founders and investors. Also recommended is Lloyd Rothenberg in New York, who advises both early-stage growth companies and more mature companies in the technology, media, marketing and advertising sectors.

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‘They are thorough and thoughtful’.      

‘Arash Khalili is the most dynamic and passionate person I have worked with in this space’.         

‘Very experienced team’.

‘Very personal attention and responsiveness’. 

Key clients

Blackfin, Inc.

Elisabeth Murdoch


NV5 Global, Inc.

Glassbridge Enterprises, Inc.

Euromoney plc

American All Waste LLC

Newhold Enterprises LLC

Outbrain Inc.

TransUnion LLC

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Corporation

Annapurna Pictures

Savitsky Satin Bacon & Bucci (SSBB)

Daher Capital

HF Foods

Chardan Healthcare Acquisition Corp.

Akazoo Ltd.

Iteris, Inc.

FAT Brands Inc.

Strategic Global Management Inc.

S4 Capital plc

Daher Capital

V&A Capital

Precision Kidd Acquisition, LLC

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory Tier 1

Loeb & Loeb LLP houses, in addition to its strong advertising offering, a strong entertainment team with significant media clients on its books. As a result the practice is particularly notable for its work on matters that sit at the intersection of these two areas, with recent instructions including celebrity endorsements, sponsorships, and naming rights, often working with New York-based Advanced Media and Technology practice head James Taylor, or with members of the firm's sports-focused team. The firm is also highly active in a wide range of clearance and regulatory work, both for corporates and large agencies, as well as advising clients on social media and digital marketing issues. Brian Heidelberger chairs the Advertising, Marketing and Promotions from Chicago and is active in all areas of  advertising law, while New York-based managing partner Kenneth Florin is particularly adept in the field of digital marketing.

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Brian Heidelberger has a deep knowledge of the ad industry, and provides practical advice that is helpful to running an in-house advertising compliance program. 

Loeb and Loeb are experts in advertising law, especially the intersection of advertising and entertainment

Key clients




Pizza Hut

Publicis Groupe (SapientRazorfish, Digitas, Starcom, Saatchi & Saatchi, Spark Foundry, ZenithOptimedia, Expicient) and Publicis Healthcare Communications Group

T-Mobile USA

Toyota Motor North America




Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) Tier 1

Loeb & Loeb LLP’s 'exceptional' nonprofits team assists its impressive client roster with a full range of issues, leveraging the firm's litigation, real estate, corporate, and top-ranked advertising and marketing practices to provide comprehensive legal support to a variety of tax-exempt organizations. The group benefits from the experience of former regulators Jason Lilien in New York and Marcus Owens in Washington DC, both of whom have broad experience advising on governance matters, internal investigations and regulatory enforcement. Jointly leading the team alongside Lilien is Los Angeles-based tax planning specialist Leah Bishop and Diara Holmes in Washington DC, who acts both for nonprofit organizations in tax compliance and governance issues, and also for celebrities, high-net-worth individuals and families in establishing family foundations and donor-advised funds.

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This firm has an exceptional non-profit practice. Everyone who has worked with us are knowledgeable, competent and supportive. Partners and attorneys are extremely responsive and accessible.’

The attorneys are top notch. They are knowledgeable, approachable, and client oriented.

They care about our work as much as we do.

Partner Jason Lilien is amazing to work with! Jason not only provides exceptional service but really cares about our organization. His extensive experience, knowledge and competency in the non-profit sector, combined with incredible inter-personal skills and compassion for the work we do, is unique and rarely found in other firms I’ve engaged in my 50+ years of non-profit leadership.

Key clients

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

Fidelis Care (New York State Catholic Health Plan)

North Congregational United Church of Christ

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 2

Loeb & Loeb LLP's competitor versus competitor-focused practice spans its New York and Chicago offices, which house co-chairs David Mallen and Thomas Jirgal respectively. Mallen, a former deputy director of the National Advertising Division, is particularly notable for his work in relation to green or environmental claims, product testing, consumer surveys, and social media or influencer issues, as well as receiving instructions in the field of FTC and state regulatory investigations. Jirgal, meanwhile, focuses more on technological claims involving testing and statistical analysis, along with consumer perception issues in relation to implied claims. More broadly, the team handles federal Lanham act litigation, NAD representation and related appeals, along with its work in advertising-related IP, class actions, and investigations. Brian Heidelberger chairs the firm's advertising, marketing and promotions group.

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Media, technology and telecoms > Outsourcing Tier 2

Led by Kenneth Adler in New York, the team at Loeb & Loeb LLP assist its clients on outsourcing matters in insurance, financial services, consumer products and healthcare. Praised for being 'true experts' on outsourcing deals, the practice is 'capable of taking complex concepts and distilling them down so that they are understandable', the team works closely with the commercial department. Key practitioners include Chicago-based Alison Pollock Schwartz, in Washington DC Neil Lefkowitz, and in New York associate Benjamin Kabak. Also in New York, Akiba Stern has a focus on large outsourcing deals for financial services companies.

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The practice is unique in that the partners are very hands on and do not off lay the work to associates. They are true experts in the technology, outsourcing and managed services arenas and understand how the industry has changed over the years. They are capable of taking complex concepts and distilling them down so that they are understandable.’

Akiba Stern is one of the true masters of technology law. He is easy to work with and his style is pragmatic and sensible. He never gets phased and is collaborative with his clients. Because of his industry knowledge he is capable of debunking misnomers that opposing counsel often proffer. He is calm, cool and collected and does not get caught in the weeds. Akiba is always capable of bringing complex deals to fruition so that both parties feel they have received an equitable deal.’

Key clients

Northwell Health

The TJX Companies

Keurig Dr. Pepper

Toyota Motor Sales

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactional Tier 2

Scott Edel in Los Angeles heads the bi-coastal entertainment practice at Loeb & Loeb LLP, which advises on all sides of production, financing, and distribution deals in the film, television, and digital content sectors. The firm also has significant experience in the music industry; LA-based John Frankenheimer leads a team with established expertise acting for labels, talent, and in the live music and events space. On the east coast, key names include television practice chair Marc Chamlin, whose client list includes high-profile networks, talent, and production companies. Stefan Schick and Carol Kaplan, both of whom operate from the New York office, have notable expertise in the live theatre area, advising on licensing adaptations for the stage, financing, and related IP issues. In 2019 Andrew Kramer and entertainment finance specialist Paul Swanson joined the LA office from Global Entertainment Strategies and Irell & Manella LLP  respectively, while music specialist Derek Crownover joined the firm's Nashville office from Dickinson Wright PLLC.

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Scott Edel is the head of the department and our contact at Loeb. He is very responsive and well-informed on a broad range of entertainment topics. He supervises junior attorneys working on our matters carefully.

Key clients

Oprah Winfrey

BTS (Bangtan Boys)


Tomorrow X Together (TXT)

Warner Bros.







BET Networks


Disney Jr.

Alcon Entertainment


Glenn Close

Christie Brinkley

The Who

Melanie Martinez

Regina Spektor

Friends at Work

James TV

Diane Warren

Vice Media

Broadway, touring, London and other overseas theater productions

Alcon Television

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt






Bank of America

Cineflix Media

Nonscripted Production Companies – Lucky 8 TV, Sharp Entertainment, Truly Original

Black Label Media

King Features, a division of the Hearst Corporation

Chip and Joanna Gaines, Andy Cohen, Ree Drummond, Sara Haines, Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, Ty Pennington

Sony/ATV, The Maurice Sendak Foundation, John R. Cash Trust, Estate of Dean Martin, Estate of Alfred Hitchcock

Richard Tyler “Ninja” Blevins




MUFG Union Bank, N.A. and Comerica Bank


Ross Golan, Carrie Underwood, Quincy Jones, Vince Gill, Colbie Caillat, Duncan Sheik, Bill Maher, Corey Hart, Jordin Sparks, John R. Cash Revocable Trust, estate of B.B. King, Grand Ole Opry

Legendary Pictures

Superfly Events, KAABOO and Country Thunder Music Festivals


Alcon Entertainment

Studio 8

American Idol

Studio 71

Warner Music Group

Picture Head Holdings

Vice Media


Loretta Lynn

Rezonant Music Publishing

Various entertainers and recording artists –  Lauren Alaina, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Tomlin and Remi Adeleke

Numerous emerging musical artists – “The Accidentals,” Mereba, Teyana Taylor and Tim Montana

Singer-songwriters – Dan Smalley, Dylan Brady, Lance Miller, Anna Vaus and Tyler Reeve

Industry focus > Sport Tier 3

Loeb & Loeb LLP houses a multidisciplinary team with experience in litigation, financing, corporate and commercial work, and intellectual property to provide a full service to sports sector clients. One of the key growth areas for the team is esports, where the firm acts for high-profile individuals in media rights and endorsement deals, as well as representing league operators in broadcast rights and venue licensing matters. The bicoastal practice is chaired by Arash Khalili and Brian Socolow, who are based in Los Angeles and New York respectively, both of whom are highly experienced in IP-related transactions along with a wide range of commercial work. On the contentious side, Chicago-based IP and advertising litigator Douglas Masters is highly active in the brand protection space, working with brand owners, sports leagues, and individual athletes on copyright and trademark matters. In late 2019, the firm saw the arrival of Derek Crownover, who joined the Nashville office from Dickinson Wright PLLC and handles a broad spectrum of commercial work, with a particular specialism in copyright matters.

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They are exceptional. Quick response times. Efficient and focused approach to legal issues. Their attorneys are always knowledgeable and provide sage advice.

They give practical and pragmatic solutions that are sensitive to your specific corporate needs and approach. Doug Masters has a unique ability to cut to the core of an issue and present you with workable solutions.

Key clients

Richard Tyler “Ninja” Blevins

Miami Heat

Dwyane Wade

Reggie Bush

Tony Gonzalez

Terry Bradshaw

Allen Crabbe

John Wall

Tristan Thompson

Donovan Mitchell

Ephraim Salaam

Nyjah Huston

Chris Carter

Todd Fuhrman


Electronic Gaming Federation

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)


U.S. Soccer Federation, Inc.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Turner Sports, Inc.

Maine Mariners


Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Loeb & Loeb LLP handles a full range of trademarks matters, covering protection and enforcement, transactions such as licensing and merchandising agreements, sponsorships, and brand integration deals. Los Angeles-based Melanie Howard heads the practice group and is highly experienced in the entertainment and fashion industries. Douglas Masters is a key name in the Chicago office; he acts for clients such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Loeb & Loeb LLP's predominantly New York-based privacy, security and data innovations practice is a team to note for regulatory compliance and transactional advice, particularly in the media and entertainment sector. The key figures in the practice group are Ieuan Jolly, who handles privacy compliance, cybersecurity issues and data-driven transactions; Jessica Lee, a name to note for data monetization; media and advertising specialist James Taylor; and Chicago-based Robert Newman, who has broad-base expertise in privacy, marketing, e-commerce, and intellectual property.

Key clients

Comcast Cable Communications


Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Toyota Motor North America

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Loeb & Loeb LLP has built a solid white-collar criminal defense practice, representing corporates and individuals in criminal cases, regulatory enforcement, internal investigations, trials and appeals. Areas of expertise include securities, accounting and healthcare fraud, and FCPA ad money laundering, as well as environmental crimes. The group particularly stands out for handling public corruption cases, with experience defending union bosses and elected officials at state level. The department is jointly led by Chicago's Jeremy Margolis and Jay Musoff in New York. In Chicago, Joseph Duffy is a seasoned trial lawyer, while Tiffany Moseley in Washington DC is noted for internal and government investigations, as well as coordinating cross-border litigation.

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Key clients

John Coli, former head of the Chicago Teamsters

Norwood Jewell, former Vice President of the United Auto Workers Union

Edward Burke, City of Chicago Alderman

Wins Finance Holdings

LongFin Corporation

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 5

Loeb & Loeb LLP's bicoastal media litigation team represents a wide range of clients on all sides of the media industry, receiving instructions from high-profile talent, particularly in the music industry, along with large publishers, labels, film studios, distributors and networks, and financial companies investing in the media space. Intellectual property litigator Barry Slotnick chairs the practice from New York, while Los Angeles-based David Grossman, deputy chair of the firm's overall litigation practice, is the face of the media litigation team on the west coast. In addition to the IP litigation practice, which covers copyright infringement, trademark disputes, and idea submission, the firm handles a broad range of commercial disputes for media clients including contract disputes and tort cases, profit participation, and distribution disputes. Recent notable highlights include the representation of event producer Suprefly Presents in a dispute with Woodstock 50 over the cancellation of the event, which Superfly had been contracted to produce.

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Key clients

Superfly Presents


Fox Searchlight, Guillermo del Toro

Lindsey Buckingham

Legendary, Universal and Paramount Pictures

Richard “Don” Barnes

Morgan Creek Entertainment Group/Lionsgate

Union Patriot Capital Management, Inc.

Charter Communications

Marshall Broadcasting Group


Rudinplay, Inc.

Ryan Lewis, Ben Haggerty p/k/a Macklemore

Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, SonyATV Music Publishing, PeerMusic, Spirit Music Group, Concord Music Publishing, ABKCO Music

NBC Universal, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Truly Original

Estate of Ben E. King

Viacom International and Penguin Random House

Viacom International and Big Fish Entertainment

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Showtime and Warner Brothers

Juan Luis Guerra


Estate of B.B. King and Universal Music Group

Sony Pictures


Spirit Two Music


Real estate > Real estate Tier 5

Loeb & Loeb LLP has a particularly strong commercial leasing practice, acting for landlords and tenants in leasing deals at office buildings, leisure and hospitality properties, and retail facilities, among others. Another key area of focus is property finance, where the team represents institutional lenders and investors in the structuring and negotiation of financing and investment transactions. In addition to its transactional work, the firm is also active in property disputes, regularly handling litigation arising from landlord and tenant disputes, land use and zoning, real estate partnerships, title claims and environmental disputes, among others. Raymond Sanseverino, Steven Kornblau, Gil Feder and Nichole Cortese are names to note in New York, while West Coast contacts include Paul Rohrer in the firm's Los Angeles office.


‘The team at Loeb & Loeb is very capable and responsive.  They are our first choice for complex deals, those with sort time frames and sophisticated  sponsors. ‘

‘Partner, Steve Kornblau is the most capable lender attorney i have ever worked with.’

Key clients

Thomson Reuters

Brookfield Properties

TD Securities

RFR Realty

The Carlyle Group

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

The Bank of New York Mellon

Global Holdings

Glacier Global Holdings

Normandy Real Estate Partners

SL Green Realty Corp.

TH Real Estate (an affiliate of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America)

Joseph P. Day Realty

Ivanhoe Cambridge

Regal Cinemas

Bowery Presents

Groupe Labruyère Eberlé

Edwards Theatres

Hollywood Theatres

PromoWest Productions

CSH Curran

National Cooperative Bank

Deutsche Bank

Aareal Capital Corporation/Aareal Bank

Fifth Third Bank

Ermenegildo Zegna Corporation

Beth Israel Medical Center (Mount Sinai Health System)

Accor Business and Leisure North America

Williamsburgh Garage

D.K. Property


Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7

Loeb & Loeb LLP's tax practice is chaired by New York-based Alan Tarr who provides tax planning advice to companies and individuals. Ryan Austin in Los Angeles is another contact in the team.

Loeb & Loeb LLP is a multi-service law firm with more than 400 attorneys focusing on select core industries and practice areas, rather than endeavoring to be all things to all clients. The firm represents multinational, Fortune 100 companies in their mid-market transactions and litigation matters and serves as primary outside counsel to a multitude of mid-market clients. The firm also represents clients ranging from start-ups to high-net-worth individuals and families. Loeb & Loeb has offices located in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Nashville, Washington DC, San Francisco, Beijing and Hong Kong. The firm has an established history and nationally recognized reputation in the entertainment and media industries and is highly regarded for its depth in financial services and real estate.

Loeb & Loeb prides itself on client matters being conducted and coordinated expertly, efficiently and expeditiously. Its culture is geared towards establishing and strengthening long-term client relationships, with an emphasis on senior attorney involvement in all transactions and matters. Teams are kept to optimal size to provide the highest quality advice, utmost efficiency and seamless, cost-effective service across practices and offices.

Main areas of practice: Advertising and promotions; bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights; capital markets, corporate; digital media; energy; entertainment; finance; intellectual property; life science; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations; outsourcing; patent litigation and counseling; privacy; private equity; real estate; securities litigation; talent; tax; technology licensing; trademarks and copyrights; trusts and estates; white-collar criminal defense and investigations.

International work: Loeb & Loeb assists foreign companies, particularly in Asia and other emerging markets, with cross-border corporate and securities transactions; private equity and venture capital financings; and litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings.

Loeb & Loeb also represents companies and individuals in the global entertainment industry in complex motion picture production, distribution and financing deals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Advanced media and technology James Taylor
Bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights Walter Curchack
Bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights Lance Jurich
Capital markets and corporate Mitchell Nussbaum
Capital markets and corporate Arash Khalili
Employment and labor Michelle La Mar
Entertainment and media Scott Edel
Finance Bryan Petkanics
Litigation Daniel Murphy
Patent litigation and counseling Mark Waddell
Real estate Raymond Sanseverino
Trusts and estates Leah Bishop
Trusts and estates Bruce Wexler
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ryan Austin  photo Mr Ryan Austin Partner
Mr David Barksdale  photo Mr David Barksdale Partner
Ms Leah Bishop  photo Ms Leah Bishop Co-Chair, Trusts & Estates; Co-Chair, Nonprofits & Tax-Exempt Organizations
Ms Regina Covitt  photo Ms Regina Covitt Partner
Ms Linda Deitch  photo Ms Linda Deitch Partner
Mr Allan Duboff  photo Mr Allan Duboff Partner
Mr Scott Edel  photo Mr Scott Edel Chair, Entertainment
Mr W Allan Edmiston  photo Mr W Allan Edmiston Partner
Mr John Frankenheimer  photo Mr John Frankenheimer Chairman Emeritus, Loeb & Loeb LLP; Chair, Music Industry
Mr David Grace  photo Mr David Grace Partner
Mr David Grossman  photo Mr David Grossman Partner
Ms Rachel Harris  photo Ms Rachel Harris Chair, International Trust & Estate Planning
Ms Melanie Howard  photo Ms Melanie Howard Chair, Intellectual Property Protection
Mr Allen Hubsch  photo Mr Allen Hubsch Partner
Mr Steven Hurdle Jr.  photo Mr Steven Hurdle Jr. Deputy Chair, Capital Markets and Corporate
Ms Ivy Kagan Bierman  photo Ms Ivy Kagan Bierman Partner
Mr Christopher Kelly  photo Mr Christopher Kelly Partner
Mr Arash Khalili  photo Mr Arash Khalili Co-Chair, Capital Markets and Corporate; Co-Chair, Sports
Ms Michelle La Mar  photo Ms Michelle La Mar Chair, Employment & Labor
Mr Thomas Lawson  photo Mr Thomas Lawson Co-Chair, Tax
Mr Daniel Murphy  photo Mr Daniel Murphy Chair, Litigation
Mr Ronald Pearson  photo Mr Ronald Pearson Partner
Mr Paul Severin  photo Mr Paul Severin Vice Chair, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Mr Shahrooz Shahnavaz  photo Mr Shahrooz Shahnavaz Partner
Mr Allen Sussman  photo Mr Allen Sussman Partner
Mr Paul Swanson  photo Mr Paul Swanson Chair, Entertainment Finance
Mr Stuart Tobisman  photo Mr Stuart Tobisman Partner
Mr Scott Zolke  photo Mr Scott Zolke Partner
Number of Partners : 216
Number of Lawyers : 224
Chairman : Kenneth R. Florin
Vice Chairmen : Paul Severin
Vice Chairmen : Mitchell S. Nussbaum
Other Offices : Beijing
Other Offices : Chicago
Other Offices : Hong Kong
Other Offices : Los Angeles
Other Offices : Nashville
Other Offices : New York
Other Offices : Washington DC
Other Offices : San Francisco