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Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
New York NY 10005
United States

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

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC particularly stands out in the advertising and marketing sphere. Its well-known team of regularly works with brands looking for traditional advertising advice, including production, media marketing and influencer agreements, unions and contracts matters, FTC and FCC enforcement,  as well as assistance on innovative matters spanning from adtech and AI to blockchain and NFTs. In New York, Terri Seligman, a ‘leading attorney in the advertising space’, manages a deep bench of lawyers including Brian Murphy, who is praised as ‘an encyclopedia of legal knowledge in all things entertainment and advertising law‘. Hannah Taylor also stands out for leading on numerous matters and is described as ‘a trusted resource for advertising and marketing transactional work’. ‘Exceptional’ IP lawyer Rayna Lopyan, sports and entertainment expert Christopher Chase and managing partner and chairman of the global advertising lawyers alliance Jeffrey Greenbaum are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Terri Seligman

Other key lawyers:


‘Frankfurt Kurnit has a best in class knowledge of this area. They are thoughtful and thorough and always meet deadlines no matter how challenging they can be.’

‘Brian Murphy and Rayna Lopyan are exceptional. They really understand our business and can provide practical advice.’

‘The turn-around time for advice and work product is speedy, and the lawyers always make themselves available promptly for calls. Most importantly, the lawyers give shrewd, but commercial and practical legal advice that is not just couched in a list of risks. They also shy away from overly formal legal responses – like memos and long emails. Unlike other firms, the lawyers will admit when they are not an expert in an area, which is extremely important.’

‘Terri Seligman is the best in providing advice with respect to advertising, marketing, promotions or other consumer matters. Terri’s commitment to client service is unsurpassed.’

‘Brian Murphy is an encyclopedia of legal knowledge in all things entertainment and advertising law related and provides practical counsel v. theoretical counsel that can’t be applied in real world situations. Terri Seligman is a leading attorney in the advertising space, and is a go-to lawyer for any issues at the NAD. Provides practical advice as well and does a super job of advocating for her clients at the NAD.’

‘Responsive, creative and just great people overall. They really know the business.’

‘Jeff Greenbaum is a superstar. He’s somehow always available despite always being busy.’

‘This practice is particularly knowledgeable about the ever evolving advertising industry. They make it a point to stay up to date with new developments in the ad world, along with innovations in other areas that could affect the ad industry. They bottle that knowledge up and publish a newsletter that keeps all of their clients aware of these changes/innovations. Hannah Taylor is a trusted resource for advertising and marketing transactional work.

Key clients

URBN Urban Outfitters




MSG Networks

Domino’s Pizza Inc.


TBWA Worldwide

Wieden & Kennedy


Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 2

From key players in interactive entertainment to music, publishing to TV content production, the practice at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC covers the entire media & entertainment industry and also advises on cutting-edge matters such as NFTs and other Blockchain-related endeavors. From Los Angeles, Andrew Hurwitz co-heads the department- deeply entrenched in the film & television industry, he is an expert on development, production, financing, and distribution agreements and recently represented the Roald Dahl Story Company in their sale to Netflix. In New York, co-head Michael Williams has extensive expertise in the fashion industry. Additionally in New York, Julie Murray advises production companies such as Jupiter Entertainment for which she negotiated a ‘First Look’ deal with Bronco Productions. Further recommended in New York is Marcie Cleary who focuses her expertise on talent management and cultural creators. Hayden Goldblatt is a specialist in film financing, also based in New York.    

Practice head(s):

Michael Williams; Andrew Hurwitz

Other key lawyers:

Richard Heller; Victoria Cook; Lisa E. Davis; Marcie Cleary; Hayden Goldblatt; Sasha Levites; Julie Murray; Amy Nickin; Alan Sacks


‘Sasha Levites – incredibly detail oriented, approachable, engaged and most of all, courteous and easy to work with for the OTHER side, so that deals are handled easily and smoothly on both ends.’

‘My attorney, Andrew Hurwitz, is one of my closest advisors. In fact, I typically go to him before talking to my manager or agents. His perspective on the industry and on life is invaluable to me. I can’t even guess how many times I’ve spoken to him on a weekend. It makes a big difference to me knowing that the attorney speaking on my behalf walks through the world with integrity.’

‘The media and entertainment team at FKKS are unparalleled in their professionalism and capacity to juggle many complex situations for a multitude of clients. Their ability to also navigate through various aspects of the media and entertainment industries has also been impressive.’

‘Mike Williams is one of, if not the best and most measured entertainment attorneys I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Patient, thorough, and most importantly empathetic, he has a skill set and emotional intelligence that provides for him to be a consistent and integral part of any team i bring him onto.’

‘The FKKS team has an unparalleled understanding of the entertainment business from both a legal and creative POV. They are incredibly well connected, communicative and are true problem solvers. They approach each project with fresh eyes and a willingness to find new ways to protect everyone legally but also achieve the desired creative outcome.’

‘I have never worked with a legal team that is as well versed in so many areas as this team is. There is no topic or question we have that they aren’t able to answer for us. Specifically Marcie Cleary who is a breath of fresh air. She is incredibly smart, available to her clients and thoughtful in how she handles every issue we send her way.’

‘The attorneys at FKKS are incredibly experienced and knowledgeable, but we consider them more than just powerhouse attorneys. We value their strategic advice, their creative input, and their moral compass. They are invaluable members of our team.’

‘I am proud to be represented by our attorneys at FKKS: they are problem solvers, strategists, and scholars. Victoria Cook is the smartest person I know, an incredible advocate and critical thinker with a deep knowledge of film and media (our sector). I trust her opinion, her judgement, and her taste.’

Key clients

Aaron Sorkin

Dean Koontz

John Goodman

Tom McCarthy

Phil Johnston

The Roald Dahl Literary Estate

Agatha Christie Estate

Hasbro, Inc.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Epic Games

Topic Studios / First Look Productions

Frank Loesser Estate

Jupiter Entertainment

Zero Point Zero Production

Above Average Productions

Work highlights

    Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation

    In New York, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC‘s Terri Seligman is praised for her leadership of the advertising, marketing and public relations group, which is known for handling both in and out-of-court matters.

    Intellectual property > Copyright

    New York-based firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC maintains a strong bi-coastal presence to safeguard and manage the global copyrights of creators and corporates in publishing, sports, and entertainment.

    Long recognized as a leading media, entertainment and advertising law firm, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz, PC provides the highest quality legal services to clients in a wide range of industries and disciplines.

    With more than 100 lawyers, Frankfurt Kurnit represents a diverse group of clients, from Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, charitable organizations and law firms, to celebrities, artists and individuals working in many fields. In addition to advising clients on entertainment, advertising and intellectual property matters, Frankfurt Kurnit has equally strong practices in commercial, media and intellectual property litigation, white- collar criminal defense, corporate and tax law, technology law, privacy and data security, charitable organizations, trusts and estates, legal ethics and real estate. By combining a diverse group of lawyers and practice groups to address any client’s matters, Frankfurt Kurnit brings a unique, client-focused approach to helping clients achieve their goals, whether resolving a dispute, getting the deal done or just planning for the future. Without the obstacles posed by rigid ‘department’ structures or protective ‘relationship’ partners, Frankfurt Kurnit prides itself on efficient client service.

    Historically known for its entertainment practice, Frankfurt Kurnit expanded into publishing, advertising, public relations, fashion, leisure and marketing services, and so was poised to address the challenges of the digital world. The firm has pioneered the application of intellectual property and entertainment industry business models to new and innovative media. Today it continues to guide large and small players in the full range of interactive communications and entertainment.

    In addition to The Legal 500, Frankfurt Kurnit also receives the highest marks from Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and other lawyer ranking services. 

    Main areas of practice: Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations, Advertising Technology, Art Law, Branded Entertainment, Celebrity Branding, Charitable Organizations, Content Review & Clearance, Corporate & Finance, Cross-Border Transactions & Global Media Clearance, Entertainment, Estate Planning & Administration, Executive Compensation & Employment, Employment Compliance, Training & Litigation, Fashion, Intellectual Property, Interactive Entertainment, IP Finance, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Litigation, Publishing, Real Estate, Restaurants, Securities Fraud & White-Collar Defense, Sports, Tax, Technology, Privacy & Data Security, Trademark & Brand Management.

    Advertising and Marketing Terri
    Advertising and Marketing; Blockchain Technology Hannah
    Blockchain Technology Jeremy S.
    Entertainment; Fashion Michael
    Entertainment Andrew
    Litigation; Intellectual Property Maura
    Theatre Mark
    Sports Christopher
    Trademark and Brand Management Catherine
    Interactive Entertainment S. Gregory
    Interactive Entertainment Sean F.
    Executive Compensation Gavin
    Employment Wendy
    Litigation; Employment Tricia
    Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Ronald C.
    Estate Planning Linda
    Charitable Organizations J.J. Harwayne
    Corporate Deborah
    Corporate Jay S.
    Tax Jeffrey
    Real Estate Larry
    Privacy and Data Security Daniel M.
    Number of Partners : 46
    Number of Other Fee-Earners : 56
    Total Staff : 72
    Managing Partner : Jeffrey A. Greenbaum
    Other Offices : Los Angeles

    Frankfurt Kurnit provides the highest quality legal services to clients in a wide range of industries and disciplines worldwide. With leading practices in entertainment, advertising, intellectual property, privacy, technology, litigation, corporate finance, estate planning, charitable organizations, and professional responsibility. By combining a deep industry knowledge across a diverse group of lawyers and practice groups, Frankfurt Kurnit brings a unique, client-focused approach to helping clients achieve their goals.