Mr Michael Williams > Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
28 LIBERTY STREET
New York NY 10005
NEW YORK
United States
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Work Department

Entertainment and Fashion

Position

Partner/Co-Chair

Career

Michael R. Williams, a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz is the Chair of the firm’s Fashion Group and Co-Chair of its Entertainment and Celebrity Branding Groups.

Mr. Williams’ clients include major television and motion picture actors, leading fashion designers, top models, fashion show production companies, photographers and executives in the entertainment and fashion industries.

Mr. Williams represents actors in the negotiation of deals to perform in film, television, theater and other media. He also works to assist clients in capitalizing on their name, fame, likeness, and other rights in all media. He negotiates and structures profitable merchandising, licensing, endorsement and spokesperson agreements, and counsels clients on the development of their own celebrity-branded product lines.

Mr. Williams has extensive experience working with fashion brands and individuals with regards to the creation, protection and, licensing of their intellectual property and trademarks. He also advises clients regarding corporate structuring and employment matters.

The 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America recognized Mr. Williams as a top entertainment lawyer, and The Hollywood Reporter included Mr. Williams in its Power Lawyers 2020: New York’s Top 20 Entertainment Attorneys coverage. Super Lawyers and The Legal 500 recognize Mr. Williams for his entertainment law expertise. In the past, he was also included in Variety’s “Dealmaker’s Impact Report.”

Mr. Williams is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in New York.

Education

Fairfield University (BS)
Albany School of Law (JD, cum laude)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional

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.