| William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Chief legal officer
After a career in private practice including in-house positions at Morgan Stanley and a stint as a general counsel of a public company, Seth Krauss joined William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) in June 2014. Created from the historic merger of William Morris Entertainment and Endeavor, it is a highly regarded talent management agency working across the television, cinema, sports, music and entertainment industries as well as bestselling authors and other personalities. In 2017 WME merged with major sports management agency IMG to create Endeavor, boosting its scope and portfolio, an important transaction and rebrand led by Krauss. Krauss has managed a legal department with a particularly strong focus on the development of younger lawyers. He follows an interdisciplinary, no siloes approach to practicing law, as he says, ‘ensuring we learn from each other and be positing to make yesterday better… failure is not a mistake if you learn from it’. Krauss takes great pride in the diversity of team and the breadth of its knowledge. The team covers a large range of topics including transactional, regulatory and political aspects the firm runs into and works as a thought leader handling problems and solutions. Krauss highlights that ‘for in house lawyers the advice is to remember the cornerstones, think like an owner or partner and never make it about yourself, but about process and avoiding needless bureaucracy. [You must] be willing to say no when it’s your job to and say yes but must find that path, [you] must be creative and think through how you can get the business to where it needs to be’.