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Eight Loeb Partners Honored in Variety's 2023 Legal Impact Report

Loeb & Loeb is proud to announce that Variety has named the following partners to its 2023 Legal Impact Report: Litigation partner Jim Curry; Scott Edel, chair of the firm's Entertainment department; Litigation partner John Gatti; David Grossman, co-chair of the Litigation department; Litigation partner Wook Hwang; Arash Khalili, co-chair of the Capital Markets & Corporate department and co-chair of the Sports industry practice; and Paul Swanson, chair of the Entertainment Finance practice. The annual report recognizes the world’s top entertainment lawyers who have had a major impact on the entertainment industry over the past year.

Variety also recognized Litigation partner Lauren Fried in the report's "Up Next" list, which features emerging litigators and dealmakers who have made an impact in the entertainment sector over the past year.

David Grossman, Jim Curry, John Gatti and Wook Hwang are included among the litigation teams selected to this year’s report. David is recognized for recently defending Paramount against the estate of Truman Capote’s claim that they own the rights to the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, while Jim noted for representing CBS in lawsuits over its show Judge Judy. John is featured for successfully representing music artist Tracy Chapman in a copyright infringement against rapper Nicky Minaj, and Wook is recognized for his current representation Condé Nast in its trademark and false advertising action against hip hop artists Drake and 21 Savage.

In addition, Scott Edel, Arash Khalili and Paul Swanson are honored among the report’s list of transactional teams. The profile highlights Scott’s representation of Alcon Entertainment in its production deals for the Blade Runner 2099 sequel series with Amazon and the animated motion picture Garfield. Arash is noted for representing Vin Di Bona Productions, the company behind the show America’s Funniest Home Videos, and FishBowl WorldWide Media in their majority stake sale to an investor group. Paul’s work for Non-Fungible Films, including its corporate restructuring and agreements related to NFTs and its exploitation in film and TV projects, is also featured in the profile. 

Furthermore, Lauren is noted in her "Up Next" profile for working closely with John Gatti on securing a victory for DirectTV in litigation brought by SAG-AFTRA. She is also highlighted for securing a win alongside John for film company Miramax against photographer Firooz Zahedi, who claimed to own the rights to an iconic photograph of Uma Thurman used in a movie poster for Pulp Fiction.

To read the full report, please visit Variety’s website.