Daniel M. Wasser

A combination of extensive entertainment law experience and a background in corporate and securities law enables Dan to counsel clients on a broad range of business and legal issues. Clients include senior executives in public and private companies, prominent artists, film, television and stage producers, theatrical investment funds, and numerous other businesses. 

Within the entertainment field, Dan has a particular focus on theater law, representing producers as well as playwrights, underlying rightsholders, and financiers. Broadway productions for which Dan has served as production counsel include "Matilda," "Evita," "Alan Cumming's Macbeth," "Godspell," "Legally Blonde," "Young Frankenstein," and "The Producers." He lectures regularly on theatrical finance at Columbia University and in other venues, is the former co-chair of the Law Journal Seminars "Negotiating Contracts in the Entertainment Industry," and the co-author, with his law partner Elliot H. Brown, of "A Practical Guide to Theatrical Financing." Dan's entertainment industry work involves not only the exploitation and protection of intellectual property rights, but also acquisitions, joint ventures, loans, private placements, and other corporate transactions.  

Dan provides a range of personal services to the firm's individual clients. As a substantial portion of his practice, Dan negotiates employment contracts for senior executives in a wide range of fields, including media sales, television, publishing, and advertising. This representation often involves the negotiation of equity-based incentive compensation arrangements for executives in companies backed by private equity. Dan also supervises the firm’s residential real estate practice, which regularly involves multi-million dollar transactions, including several in excess of $20,000,000.

Dan is listed by "Super Lawyers" in the field of Entertainment and Sports, ranking him among the top 5% of attorneys in New York State, according to that publication. In 2013, Dan also was selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell as a Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment. The publication noted Dan's AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, which shows he "has been deemed by his peers to have demonstrated the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability." 

Dan received an A.B. degree from Brown University (1976), where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his law degree from New York University (1980).

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