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Super Lawyers, Metro New York, October 2016 Annual List

FWRV is Only Entertainment Firm on Super Lawyers List of “50 Law Firms Professionals Should Know About”
Thirteen lawyers are named as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars

As we celebrate our 50th year of practicing entertainment law,  FWRV is honored to have been selected as the only Entertainment and Sports Law firm included by Super Lawyers on its New York Metro edition list of “50 Law Firms Professionals Should Know About.”

For the eleventh consecutive year, individual FWRV attorneys also were selected for the Super Lawyers New York Metro edition list. Partners Steven Beer, Richard Beyman, Elliot Brown, Eric Brown, Nick Gordon, Matthew Lefferts, Neil Rosini, Michael Rudell, Rose Schwartz, Daniel Wasser and Ken Weinrib were named in the Entertainment and Sports area of practice.  FWRV’s newest partner, Jake Levy and associate, Julie Angell, were selected as New York Metro Rising Stars in the same category.

  • According to Super Lawyers, attorneys are selected in a four-step process beginning with nominations by their peers.  They are then evaluated by independent researchers across “12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.”   In the third step, a “highly credentialed Blue Ribbon Panel” narrows the list.  Final selection is based on “highest point totals” in four categories based on firm size.
  • Super Lawyers states that the “final published list represents no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state.”
  • The selection process for Rising Stars is the same except “a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less…[and] no more than 2.5 percent [of lawyers in a state] are named to the Rising Stars list.”

U.S. News-Best Lawyers, 2017 Edition

U.S. News-Best Lawyers again placed FWRV in their Tier 1 (highest possible ranking) of law firms at both national and New York City levels in two categories: "Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures & Television” and "Entertainment Law - Music."

"Best Law Firms" is a collaboration between U.S. News & World Report and the "Best Lawyers" peer review guide. According to the publication, “[r]ankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.” 

Clients who participated in the rankings were asked to provide feedback addressing “expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm.”  Lawyers voted on “expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.”  Law firms were asked to provide “general demographic and background information on the law firm and attorneys, and other data that speaks to the strengths of a law firm’s practice areas.”

The 2017 "Best Law Firms" rankings are published at the U.S. News & World Report website:

Chambers USA

FWRV is distinguished by a “Band 1” rating, which is the highest tier for a “Media & Entertainment: Film, Music, Television & Theater - New York” firm.  

  • 2016 Edition: A boutique firm with a well-established reputation in film, television, music and theater. Also represents authors and other writers, as well as investors in the media and entertainment space.

    Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
    • “I like that there’s somebody there with a great level of expertise in every area we need, and they work exceptionally well together in their different departments.”

    • “A great law firm that does it all. Their people are excellent in their areas.”
  • 2015 Edition: Offers clients a wealth of experience handling significant media and entertainment transactions in the film, television, theater and music industries.
  • 2014 Edition: Boutique entertainment practice comprising highly skilled practitioners.  Offers extensive expertise across both new media and traditional media platforms. "There are excellent people there."
  • 2013 Edition: This boutique entertainment firm continues to represent clients from all corners of the industry, from traditional television, film, music and theater to more innovative new media.  It is commended for its breadth and depth of industry knowledge.  Sources say: "High quality!"
  • 2012 Edition: This superb boutique is recognized throughout the market for the quality and range of services it provides to clients in the industry.  The firm has expertise across the spectrum of film, television, music and theater issues, and in addition to its strengths in these areas, is widely sought after to advise on publishing, branded entertainment and digital media.  Sources say: "A quality firm." "They are excellent."
  • 2011 Edition: This highly regarded firm continues to provide clients with superior standard of service. Its exceptional media and entertainment team offers wide-ranging counsel relating to motion picture and TV work, publishing and live theater. Sources say: "This is an excellent firm that provides a broad high-quality practice."
  • 2010 Edition: This group excels thanks to its exceptional team of specialists who provide a broad range of expertise in issues relating to the film, TV, theater, music and publishing industries.  Clients range from actors, directors and TV production companies, through to major music labels and film studios.  Sources say: "At the top of the field due to the breadth and exceptional quality of the practice."
  • 2009 Edition:"Entertainment law runs through the veins of this firm," which attracts praise for "its creativity, approachability and top quality counsel." The group advises producers and investors in TV, film and theater and acts for authors involved in TV and motion picture deals.
  • 2008 Edition:  "A responsive outfit full of imaginative and innovative lawyers." Sources say that this significant boutique is a prolific performer on noteworthy issues in entertainment, where it acts for authors on their film rights and on topics relating to financing agreements. The team "produces incredibly reliable advice" and continues to be "an incredibly strong choice" for theater, motion pictures production and distribution, music publishing and recordings, and independent film production companies.