April 15, 2015

Variety’s 2015 Legal Impact Report: The Agencies, Counsel, Lawyers and Litigators

Related Attorney(s): Patricia L. Glaser, Barbara M. Rubin

Related Practice(s): Litigation, Entertainment

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PATTY GLASER

Litigation Department Chair and Partner
RUTGERS SCHOOL OF LAW, 1973

This respected litigator’s major projects included representing Sweetpea Entertainment and Sweetpea BVI in a lawsuit filed by Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast and advising Bold Films on potential and actual disputes related to the creation of the “Nightcrawler” script.

IN HER WORDS:

Glaser has observed an evolution in courtroom presentations, including a trend toward more use of graphics. "Jurors and triers of fact are expecting people to make a high-tech presentation,” she notes. “Whether it’s graphics of some kind or a timeline, you tell your story graphically more today than ever before.”

BARBARA RUBIN

Entertainment and Media Partner
LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL (LOS ANGELES), 1978

As executive director of Loyola Law School’s Entertainment Law Practicum, Rubin has spent the past year not only practicing entertainment law but also teaching it. She also oversees Loyola’s internship program, which has placed students at MTV, NBC, CBS, Legendary Pictures, WME and elsewhere. Her projects as Entertainment and Media Partner at Glaser Weil this year included structuring and negotiating a deal with Participant Media’s cable network to air the Peabody Awards as well as her department handling transactional entertainment matters including production legal for the hit television series "Dancing with the Stars".

IN HER WORDS:

“For me, the most gratifying part of my career is that I have one foot in the business and practice of law and one foot in the academic arena,” she says. “I think I’m being helpful in bridging the gap between the two.”