The Law Offices of Mark Litwak and Associates has offered its clients high quality legal and business solutions for more than twenty-five years. We serve a global clientele in transactions involving financing, producing, and distributing motion picture, television, and new media projects. We primarily represent writers, directors, producers and production companies. Mark is an AV rated lawyer, author, arbitrator and Adjunct Professor at USC Law School where he teaches courses on entertainment law.
Mark Litwak named a Southern California Super Lawyer
Mark Litwak has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Southern California for 2015. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. This is 6th time Mark has been honored with this award.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-‐phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.
The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Super Lawyers magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to superlawyers.com or click Here.
Mark also has for many years received an AV peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest rating given a lawyer.
Areas of Practice
□ Entertainment Law
□ Contract Law
□ Copyright and Clearances
□ Trademark and Unfair Competition
□ Business Transactions and Formation
□ Motion Picture Finance and Distribution
□ Television and Film Production Legal
□ Expert Witness Services
□ Book and New Media publishing
Congratulations to our clients Wendy and Dale Peterson whose film Hello My Name is Frank, will be shown as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 27, at 7:30 PM at Lido Live theater.
MTV News quoted Mark in an article about remake rights to the Hulk movies.
April 24, 2015 Self-Defense Seminar in New York.
Mark will be conducting an all-day seminar in New York City on April 24th, 2015 called Self Defense for Writers and Filmmakers with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Link
This comprehensive seminar explores legal protections for writers and filmmakers in wake of how independent films are financed and distributed. Topics include financing via pre‑sales, debt and limited partnerships, negotiating tactics, typical contract terms, cross‑collaterization and creative accounting. Particular attention is paid to how producers and filmmakers can protect themselves by watering down warranties, getting added to the E & O policy, using lab access letters to retain possession of the negative, utilizing termination and arbitration clauses. The seminar includes a handout with a distribution contract, articles, a self‑defense checklist and other materials. Other topics include criteria for selecting a distributor; what is negotiable and what is not; compliance with state and federal laws when seeking investors; retaining an attorney or producer's rep; confirming arbitration awards in Superior Court; and, enforcing judgments.
Details as to how to sign up will be posted later.
NEW ADDRESS: We will have moved to new offices in Brentwood at 11766 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 270, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Our telephone number remains the same.