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Erach Farrokh Screwvala

Erach Farrokh Screwvala

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Entertainment, Intellectual Property

About Me

I started Screwvala LLC to create a new kind of law business.  One that focuses on building lasting relationships and delivering solid value.  I work with families as a Personal Family Lawyer® and serve individuals and businesses in the entertainment industry

In my entertainment practice, I work with individuals and companies engaged in the motion picture, live stage theater, book publishing, and music businesses. I regularly counsel clients on locating and clearing rights, copyright issues, and production financing. I also negotiate and draft contracts on a wide range of issues, including acquisition agreements, talent agreements, collaboration agreements, publishing and recording contracts, and prepare financing documents.

My clients include both established authors, producers, and businesses as well as start-ups.

As a Personal Family Lawyer®, I help families create plans to transfer their wealth to the next generation.  We seek to create long lasting relationships with our clients so that their plans never become stale or out-of-date.  As a special offer on Avvo, I'm holding open two slots for a free Family Wealth Planning Session (normally $750), just by mentioning that you saw me on Avvo.

Call or e-mail me to see how I and my firm can help you with your project.


Intellectual Property
Theater and Theatrical Financing
Motion Picture Production
Music Licensing and Recording Contracts
Book Publishing Agreements
Talent Agreements
Collaboration Agreements
Rights Acquisitions
Copyright Law
Business Formation

Estate Planning


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Entertainment: 40%
    2 years
  2. Estate Planning: 40%
    2 years
  3. Intellectual Property: 20%
    2 years



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Wrongful Death Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Screwvala LLC

234 West 44th Street, Suite 900
New York, NY, 10036



NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 199803/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Ethics AwardNew York State Bar Association1998
Best Advocate, Trial CompetitionNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1997

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerScrewvala LLC2010 - Present
PartnerRobinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck, P.C.2007 - 2010
AssociateRobinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck, P.C.2000 - 2007
AssociateMound Cotton Wollan1998 - 2000


Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Automobile Club of New York, Inc. v. DykstraNew York City tow law struck down
State Insurance Fund v. Eugene Iovine, Inc.Summary judgment granted in favor of defendant finding that non-wage cash payments could not be included in premium calculation.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Association for Recorded Sound CollectionsWebcasting and Copyright Law or Why Old Dogs Can't Learn New Tricks2005
Association for Recorded Sound CollectionsCopyright Due Diligence2005
Association for Recorded Sound CollectionsCopyright CPR or When Public Domain is not Public Domain2004


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawN/AJD cum laude1998
Oberlin CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Weekend Intensive for Showcase ProducingContracts, Options, and Underlying Rights2012
Raising Money For Theater: How, Who and When to AskCommercial Funding: Formalizing Your Ask2012
Producer Development & Mentorship ProgramSelf-Producing Artists2011
Pen World Voices Festival of International LiteratureTranslator Rights and Translator Wrongs2011