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Mark Litwak

Mark Litwak

Practice areas:

Entertainment, Arbitration, Contracts & Agreements, Trademark Application

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About Me

Mark Litwak is an entertainment attorney based in Beverly Hills, California. His practice includes work in the areas of copyright, trademark, contract, multimedia law, intellectual property, and book publishing. As a Producer’s Representative, he assists filmmakers in arranging financing, marketing and distribution of their films. His filmmaker clients have had award winning films in Cannes, Toronto, Telluride and other festivals.


The firm has represented filmmakers who have produced award-winning films such as Prisoner of the Mountain (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes), To End All Wars (Telluride, Toronto), Hustle & Flow (Audience Award, Sundance), and winners of top prize at the Hampton’s International Film Festival (Unconditional Love, Mugshot, and Screen Door Jesus), and DeNadie (winner World Cinema Documentary Audience Award, Sundance 2006). During Sundance 2005, three clients had films acquired for distribution: Hustle & Flow, which won the Audience Award; The Matador and Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School. Five clients had films exhibited during Sundance 2007 (Black Snake Moan, The Ten, Padre Nuestro, Expired and Fido). 


Litwak is the author of six books: Reel Power, The Struggle for Influence and Success in the New Hollywood (William Morrow, 1986)Courtroom Crusaders (William Morrow, 1989), Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 3rd. Ed. 2009)(winner of the 1996 Krazna-Kranz award for best book in the world on the film business), Contracts for the Film & Television Industry (Silman-James Press, 3rd Ed. 2012), Litwak's Multimedia Producer's Handbook (Silman-James Press, 1998) and Risky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Film (2nd Ed. 2009).

He has contributed articles for The Los Angeles Times, The Business of Film, The Hollywood Reporter, Moviemaker and The Independent. He is the creator of the popular CD-ROM program Movie Magic Contracts.


Mark Litwak earned a B.A. and M.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of San Diego School Of Law. Mr. Litwak has been a lawyer since 1977. After graduation he was admitted to the bars in New York, California and Washington D.C. His practice today is based in Beverly Hills, California. He has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2012.


As a law professor he has taught such subjects as entertainment law, copyright, torts and worker’s compensation at such institutions as U.S.C. Gould School of Law, Loyola Law School and the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He has taught entertainment law courses at U.C.L.A. extension for more than 20 years. Litwak has lectured for continuing legal educations programs of the American Bar Association as well as programs offered by the California and Texas state bar associations. A frequent speaker, he has presented seminars across the United States, and in England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Canada including lectures at the American Film Institute, Harvard, Columbia, N.Y.U, the University of British Columbia and the Royal College of Art in London.


Litwak has represented clients in entertainment industry arbitrations. He also serves as an arbitrator on the AAA and IFTA entertainment panels. He has completed several AAA commercial arbitrator training workshops.


His background also includes stints as a television journalist, writing and producing news segments for Telepictures, and as a television producer, with Marble Arch Productions. He is a former Vice President and General Counsel for Dorason, a merchant banking and communications company. Litwak has packaged movie projects and served as executive producer on such feature films as "The Proposal," "Out Of Line" and "Pressure." He has provided legal services or worked as a rep on more than 200 motion pictures.


Litwak has been interviewed on more than 100 television and radio shows including ABC News, "The Larry King Show," National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," and CNN. He has been the subject of articles in California Law Business, Australian Lawyer and L.A. Weekly. He is the creator of the Magellan 4 Star site, Entertainment Law Resources, at www.marklitwak.com.


Litwak was featured in a 2006 article in Southern California Super Lawyersmagazine.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. Entertainment: 60%
    32 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Arbitration: 20%
    500 cases
  3. Trademark Application: 10%
    200 cases
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
    38 years, 1 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($450-500/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Law Offices of Mark Litwak & Associates

433 N Camden Dr
Ste 1010
Beverly Hills, CA, 90210-4414

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197708/19/2015
NYResigned 197803/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Top AttorneysLos Angeles Magazine2013
Southern California SuperlawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Southern California SuperlawyersSuperlawyers2007
Southern California SuperlawyersSuperlawyers2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorU.S.C. Gould School of Law2013 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorU.C.L.A. Extension1986 - 2013
PrincipalLaw Offices of Mark Litwak & Associates1977 - Present

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of San Diego SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
City University of New York, Queens CollegeUrban StudiesM.A.1974
Queens CollSocial PsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1973

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts SeminarSelf Defense for Writers and Filmmakers2013
California Lawyers for the ArtsRisky Business: Financing and Distributing Independent Films2012
2012 New Zealand Production ConferenceDistributing Independent Film2012
Filmnut Television showEntertainment Attorney Mark Litwak2011
U.C.L.A. ExtensinoRisky Business2010
State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law SectionINTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA2008
NALIP Producer's ConferencePITCHING, FINANCING AND DISTRIBUTING FILMS2005