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William Nix is an attorney with extensive experience in corporate formation, operations and business affairs, as well as being an experienced litigator and ADR practitioner with substantial expertise in the entertainment, media, sports, intellectual property and creativity fields. He has served as Co-Chair of Baker Botts LLP's Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group, as VP of Legal and Business Affairs for NBA Properties and as COO of the network of nearly 2,000 employees and representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America's global Intellectual Property Group. He has worked closely with Internet/Software businesses as a strategist and operational advisor for many years. He has also advised and acted as a Producer of motion picture feature films, television programs and transmedia programming.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French

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  1. Securities Offerings: 20%
  2. Entertainment: 20%
  3. Intellectual Property: 20%
  4. Business: 20%
  5. Arbitration: 20%



Hourly ($450-750/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

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William Nix & Associates

14011 Ventura Blvd
206 East
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423-3533


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200610/19/2015
NYCurrently registered 197703/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Commissioner's Distiguished Service AwardNBA1995
President's Certificate of Merit AwardMPAA1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor/Industry AdvisorStraus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law2009 - Present
PartnerWilliam Nix & Associates2005 - Present
Special CounselBakerBotts LLP1999 - 2005
PartnerFrankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC1995 - 1999
Vice-President, Legal & Business AffairsNBA Properties1992 - 1995
COO/Worldwide Content Protection DivisionMotion Picture Association of America1976 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Basketball AssociationVice-President, Legal & Business Affairs, NBA Properties1992 - 1995
Motion Picture Association of AmericaCOO/Worldwide Content Division1976 - 1991
American Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Amicus Brief, Karen G. Silkwood, et al. v. The Kerr- McGee Corporation, et al. v. Arthur Buzz Hirsch, U.S. Supreme Court464 U.S. 238 (1984): Screenwriters "Shield Privilege" Upheld See:
Amicus Brief, SONY CORP. OF AMERICA, et al., Petitioners, v. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, INC., et al. and Respondents, U.S. Supreme Court464 U.S. 417 (1984)
Allied Artists Pictures Corp. v. Rhodes, S.D. OhioStatute Upheld: 496 F.Supp. 408 (1980)
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Publication nameTitleDate
Martindale-Hubbell 2002-2004 EditionsEditor, Annual United States Copyright Law Digests 2002-20042004
American Bar Association PublicationsThe E-Commerce Arsenal: Practitioner Agreements and Checklists2003
The Licensing JournalIs Extension of Copyright's Term Constitutional, or Will Mickey Mouse Get a new Lease on Life?2002
Oil and Gas JournalInternet Privacy: Security is the Next Wave for Oil and Gas Industry2001
American Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Lawyer JournalTrademark Counterfeiting: Product Piracy and the Billion Dollar Threat to the U.S. Economy2000
FGKS New Media NewsletterElectronic Media Break Down Borders1997
FGKS New Media NewsletterPolicing the Internet1997
Annenberg Washington Program in Communication Policies Studies Report of the International Piracy ProjectCurbing International Piracy1989
Cardozo Law School Arts and Entertainment Law JournalRooney v. Columbia: The Performer's Right of Publicity, with a Touch of Class1984
Columbia Law School Journal of Arts ManagementCompulsory Licensing for Cable Television: A Report;1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Certified as a Film Commission Professional by the Association of Film Commissioner's International (AFCI).N/AFilm Commission Professional2012
Columbia University School of LawAdvanced Practice InstituteParker School of Foreign & Comparative Law1986
Harvard University Law SchoolAdvanced Negotiation ProgramHarvard/MIT Advanced Practice Institute1985
New York University School of LawTrade Regulation/Competition, Innovation, and Information LawLL.M - Master of Laws1979
Hofstra University School of LawN/ADoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)1973
UCLA School of Entertainment StudiesFilm, Television and Digital ProductionFilm, Television and Digital ProductionN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Symposium on Adapting to Massive Media Change: Technology Fundamentals and Industry TrendsThe Future of Television2015
Media: Representation and ResponsibilityStereotyping and the Media2015
National Entertainment Law CompetitionSupreme Court Justice2014
Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the SystemManaging Industry Conflicts and Relationships2013
Brasilia Production Delegation to U.S.Production of Creative Content under New Transmedia Production and Business Models2013
ADC Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.Kahlil Gibran Initiatives2013
4th Annual Anti-Piracy and Content Protection SummitPiracy vs. Privacy: How to Balance Rights in an Era of Online Copyright Infringement2013
Sports Law CourseIntellectual Property Licensing, Sponsorship and Marketing in Professional, Olympic and Collegiate Sports2012
Rescuing Relationships: Apology, Forgiveness, and ReconciliationApology Panel2012
4th Annual U.S. Film Industry Immersion Program in Los AngelesScript Pitching2012
Regional Mediation CompetitionMediator and Judge2011
Digital Hollywood Content Summit III,The Art of the Deal: Pointers, Advice and Hands-On Tools from Master Negotiators2010
2010 Ojai Film FestivalModerator, An Actors Life for Me Workshop Panel2010
Symposium on Alternative Dispute ResolutionAlternative Dispute Resolution in the Entertainment Industry2009
Marketplace Acao BrasilâKeynote Speaker, Overview of the U.S. Market: Opportunities for Independent and Latin Productions and How to Negotiate Audiovisual Projects in the U.S. Market2009
Latin American Training Center Symposium, Sao Paulo, BrasilPresentation on Hispanic Theatrical and Television; Market Trends in the United States2009
Beverly Hills Bar Association, ADR SectionAlternative Dispute Resolution in the Entertainment Industry2009
Austin Film Festivals (2002-2008)Optioning Motion Picture and Television Rights; Copyright, Trademark and other Forms of Protection for Screenplays and Teleplays; Film Financing; What Gets Producers Excited?2008
Digital Media Summit: Media Commerce and DeliveryDigital Rights Management2004
Complying with the CAN-SPAM Act and Other Critical Business IssuesComplying with the CAN-SPAM Act and Other Critical Business Issues2004
Careers in Entertainment and Sports LawPanelist, Careers in Entertainment and Sports Law2004
Copyrights and Trademarks Online SymposiumAntitrust Considerations: Implications of the BMI and ASCAP Consent Decrees2001
Annual Fordham Law School International Intellectual Property Law & & Policy ConferenceModerator, Panel on Copyright and ECommerce2001
Fordham Law School International Intellectual Property Law & Policy ConferenceModerator, Consolidating Copyright Subject-Matter and Exclusive Rights2000