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Colleen Mary Ni Chairmhaic

Entertainment Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Colleen Kerwick

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Colleen

Learn Colleen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    40%
    Entertainment Contract negotiation, Intellectual Property and Alternative Dispute Resolution including Collaborative Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration and Expert Determination.

    26 years, 20 cases

  2. Litigation
    40%
    Entertainment - Trying cases with a specialty in Corporate Fraud litigation.

    24 years, 800 cases

  3. International law
    20%
    Entertainment Law with international reach. I have represented clients in litigation in India and in the UK as pro hac vice / visiting lawyer.

    24 years

Colleen is a top 5% lawyer for 2020 and 2021. She studied Corporate Law as well as Law after growing up in the entertainment industry and excelling in debating in school. She graduated a top tier law school with first class honors. She became admitted to practice before the first department of the New York State Bar in 2001 as well as the Federal and Appellate Courts of New York and Connecticut and pro hac vice in many other jurisdictions. She has handled cases in Massachusetts, Montana and deposed clients in Los Angeles, Nashville and Dallas. Her 20 years of litigation experience including in the Wall Street area of New York enables her to negotiate and litigate the most complex entertainment matters and provide 24/7 service to clients. She handles international contract negotiations, intellectual property and corporate fraud trials and maintains a keen interest and activism for human rights. She has tried cases to verdict, with a stellar track record of success. She is extremely loyal to clients, unless they lie to her (pet peeve). Her office has an extensive database and top of the line legal research tools and affiliations with top tier lawfirms and top tier is bilingual Gaeilge-English and is pending admission as a special prosecutor in an international court.

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Location

The Law Office of Colleen Kerwick
NY OFFICE: 1178 Broadway 3rd Floor #1245 New York, NY 10001
CT OFFICE: 1748 Farmington Ave, # 1, Unionville CT 06085
New York, NY, 10001

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Reviews

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Posted by Jonathan | October 11, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great attorney!
I consulted with Colleen about a contract negotiation to produce an indie film that I wrote. She was very helpful, knowledgeable, conscientious, and easy to communicate with. Colleen clearly has her clients' best interests in mind at all times. Her goal is to give the best possible advice to her client as efficiently as possible to keep the client's charges as low as possible. What a refreshingly ethical attorney she is! She also has a lovely personality and is very comfortable to talk with. Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Loyal
Colleen is the attorney you want in the foxhole with you. While honest, she threw herself on my behalf so wholeheartedly that she got me out of some scrapes. She's pleasant to work with. I wouldn't cross her.
Posted by Krios | October 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
film shopping agreement
Colleen is one of a kind human being. Her dedication and her diligence will not be matched. She provided answers to all my questions, clarification where needed, and general advice relevant to my case. She is knowledgeable, professional and responsive. Very patient in answering questions and work with reasonable fee.
Posted by Carlos | September 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best
In a town full of sharks and vampires, Colleen is a true breath of fresh air. Like many in the entertainment industry, I collaborate with others to make films that inspire. Along the way, I have met individuals and companies willing to pocket my hard-earned profits. Without the big corporate lawyers, most artists are forced to lick their wounds and move on. Cue: Colleen the Truth Sayer. In one consultation she laid out a game plan that has yielded immediate results from the very people I was intimidated by. Anyone would be lucky to have her on their team.
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Response from Colleen Ni Chairmhaic September 30, 2021
Thank you Carlos!
Posted by NORM | November 30, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fierce advocate
Colleen brings aggressive instincts and meticulous preparation to every fight she picks. I have yet to need her services, but I have watched her from afar and would not hesitate relying on her in a big-stakes conflct
Posted by Annette | July 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Service
Colleen is very diligent and compiled the facts of my case, in a clear and concise manner, and presented them in a strong and determined way; to demonstrate exactly, what were the issues at the heart of my dispute with my employer. The dispute was resolved to my satisfaction and I am extremely thankful to her guidance and expertise in the matter. She is approachable, professional, shows a good understanding of Employment Law, delivered the service at a time of urgent need within a tight deadline.
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Response from Colleen Ni Chairmhaic August 1, 2020
GRMA Annette. Always a joy to work with you :-)
Posted by Sean | January 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
An Outstanding Lawyer And A Great Listener
Colleen's handling of my cases led me on the path to law, that's how impressed I was. She had a lot of experience and explains things very clearly and advises, rather than simply give broad, by the book options (the sure sign of a bad lawyer) She was in litigation then specialised in entertainment lawyer, where she had really excelled. I gained a friend, as well as a lawyer, and that kind of trust is absolutely vital.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Honest Attorney who Fights the Good Fight.
Colleen Kerwick will prepare a visa, protect intellectual property rights, get an endorsement, incorporate a business, create opportunities ... but make you feel so at ease that she feels like she's a fellow entertainer. Not sure how she survives as she rarely charges. If she agrees to take you on as a musician, movie director etc., work with her. She's the real deal.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Mediator
Colleen Mary Ni Chairmhaic provides good old fashioned legal counsel, with tremendous success. She is selective in the clients and claims she pursues, but when she takes a case she puts her heart into it. I have worked with her on many mediation cases and the feedback I get is positive.
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank You Colleen..!
I was seeking answer to my International Court matter. I found this page with her profile. Very briefly I posted my query to which Colleen provided very crisp and relevant information which I hope would help me in my Court matter. Thank You Colleen!
Response from Colleen Ni Chairmhaic January 26, 2018
Glad to have been able to help!
Posted by Hank Cassai | August 14, 2013
Amazing Attorney, Actress and Producer with Expertise in Entertainment Law
I was very fortunate to find Colleen Mary Ni Chairmhaic. She resolved my entertainment issues and concerns and her professional advice guided me toward the direction of attaining my goals. Colleen Mary Ni Chairmhaic is honest and an experienced Attorney who is “always there for her clients” as she was for me and she truly cares. She’s a talented Attorney with expertise in Entertainment Law and an experienced Actress and Film Producer. All the characteristics that make her a #1 Leading Attorney. I recommend her highly.
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Response from Colleen Ni Chairmhaic January 26, 2018
Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2013
Joy to Work With
Colleen Kerwick worked on about 25 cases for us over many years. She's very friendly, confident and intelligent and her results always exceeded expectations. Once we were negotiating up from a half a million dollars to settle a serious case, when she blindsided us by winning summary judgment with an award of costs for us. Colleen always won her cases. She clearly loves the law and is just a joy to work with. However, sometimes she can be delayed in reporting ... but when you call she has all the details of your case on the tip of her tongue.
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Posted by Michael | July 19, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Colleen is very knowledgeable and creative in her legal arguments. She tends to be at the aggressive end of the scale and is more results than journey orientated. Her dramatic performance in the courtroom is truly wonderful.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 1-550 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Wiss & Partners LLP
  • 2019 - Present
  • Principal
  • The Law Office of Colleen Kerwick
  • 2014 - Present
  • International Attorney
  • Dombroff Gilmore Jaques & French
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Senior Attorney
  • Cullen and Dykman LLP
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Williamson & Williamson
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Junior Attorney
  • Kanterman & Taub
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Legal Intern
  • Law Office of Marvin Raskin
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Legal Intern
  • Jacobson & Colfin
  • 2000 - 2000
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Education

  • Connecticut Federal Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2013
  • New York District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts
  • Admitted
  • 2008
  • Bar Bri, University College Dublin
  • Admitted to 1st Dept of New York State Bar, EDNY and SDNY
  • 2000
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • B. Corp Law (HONS), L.L.B.(HONS)
  • 1999
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Westchester Litigation
  • Win
  • O Visa
  • Win
  • Intellectual Property Case
  • Prevail with confidential settlement for client
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Associations

  • Irish American Bar Association of New York
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • America's Most Honored Lawyers
  • Top 5%
  • 2020 - Present
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Atlantian Films
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - Present
  • Irish American Bar Association of New York
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Emerald Association of Long Island
  • Vice President
  • 2004 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Young Irish Film Makers
  • Founder Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Connecticut Federal District Court
  • for Outstanding Effective Pro Bono Representation
  • 2018 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • German
  • Romanian
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • 20 Year Anniversary - distinguished service
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • AVVO
  • 2021
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • American Registry
  • 2021
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Public Interest
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice (x4)
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Community Service Leadership Award 2015-2000
  • Boy Scouts of America - Pack 122 Cubscouts
  • 2020
  • Who's Who in American Women
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2020
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • AVVO
  • 2020
  • Top 5%
  • The American Registry - America's Most Honored Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Federal Court Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • 2019
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • The American Registry
  • 2018
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • The American Registry
  • 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • 15 year anniversary - Distinguished Service
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • The American Registry
  • 2016
  • Farmington Valley Chapter
  • National Registry of Women of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • The American Registry
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • The American Registry
  • 2014
  • Whos Who in American Women
  • Whos Who
  • 2013
  • Whos Who in America
  • Whos Who
  • 2008
  • Whos Who in American Women
  • Whos Who
  • 2007
  • Public Interest Attorney of the Year
  • Touro Law Center
  • 2006
  • Debating Champion
  • Gael Linn
  • 1994
  • Debating Champion
  • Conradh na Gaeilge
  • 1994
  • Winner- Best Storyboard
  • Cork International Film Festival
  • 1993
  • Winner - Best Art
  • Cork International Film Festival
  • 1993
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Publications

  • Intellectual Property, Contracts, Litigation, Corporate Fraud and Crowdfunding in the Entertainment Industry
  • Entertainment lawyer
  • 2021
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Speaking Engagements

  • Raidió na Life
  • Practice of Law in New York
  • 2020
  • Atlantian Films
  • Intellectual Property and Entertainment Contract
  • 2020
  • International Aviation Symposium
  • Catastrophic Accident
  • 2012
  • International Aviation Symposium
  • A plane is down
  • 2011
  • International Aviation Symposium
  • Catastrophic Accident
  • 2010
  • International Aviation Symposium
  • NTSB
  • 2009
  • International Aviation Symposium
  • Airplane Crashes
  • 2008
  • International Aviation Symposium
  • Catastrophic Accidents
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Entertainment Attorney | Apr 29
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Litigation Attorney | Jul 23
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