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Michael is a practicing attorney with a focus on startups, creatives, and entrepreneurs.  He has also been a media professional with a background in film, video, Internet, and law. Michael is the former President of 2 Life! Films, LLC, which produced his comedy feature “Returning Mickey Stern.” After winning numerous awards in the US and abroad, “Returning Mickey Stern” was distributed in US theaters and abroad and is available on DVD (Pathfinder Home Entertainment – PG-13). Michael has served as an advisor to a number of production companies and film festivals, as well as Associate Producer on the Sundance entry “The Perpetual Life of Jim Albers” and Tribeca entry “The Look.” Michael’s spec script for “Without a Trace” was a finalist for the (s)cript magazine Television Writing Competition and his original screenplay “The King of Summer” was a finalist for the “Heart of Film” Screenwriting Competition. On the legal side of the entertainment industry, Michael has served as Law Clerk for New Video Group/Docurama, distributor of the A&E/History, Scholastic, and Major League Baseball labels, and has worked for ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Performers) and the entertainment firm Adelman & Lavaia. Michael has been involved in the drafting of agreements and negotiations with the companies guiding the future of media and technology convergence: Amazon Unbox, Apple iTunes, Netflix, etc.


Michael’s creative career began before attending Northwestern University, when he attended the Long Island School for the Arts (then known as The Cultural Arts Center of Long Island) as a visual artist. His 4x5 acrylic on canvas “20th Century Icon” was featured in the Sabbeth Art Gallery and a juried competition before he graduated high school. Michael’s creative endeavors continued to expand while he attended Northwestern University as a Performance Studies major. Michael became a theater critic for the Daily Northwestern and Art + Performance Magazine, and later Art Editor of Northwestern’s oldest journal of the humanities, Helicon. His short story, “Teddy Bear” was published in Helicon, and his short story “Semicolon” was a finalist in the Robert Van Sant Writing Competition. As producer and writer of “7th Grade Blues,” the largest scale independent 16mm film production on campus in 1995, Michael honed his resource development, marketing, and business skills for a wider audience. In 1996, Michael earned the Elie Wiesel National Award for Jewish Arts and Culture by launching the still-thrivingJewish Theatre Ensemble, which has co-produced a project with Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theater Company, as well as Northwestern University’s legendary Dolphin Show.


Before entering the entertainment industry as a producer, Michael served as a Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow, first as the Doppelt-Spielberg Fellow at Northwestern, and then as the Ziegler Fellow at the University of Southern California. As a JCSC Fellow, Michael created cutting-edge and innovative opportunities for Jewish students on campus who were not necessarily affiliated with Hillel or other Jewish organizations. Two of the many initiatives launched under his guidance were the award-winning Exodus! A 40 Hour Celebration of Freedom and the Beit Cafe Coffeehouse Concert Series (a Taste of Tel Aviv in Los Angeles). Before leaving Los Angeles, Michael competed on the television quiz show “Win Ben Stein’s Money;” he did not win Ben’s money, but did win a breadmaker, which he still uses.


Michael has taught screenwriting and film at St. John’s University and CUNY Queens College and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools including UCLA and NYU. Michael was one of 12 students selected for Northwestern University's Creative Writing for the Media Program, and also graduated from UCLA's Professional Screenwriting Program. Michael received his JD from the Hofstra University School of Law, where he attended on a Full Merit Scholarship, and was selected as a Dean’s Scholar. His former law school professor and famed trial attorney Bruce G. Clark recruited Michael after graduation, because Michael, in Bruce's words, was the best student Bruce had ever had in his 12 years of teaching.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Business: 50%
  2. Media: 20%
  3. Entertainment: 20%
  4. Employment: 10%

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Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Gordon Philip Firemark

    In the time I've known Michael, I've been impressed not just with his legal and business acumen but also with his enthusiasm for his work, commonsense approach, and his compassion for his clients and colleagues. I can't think of a better lawyer for any creative entrepreneur or business, whether just starting up, entering a growth phase, or well-established. If you're looking for first class legal representation, look no further.

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  • David Ian Pankin

    I have known Michael Prywes for many years, both personally and professionally. He is an excellent attorney and is also passionate about what he does. If you are looking to start a business and need legal guidance, I highly recommend Michael Prywes.

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Contact info

Prywes Schwartz, PLLC - New York StartUp Attorneys

275 Seventh Avenue
7th Floor
New York, NY, 10001

68 South Service Road
Suite 100
Melville, NY, 11747

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 200903/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Elie Wiesel Award for Jewish Cultural ProgrammingHillel InternationalN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPrywes Schwartz, PLLC2014 - Present
AttorneyBruce G. Clark & Associates2009 - 2014
Law ClerkNew Video Group2007 - 2009
Adjunct LecturerCUNY Queens College - Continuing Education Dept.1999 - 2010
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Nassau County Bar AssociationN/A2014 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
LaRose v. PathareDefense verdict
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of California - Los AngelesWriting for Television and FilmProfessional Certification1997
Northwestern UniversityPerformance Studies - CommunicationsBS - Bachelor of Science1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guest Speaker at UCLAMarketing & Independent Film2003
Guest Speaker at NYUScreenwriting & Camera Technique2003
Richard Brown's "Filmmakers on Filmmaking"Directing and Producing Independent Feature Film2002