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 I am an entertainment lawyer with substantial experience for over 35 years in representing recording artists, filmmakers, songwriters, screenwriters, record labels, publishers, artist managers, producers, authors including representation in the film, television, radio and literary industries. Among others, my most well-known clients have included George Clinton, Sippie Wallace, The Romantics, The Bass Brothers, Eminem, Marilyn Manson, Pantera, Marcus Belgrave, The GO, Mike Posner, Rodriguez, Elmore Leonard, Westbound Records, Warner Tamerlane and Atlantic Records. I draft and negotiate contracts, protect clients' intellectual property, mediate and litigate entertainment related disputes and network on behalf of my clients. I serve as an expert witness in music litigation and I am involved in many entertainment organizations (e.g. MusiCares and Detroit Music Awards). I also act as an artist manager in the music industry. Finally, I am an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School teaching entertainment law.



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Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 80%
    39 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 10%
    26 years
  3. Copyright: 10%
    26 years



Hourly ($360-400/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Hertz Schram PC

1760 S Telegraph
Suite 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48302-0183


MIActive And In Good Standing197605/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyerDBusiness Magazine2016
Leading LawyerLaw Bulletin Publishing Company2016
Best Lawyer: Entertainment Law - MusicBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Lawyer: Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and TelevisionBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Lawyer: Entertainment Law- Motion Pictures and TelevisionBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best Lawyer: Entertainment Law- MusicBest Lawyers in America2015
Top LawyerDBusiness Magazine2015
Best Lawyer, Entertainment LawBest Lawyers in America2014
50 Attorneys of Note in the Music BizSuper Lawyers2014
Top LawyersDBusiness Magazine2014
Best Attorneys in MichiganBest Lawyers2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martdindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2014
Best Lawyer, Entertainment LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2013
Best Lawyer, Entertainment LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2011
Best Lawyer, Entertainment LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2010
Best lawyer, Entertainment LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2009
Best Lawyer, Entertainment LawBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2007
Best Lawyer, Entertainment LawBest Lawyers in America2007
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2006
John Hensel AwardArts Entertainment Communication and Sports Section of Michigan State Bar2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Entertainment LawyerHertz Schram PC1979 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Awards)Advocacy Committee2014 - Present
Sphinx OrganizationBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Detroit Music Awards FoundationPresident1998 - Present
International Association of Entertainment LawyersMember1997 - Present
MusiCaresProgram and Services Committee2012 - 2015
Sphinx OrganizationVice Chair2011 - 2012
Michigan Film Advisory CommissionCommissioner2006 - 2008
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Awards) Chicago ChapterFormer Governor2004 - 2012
Publication nameTitleDate
Laches (OCBA)Record Contract Negotiations1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Wayne State UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trasmit + ConferenceHow to Make Money From Your Music2015
Launch Music ConferenceProtecting What's Yours2015
SXSWMusic Litigation2014
Yellow Phone Music ConferenceIntellectual Property Protection2013
ICLEMovie Making in Michigan: A Lawyers Guide2010
ICLEHot Topics in Entertainment Law2009
ICLERepresenting the Celebrity2008