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Dinah Perez

Entertainment Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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About Dinah

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Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    I am a transactional lawyer who practices in the areas of film, television, music, publishing, new media, stage, copyright and trademark law. I have represented hundreds of clients in my practice.

    26 years

  2. Copyright application
    I file registrations on behalf of clients.

    26 years

  3. Copyright infringement
    I advocate on behalf of clients' whose copyrights have been infringed. I send out cease and desist letters, get the infringing material taken down from the offending websites, etc.

    26 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    I form corporations and limited liability companies on behalf of clients, including special purpose production companies and loan out companies.

    26 years

  5. Trademark application
    Trademark application and infringement. I file applications with the USPTO and advocate for my clients when their trademarks have been infringed.

    26 years

DINAH PEREZ graduated Loyola Law School and has been in the practice of entertainment law since 1996.  She practices film, television, theater, music, new media, copyright, and trademark law. She enjoys practicing entertainment law because she has great respect for the arts and those who create, and relishes helping her clients attain their professional goals.  


Ms. Perez has been published in Story Board Magazine, Release Print, Script Magazine, “The Screenwriters Guide to Agents and Managers,” “Hollywood Screenwriting Directory,”  and “Hollywood Producing Directory” (2016).  Ms. Perez has been quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Wired Magazine, , and “Alone In A Room” and “How To Make It In Hollywood.”  She has been interviewed by KNX Radio and appeared on Sin Fronteras and El Gordo y La Flaca (Telemundo). 


Ms. Perez has participated in panels and/or spoken at the Black Hollywood Film Festival, the Latin Heat Film Festival, Women in Film, Cinewomen, Independent Feature Project West, American Film Market, the Inktip Pitch Summit, Screenwriters World Conference, Writers Store, Showbiz Store and Café, Chapman University, Cal Arts, Loyola Marymount University, the New York Film Academy, etc. She is a protégé of Betty Cashman, public speaking “coach to the famous.” 


She is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (Entertainment Law Section, Executive Committee), the California State Bar, Film Independent, and NARIP (National Association of Record Industry Professionals). She was a founding board member of Cinewomen in Los Angeles, CA. 

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Dinah Perez Attorney-At-Law
5900 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90036


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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Dinah was very informative and helpful from day one. She gave me excellent valuable guidance and information to be sure I was well informed before making any decision. If you are looking for excellent representation from an experienced straight forward attorney then Dinah is it
Posted by Gina | August 9, 2020
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A lawyer who you want on your side!
I have had such positive experiences with Dinah from Day 1. She has always protected our best interest. She is kind, straight-forward, reliable and fast. She has speedy turn-around times. She’s always easy to reach, and responds very quickly. She has always gone above and beyond for us. She is very thorough and fair. She is incredibly knowledgeable about a wide variety of issues. Highly recommended. You definitely want Dinah on your team!
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Posted by Rod and Joan | May 14, 2019
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Posted by Rod and Joan.
For 3 years, Dinah has guided us on legal matters for my wife's book series. She has a depth of expertise which has really helped us in our endeavors. Dinah is fair but firm in her negotiations, and also has a heart. She is vary caring and protective of her clients, and isn't afraid to gracefully let you know when you should use her services, in order to avoid problems. While doing so, Dinah is very careful not to make unnecessary charges. Joan and I couldn't recommend Dinah more highly. It's no wonder that Dinah was chosen as a 2019 “Superlawyer,” which means she's considered to be one of the top five percent entertainment attorneys in CA.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2018
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Great Ethical Attorney !
Excellent, caring attorney. I called to ask her what her fees would be to review a contract and she asked me a few questions about the contract and immediately told me the problems with the contract over the phone. She could have easily charged me to come in and review the contract but she resolved the questions in a five minute conversation . Very honest and ethical. Thank you
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Posted by Brian | February 9, 2018
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Strong Defender
I've hired Dinah twice now to help advise and draft collaboration agreements. She has a ton of experience; she's quick to respond, knowledgeable, thoughtful, thorough and professional. Above all, Dinah works towards negotiating the best deal for YOU. She made me aware of provisions and deal points I didn't even know existed. Dinah was a pleasure to work with, and I'd be happy to work with her again.
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Posted by Anna | March 18, 2017
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Efficient and Personable
Dinah Perez helped me to negotiate a difficult distribution contract, and fought to get me the best terms. She also helped me to negotiate music rights for my film on a very tight deadline, taking over the work from the music supervisor who was not getting it done. She is a creative problem-solver that can do anything she sets her mind to, and she is also personable and pleasant to work with. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Scott | December 13, 2016
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We couldn't have done it without her!
I can't say enough wonderful things about Dinah Perez. Not only did she do an amazing job explaining and executing all of our contractual needs with two separate businesses, but it was her pep talks that helped us as much as anything. She took the time to inform us of every scenario along the way and really helped give us the confidence to not only ask for what we wanted but to hold our ground until we got it. We definitely consider Dinah an important member of the team over here at What's In-Store Music. I've said it once, I will say it again, we couldn't have done it without her.
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Posted by David | May 29, 2016
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Great Entertainment Lawyer
Dinah always acts quickly, professionally, and with my best interest in mind. Being a young screenwriter in Los Angeles who struggles to balance the bottom line with maintaining relationships to forward my career, Dinah is always sure to knuckle-down on the deal I deserve while also operating fairly to preserve and strengthen my connections. I wouldn't be where I am now without her at my back. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Chris | January 12, 2016
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She is the best!
Dinah is impressively intelligent, very loyal and extremely caring. She doesn't miss a thing and there is no one who will fight harder. Dinah suspected there were unpaid profit participation monies on one of our past movie deals. She convinced us to do something we never thought possible: take legal action against a major studio. Dinah’s professional respect and reach is wide -- she made a connection to a dream team who agreed to take our case on contingency. Dinah’s instincts are spot on. In the galaxy of bright legal stars, she is a super nova!
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Posted by Leslie | January 5, 2016
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I am grateful to Dinah!
Dinah Perez has represented my producing endeavors on a variety of film projects. She has handled contracts for me dealing with large and small companies. Each time paying close attention to detail, she has been able to negotiate contractual obstacles. Dinah has always been available to me to offer sound advise. What I love most is that she has been able to accomplish all this with honesty and grace. And for this, I am grateful.
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Posted by Maureen | December 18, 2015
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She's the best thing that can happen for an Artist.
Dinah Perez has been more than an attorney for me. She has been a champion of my work. She really took the time to get to know me and my needs and she understands my needs as an artist. She has handled my legal affairs with great focus and expertise.
Posted by Betsy | December 18, 2015
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Knowledgable and gets it done
I always enjoy working with Dinah, it's rare to find a lawyer who understands the documentary space, fair use and other right issues. She works with filmmakers to make it happen instead of just saying don't or it won't. I consider her part of the creative team, because without her I couldn't make the films I want to make.
Posted by Marina | December 18, 2015
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Endorsing an Exceptionally Knowlegable, Highly-Committed Entertainment Lawyer
Dinah Perez ALWAYS exceeds the threshold of mere professionalism, extending a sense of personal concern toward my legal issues. She is supportive, tough when necessary, extremely knowledgable about entertainment law and passionate about her clients' success. She has helped me on numerous occasions, particularly with writers' contracts and, recently, by negotiating a refund from an online media services company that fell far-short of its claims. She has also advised me on copyright, trademark and licensing issues. I consider Ms. Perez to be a vital member of my team and, without hesitation, recommend her services.
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Posted by Donald | May 13, 2015
Ms. Perez Impressive and Knowledgeable
Ms. Perez helped me get an option on a play and advised me in ways that have enhanced my knowledgeabilty of the entertainment business ever since. When I need representation, which I will soon, I always ask Ms. Perez to consider representing me first.
Posted by Marci | May 1, 2013
Personally dedicated attorney
Dinah provides compassionate representation. I have known her for 20 years and worked with her in legal and production capacities. She has demonstrated tremendous follow through and loyalty in all our contract reviews. She is strong, responsive and attuned to the nuance of negotiation.
Posted by John | April 18, 2013
Approachable and supportive.
She's supportive, but honest. She's also approachable and will advise most in need with reasonable requests. You should have no hesitations.
Posted by Jennifer | April 18, 2013
Fantastic Entertainment Attorney
Dinah Perez is the first one I call when I need a contract reviewed, negotiated or an option put in place. I have worked with Dinah on two book options and a 'for hire' screenwriting contract and her attention to detail is second to none. She has also written some amazing articles on book options which is how I originally found her. You can't do better than Dinah Perez for all your legal needs.
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Posted by Laurie | April 18, 2013
Important Part of The Team
I've worked with Dinah for almost five years and she has been an essential part of my success in the entertainment industry. She has always been committed to helping me reach my goals, protecting me on all matters, and offering excellent advice. There has never been a time when I felt she was just "doing her job". On the contrary, I would say she's always gone above and beyond the call of duty. I can't recommend Dinah enough when it comes to film production, negotiations, contracts, smart thinking and lawyering in general.
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Posted by Michele | April 18, 2013
Reliable and reasonable.
What I like about her is that I can always phone and get answers without being intimidated. She's always happy to respond to my questions and to explain the details of contracts she's reviewed for me. She's also really quick when it comes to turning things around. I spent weeks waiting for contracts from my other lawyers, she's not like that. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, she's a great advocate who knows her stuff. She improves every single deal -- even after it's been negotiated by my agent!
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Work Experience

  • Contract Attorney
  • Playboy Entertainment
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Contract Attorney
  • Isaacman, Kaufman & Painter
  • 1996 - 2001
  • Intern
  • MGM
  • 1994 - 1994


  • Univ of Southern Calif
  • undergraduate
  • N/A
  • Loyola Law School
  • law
  • N/A


  • California Copyright Conference
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Record Industry Professional
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Executive Committee
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Community Service Award
  • Loyola Law School
  • 1998


  • The Hollywood Producing Directory
  • The Hollywood Producing Director
  • 2016
  • The Hollywood Producing Directory
  • The Hollywood Producing Directory
  • 2015
  • Hollywood Screenwriting Directory
  • The Legal 411 for Screenwriters
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • How to Get your Music Place on Film/TV
  • 2015
  • El Gordo y La Flaca
  • Jenni Rivera Sex Tape
  • 2008
  • Sin Fronteras
  • Michael Jackson Child Molestation Trial
  • 2005
  • Independent Feature Project
  • Production Legal
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Dinah
Entertainment Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Dinah in action and she is a strong professional advocate for her clients. We have also discussed legal matters regarding transactions and I have always found her positions spot-on."
Entertainment Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Dinah on a number of matters. She is knowledgeable, personable, great with clients, ethical, tireless, intelligent, and just plain great for entertainment transactional work, all at a reasonable price."
Entertainment Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Dinah on several entertainment law matters, and found her to be very knowledgeable, and a great advocate for her clients."
Entertainment Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dinah and I have worked together on a transactional matter and she was a great advocate for the client. She is well-versed in entertainment and IP matters."
Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyer Dinah Perez
Dinah Perez
Entertainment Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 27 years
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