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Robert Pafundi, the founder of Pafundi Law Firm, A Professional Corporation, and a Hollywood Entertainment Lawyer, has practiced law in California for more than 30 years.
Robert’s passion is working in the entertainment industry. He has spent the last 20+ years representing children and young adults in Hollywood, both as a lawyer and as the owner of the infamous MGA Talent Agency, originally known as the Mary Grady Talent Agency, which launched the careers of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (The Olsen Twins) and of countless other celebrity children and young adults who became Star Name actors in Hollywood and throughout the world.
In January 2020 Robert was approached by the President and CEO of United Productions, which is wholly owned by the highly regarded Keyholder, Inc, a JASDAQ publicly traded Japanese corporation, based in Tokyo, Japan. President and CEO Atsushi Morita formalized this request in May 2020, specifically seeking Robert’s expertise and involvement in opening a Los Angeles Branch Office of the Tokyo based Film and TV Company, United Productions with initial plans for 10 Film or Streaming Projects. The new office expects to launch with Robert at the helm in late 2020 or early 2021 depending on what makes sense in the current economic climate and give entertainment industry considerations related to the production of Film, TV and Steaming projects.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AS A CALIFORNIA ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY
• Representing actors, actresses, talent agents, talent managers, TV and film producers, production companies, casting directors, and other industry professionals.
• Handles resolution of disputes by way of Demand Letters, Lawsuits, Mediations, Arbitrations, California Labor Commission Hearings, Court Trials Before a Judge, and Jury Trials.
• Handles contract negotiation for TV, film, commercials, and commercial campaigns. Reviews talent contracts for actors and actresses. Prepares contracts for talent agents and talent managers.
• Serves as production counsel, offering a full array of services from the commencement to the close of production.
• Prepares Petitions for Court Approval of Contracts with Minors, on behalf of producers, production companies, studios, and talent agents.
• Intervenes in family law and divorce proceedings on behalf of children when issues arise as to the proper use and disbursement of the minor’s income and earnings.
• Qualified Expert Witness on all issues related to children in entertainment.
• Handles a broad array of legal issues and matters related to the representation and protection of children in entertainment and young Hollywood.
Robert has negotiated contracts and represented actors and actresses, talent agents, talent managers, producers, directors and many other industry professionals in contract negotiations with major network TV and major motion picture production companies. He has also acted as lead counsel in an array of entertainment disputes, many involving children in Hollywood.
Robert speaks regularly on a vast array of subjects related to the practical, business and of course the legal side of the entertainment industry, and in particular about children in Hollywood. Robert has been a special guest panel speaker for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) Foundation, and the Entertainment Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He has also been a special guest speaker for Children in Film, The ATLA Expo, The 3-2-1 Acting School, The Young Actors’ Camp, The LA Acting Program for Columbia College, Chicago and many others.
Robert’s life mission is to educate and safeguard those who work in every capacity in TV and Film, and to protect and serve those who are currently active and experienced professionals as well as those who are new to the industry, so people are led to a higher level of understanding and commitment. One of Robert’s daily passions is to motivate all entertainment professionals to join him by conducting ourselves at the highest moral, ethical, and spiritual levels when it comes to all aspects of the entertainment business, whether you are actor or actress, a representative, or involved with production, all with a goal toward making the world of entertainment not only fun, but safe and also profitable for Hollywood Adults, up-and-coming Talent, those on all sides of Production, and of course, the most vulnerable, our Entertainment Children and the Children of Celebrities.
• Safe Stardom: How to Protect Your Children on Their Road to Fame (Dunham Book, 2014); www.safestardom.com
• Managing Producer and lead Production Counsel on the Award-Winning inspirational documentary film titled The 25,000 Mile Love Story, narrated by Oscar winner, John Ridley (Best Screenplay Adaptation, 12 Years a Slave), and directed by Emmy nominated, John Davies.
• Production, Casting and Legal Counsel: Story Game, a feature film, shot in Japan and Hawaii, now out for Worldwide Distribution: A Collaboration with TalkStory Productions.
• Lead Producer: Los Angeles Branch Office of United Productions, wholly owned by the Keyholder, Inc, a JASDAQ publicly traded Japanese corporation, based in Tokyo, Japan.
• Producer: Sand Woman, a feature film to be shot in Japan: Pre-Production Phase: Script Complete. Based on a Novel by Kobo Abe.
• Producer: Goo Goo G’Joob, a feature film to be shot in Japan: Development Phase: Script Complete. Original Concept Script.
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2021|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2020|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2019|
|Principal||Pafundi Law Firm||2009 - Present|
|Outside Counsel||CBS Television||2009 - 2011|
|Partner||McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon, LLP||2007 - 2009|
|Principal||Law Offices of Robert N. Pafundi||1998 - 2006|
|Senior Associate||Rotenberg & Rios||1993 - 1998|
|Principal||Law Offices of Robert N. Pafundi||1990 - 1992|
|Partner||Sweeney & Pafundi||1985 - 1989|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association, Litigation Section||Member||N/A|
|Children In Film||Advisory Board||N/A|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member||N/A|
|Screen Actors Guild||Talent Agent||N/A|
|LVLten Magazine||The Other 85% - Lawful Uses of a Minor's Entertainment Income||2015|
|Dunham Books||Safe Stardom: How to Protect Your Children on Their Road to Fame||2014|
|The Actor's Voice--POV||Entertainment Law 101: The Practical and Legal Differences||2009|
|California State Bar Business Law News||Contracting With Minors: How California Lawmakers and Courts Deal with Adults Who Enter Contracts with Minors||2008|
|California Lawyer Magazine||Proposition 51 Takes Hold: New Problems Emerge for Partial Settlements in Multi-Tortfeasor Litigation||1990|
|Juris Diction||A Discussion of Issues in Personal Injury Law||1990|
|Southwestern University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|University of Colorado||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
|Producers Guild of America||Working with Children in Film and TV||2016|
|Columbia College||Entertainment for Actors Part 2||2015|
|Children in Film||Advanced Entertainment for Children in Hollywood||2015|
|Columbia College||Entertainment Law for Actors||2014|
|Children in Film||Entertainment Law in Hollywood||2014|
|Children in Film||California Entertainment Law||2012|
|Children In Film||California Entertainment Child Labor Law A-Z||2010|
|Children In Film||Protecting Your Children in Entertainment: A Lawyer's Perspective||2009|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section||Representing and Employing Children in the Entertainment Industry||2008|
|Talent Managers Association (TMA)||Legal Ramifications of Representing Minors in the Entertainment Industry||2007|
|Screen Actors Guild Foundation||Life Raft--The Implications of the Berg v. Traylor Case||2007|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section||Employing Minors in the Entertainment Industry: Contracts and the Law||2007|
|Unger v. Unger||Resolve in Mediation|
|Berg v. Traylor||Precedent Setting Successful Appeal - Child Actor|
|Doyle v. Fenster||Precedent Setting Successful Appeal|
|Warren v. Honda Motor Co., Ltd.||Favorable Published Opinion|
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