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  1. Entertainment: 50%
    6 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    6 years
  3. Copyright: 25%
    6 years

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    I highly recommend S. Michael Kernan. He is an excellent attorney with exceptional written and verbal skills. He has a very deep knowledge of the entertainment and media industries combined with litigation savvy.


    April LaValley Entertainment Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Donald William Flaig

    Michael has the experience needed to handle his cases with expertise and efficiency. A legal mind that sees the issues before they become issues and handles each case with the devotion needed to come to a successful resolution. I would strongly endorse and recommend Michael Kernan.


    Donald Flaig Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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9663 Santa Monica Blvd #450
Beverly Hills, CA, 90210


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Social Media Law ProfessorHastings Law School2014
Legal ContributorThe Postgame2014
Speaker on Digital MediaCES2014
SpeakerDigital Hollywood - Spring2014
Entertainment Law ProfessorUniversity of California, Hastings Law2014
Entertainment Law ProfessorHastings Law School2013
Contributor on legal issuesThe Postgame2013
Speaker on digital media issuesDigital Hollywood2013
Digital Power 50Hollywood Reporter2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Kernan Law Firm2008 - Present
ProfessorUniversity of California, Hastings College of the Law2007 - Present
Business Affairs & Head of New MediaInternational Creative Management2000 - 2008
AttorneyLavely and Singer, P.C.1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law SectionMemberN/A
Intellectual Property LawMemberN/A
LA County Bar Assoc Litigation SectionIntellectual PropertyN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dux v. Jean-Claude Van DammeJury Verdict for Defendant
Arnold Schwarzenegger v. Globe CommunicationsRetraction & Settlement
Dana Carvey v. Al-OmarArbitration Award for Plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
Hastings Law SchoolSocial Media Law2014
SocialMediaLaw.ComPrivacy law in California2014
Hastings Law SchoolEntertainment Law Guide2013
Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law JournalThe Right of Publicity2013
Social Media LawHastings Law School2011
California Lawyer MagazineDGA Case: Settling Dsiputed Claims2011
SocialMediaLaw.Com BlogPrivacy in Social Media2011
TelevisionweekAuthor: A Guide To Producing Content for Mobile Phones2007
Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law ReviewCurrent Legal Issues Facing Producers, Including Liability for the Content of their Productions1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard UniversityBusinessOPM/Exec.MBA2011
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignFinance/EconomicsOther - Bachelors1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Digital Hollywood - SpringDigital Media Convergence2014
CESDigital Media Issues2014
Digital Hollywood (LA)Television in Digital Media2013
Digital Hollywood (Fall)Digital Media Content2013
CESConvergence of Media2013
Digital HollywoodDigital Media & Content2012
CESFuture of Digital Ent2012
Digital HollywoodDigital Media2011
NATPE (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)Future of Digital Entertainment2010
Digital HollywoodNetwork New Media Deals2010
Digital HollywoodFuture of New Media2009
Sundance Film FestivalFuture of EntertainmentN/A
iHollywood ForumMobile EntertainmentN/A
Hastings Law SchoolEntertainment LawN/A
Digital Hollywood 2008, 2007, 2006Future of New MediaN/A
AFI Digital Content SeminarDigital ContentN/A