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Molly Hansen is an entertainment and technology attorney with a diverse private practice.  


After serving as in-house counsel for two Academy Award®-winning companies — DreamWorks Animation and Digital Domain — Molly launched her own law firm: Serra Verde Law (  Her clients now include studios, production companies, producers, writers, directors, musicians, inventors, software companies, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, and other individuals and entities involved in entertainment, technology, and charitable works. 


Ms. Hansen holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California, where she received the Norma Zarky Memorial Award for excellence in the field of entertainment law.


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Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 55%
    24 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 20%
    24 years
  3. Business: 15%
    24 years
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
    24 years



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Contact info

Serra Verde Law

4640 Admiralty Way
Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA, 90292


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Norma Zarky Memorial Award for Excellence in Entertainment LawUSC Gould School of Law1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder/AttorneySerra Verde Law2010 - Present
General Counsel / Head of Business AffairsIncentive Filmed Entertainment2008 - 2009
Head of Legal Affairs, ProductionDreamWorks Animation2006 - 2007
General Counsel / Head of Business AffairsDigital Domain1998 - 2006
AssociateRosenfeld, Meyer & Susman1995 - 1998
AssociateO'Melveny & Myers1990 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Women in FilmMember2011 - Present
National Association of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP)Member2010 - Present
Film Independent (FIND)Member2008 - Present
Los Angeles Copyright SocietyMember2002 - Present
Los Angeles Copyright SocietyTrustee2004 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Agnes KelloggMy client, the charity/beneficiary who had not received proper notice of the matter, received its full share of the decedent's estate
Estate of Claude GaudetteMy client, the decedent's later born child, received his full intestate share of the decedent's property
In the Matter of the Karlin Family TrustSuccessfully defended my client, the surviving settlor and trustee, against claims by the sister and niece of the deceased settlor
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJ.D.1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Film & Video Program / Semester in L.A. (SiLA) @ Columbia College ChicagoLegal Issue Spotting for Filmmakers2013
Motion Picture/Television Program @ College of DuPageMusic Law for Motion Picture & Television Production2012
Film + Broadcast Program @ Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts AcademyLicensing Music for Films2012
Film & Video Program @ Columbia College ChicagoMusic Law for Film & Video Production2012
Film & Video Program @ Columbia College ChicagoThe Business of Producing Animated Content2008
Advanced Copyright Seminar @ Southwestern Law SchoolCopyright Guide for Producers: Commencement of Production through Post Production2008
Advanced Copyright Seminar @ Southwestern Law SchoolCopyright Guide for Producers: Development to Commencement of Production2008
Advanced Copyright Seminar @ Southwestern Law SchoolWork-for-Hire Agreements in Visual Effects2007
Entertainment Law Luncheon @ Beverly Hills Bar AssociationProtecting the "Virtual Rights" of Actors2005