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I'm a solo practitioner, a veteran entertainment lawyer and former studio executive specializing in mid-sized and individual entertainment industry and general business clients.  I focus on such areas as general entertainment, entertainment finance, film and TV production and distribution, copyright, trademark and general corporate matters. Please check my website to see what further services I might be able to offer you.


Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 75%
    29 years
  2. Contracts: 10%
    32 years
  3. Trademark Application: 5%
    8 years
  4. General Practice: 5%
    32 years
  5. Copyright Application: 5%
    27 years



Hourly ($400-450/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Mark David Gershenson

    I've known Peter for close to 25 years. We both worked for a large, now-defunct Century City law firm. Peter is very bright, articulate, and knowledgeable and experienced in entertainment law (especially entertainment financing). He's also funny, creative, and a mensch. I endorse him wholeheartedly. I've referred clients to him and will continue to do so.


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Contact info

Law Office of Peter Levitan

12941 Otsego Street
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423-1622


NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 198507/10/2016
CANot Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled)198705/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Harlan Fiske Stone ScholarColumbia Law School1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Law ProfessorLoyola Law School2006 - Present
PrincipalLaw Office of Peter Levitan2002 - Present
Executive Vice President, Business and Legal AffairsIntermedia Films2001 - 2002
Vice President, Legal Affairs20th Century Fox Film Corp.1993 - 2001
Associate, Entertainment DepartmentLoeb & Loeb1989 - 1993
Associate, Entertainment DepartmentWyman Bautzer Kuchel & Silbert1987 - 1989
Associate, Corporate DepartmentPaul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison1984 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law SectionExecutive Committee2010 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law SectionMember1999 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law SectionMember1999 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Beverly Hills Bar Association Symposium on New Directions in Entertainment FinancingRisk Management in Entertainment Financing: Do We Know What We Don't Know?2010
Valley Lawyer Magazine (SFVBA)Protecting Film Industry Clients: When the Only Certainty is Uncertainty2009
Loyola Law SchoolFinancing Entertainment Industry Ventures2006
Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts HandbookA Primer of Selected Copyright Concerns in Motion Picture Practice1990
Columbia VLA Journal of Law and the ArtsServing God and Mammon: Financing Alternatives for Nonprofit Cultural Enterprises1984
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Columbia UniversityEnglish, music, psychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Universe of Film Financing: An All-Day MarathonThe Universe of Film Finance: Everything from Equity & Debt to Soft Money & Beyond2011
Overview of Film Legal IssuesOverview of Film Legal Issues2011
The Kindness of Strangers: New Directions in Entertainment FinancingModerator2010
Social Media and Entertainment Law Practice (Teleconference)Social Media and Its Impact on Entertainment Law2010
IIFF Los Angeles Film Financing TownhallDealing with the Unpredictability of Film Financing2009
USC Master of Professional Writing Program, "The Business of the Business"Writer's Introduction to Contracts, Copyrights and 8 Legal Myths2007
Calif Lawyers for the Arts 2007 Film and Media Business SeminarFilm Financing2007