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Lindsay Gunn Spiller

Business Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   53 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    California - CA 34 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 35 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 37 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Lindsay

Learn Lindsay’s areas of practice.

LINDSAY SPILLER IS A SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS ATTORNEY AND FOUNDER OF SPILLER LAW, A LEADING BUSINESS, ENTERTAINMENT AND ESTATE PLANNING LAW PRACTICE SERVING CLIENTS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, LOS ANGELES, AND THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA. WE OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS.

Lindsay is a trusted legal advisor to startups, small businesses, entertainment and media companies, artists, and estate planning clients. 

Spiller Law

Bringing with him a varied life experience, including stints as a sports agent, sailing delivery skipper, teacher, and musician, Lindsay shifted to law in 2006 and founded Spiller Law in San Francisco.

Excellent Reputation

Spiller Law has since earned a reputation for passion and excellence. It is a boutique law firm that puts the client first. Lindsay has advised million-dollar mergers, negotiated high-level entertainment contracts, resolved disputes, and started numerous companies. He and his colleagues can serve the smallest to the most significant transactions. Regarded as a first-rate deal maker, Lindsay has negotiated music licensing deals with the world's largest music publishers, including Sony, Universal, BMG, Warner Music, and iconic musicians, including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. 

Clientele

Lindsay's clientele includes Olympic medalists, YouTube channels, film production companies, online music platforms, record labels, advertising and media companies, and individual artists and content creators.

Free Consultations

Lindsay offers free consultations and regularly hosts webinars on startups, the film industry, and estate planning. He regularly travels to Los Angeles and New York to serve his growing clientele. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2019,2014,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 4 ...

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Location

Spiller Law
595 Pacific Avenue
Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94133

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jennifer | June 13, 2012
Great Advisor
Lindsay helped me in the early stages of the formation of my business entity. His expert assistance was a tremendous help and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a creative and caring attorney.
Posted by Josh | May 25, 2010
Rave Review of Lindsay Spiller
Lin Spiller is, by a wide margin, the best attorney I have ever worked with (and I've had some excellent lawyers). He is rigorous, totally ethical, a joy to talk with, and supremely dedicated to my interests as his client.
Posted by J.Nagler | November 9, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Recommend Highly and Without Reservation!
The first things I must say about Lindsay is that he is generous of heart and wise. He offered me direct and strong guidance, was open to listening to my concerns, but most importantly, expertly explained the legal ins and outs (and potential costs) of the situation should I take it further. Let me be more specific: I had a book agent who lied and misrepresented submissions to editors, hid pertinent information, then tried to damage my reputation when I caught her in falsehoods. Lindsay helped me understand the pieces of the situation which are actionable, and which ones I need to leave behind me. His advice is clear, well-thought-out, and founded upon a practical approach to the law. He absolutely helped me clarify what I can do versus what direction I really want to take. I recommend him highly and without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outside general counsel
Lindsay Spiller is a trusted advisor who has counseled me in my business with legal issues from incorporation to employment and IP. I trust his judgment. He has good intuition. I’ve avoided litigation through his intervention and negotiation. He has financial acumen and understands from the perspective of a business owner.
Response from Lindsay Spiller October 10, 2023
Thank you for the kind review.
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Professional
I had many questions that needed to be addressed in regards to my business formation and Lindsay was able to answer each and every question with detail. I would definitely recommend him!
Response from Lindsay Spiller September 14, 2023
Thank you for your kind review.
Posted by Alex | September 7, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Super Insightful
I really appreciate Lindsay taking my call! He was very insightful, genuine and transparent. He informed me what the process (time and cost) would look like, and provided me with additional resources to consider. He's very knowledgeable and seems like he values time which I really respect. I highly recommend!
Response from Lindsay Spiller September 12, 2023
Thank you for your kind review, Alex. Happy to help!
Posted by Evgeni | August 21, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I highly recommend Mr. Spiller!
My experience with Mr. Spiller was truly exceptional. Not only did he show a genuine interest in understanding my business, but he also displayed an impressive level of attentiveness and focus. His commitment to comprehending my unique situation and offering tailored assistance was truly remarkable. I highly recommend Lindsay Spiller for anyone seeking legal expertise combined with a genuine dedication!
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Response from Lindsay Spiller October 24, 2023
Thank you, Evegeni, for your kind review. Happy to help you anytime.
Posted by Alain | August 3, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer
Extremely nice and helpful lawyer that gave me plenty of advice and shared other lawyers information that may be helpful in regards to this matter
Response from Lindsay Spiller August 3, 2023
Thank you, Alain, for your kind review. I would be happy to help you anytime!
Posted by Phil | March 9, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and helpful!
Lindsay when above and beyond when I contacted him for help. He answered all my questions and helped guide me in the right direction. A great person and resource to have in the film business. Thank you!
Response from Lindsay Spiller March 12, 2023
Thank you for your very kind review, Phil. Happy to have helped you.
Posted by Robert | February 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Entertainment Law
Mr. Spiller was more than impressive during our interactions. He helped me to grasp how to employ the documents he built for me and helped me to understand a few core concepts of my own business better. Every document I requested was straightforward to navigate and was finished before the deadline. The revisions requested were few, and when made, they fit my instructions to the finite detail. After having a few bad experiences, I have found a great attorney that has added to my knowledge, business, and future. Mr. Spiller is great plain and simple!
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Response from Lindsay Spiller March 6, 2023
Thank you for this very kind review, Robert. Happy to have helped!
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Business formation
I contacted Spiller Law regarding my LLC entity formation. I spoke with Mr. Spiller and you could tell right away his knowledge on business law formation was second to none. He answered all my questions and helped get my company formed successfully. Thanks for all your help . Eric Coombs
Response from Lindsay Spiller January 12, 2023
Thank you, Eric, for the kind review. Glad to have helped you.
Posted by Nicholas | September 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgeable, Personable
As a professional writer, I've worked with Lindsay to draft deals and develop contracts for original IPs in the entertainment industry - specifically for video games. I couldn't be happier with his services. He always uses our time respectfully and efficiently and brings both extensive experience and a robust knowledge of entertainment law to the table. I've been consistently impressed by his commitment to ethics and attention to detail - qualities to look for in an excellent lawyer. On top of all of that, he's a great guy who takes a genuine interest in all of his clients. It's no surprise to me he's so highly rated!
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Response from Lindsay Spiller September 25, 2022
Thank you for your very kind review, Nick. I look forward to helping you going forward.
Posted by Mariana Givens | September 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Self-Employed
Happy to say….meeting Lindsay was purely accidental via Google Search. Two years later, Lindsay’s firm has not disappointed. He continues to maintain a professional image and committed to serving clients with utmost respect on both sides; his work ethic is unprecedented and I feel confident that he has my best interest at heart. Thank you, Lindsay
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Response from Lindsay Spiller September 25, 2022
Thank you, Mariana, for your very kind review. I've enjoyed working with you!
Posted by Chris | September 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More than a great attorney
I have used Lindsay in every area of his practice. He did the estate plan for my wife and me. He has set up LLC’s for both of my businesses. He also advised and assisted me with clearances as well as a recommendation for E&O insurance for my documentary film. In every case, I find him to be thorough, thoughtful and helpful in his guidance. On top of that he is a pleasure to work with. As an added bonus, he brings to the table not only a network of great creators and business people, but has managed to turn that network into a community of friends. I highly recommend a conversation with him. I’d be surprised if it doesn’t lead to something special whether you choose to work with him or not.
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Response from Lindsay Spiller September 25, 2022
Deeply appreciate your kind review, Chris. Feel very lucky to have you as a client and friend.
Posted by Larry | September 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Artist/Writer/Game Developer/Business Owner
Lindsay Spiller not only understands the law, but he also understands the dynamics of business. The goal in making successful deals is a combination of skills, negotiating instincts, and realistically understanding the strengths and weaknesses of both parties. Lindsay understands how to maneuver through the complexities of the entertainment industry. I highly recommend using Lindsay Spiller for your legal adviser.
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Response from Lindsay Spiller September 25, 2022
Thank you for your very kind review, Larry. Alway happy to help you.
Posted by Michael | September 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Independent Videographer
I am an independent videographer who had a client that refused to pay a large invoice for work that I provided. Lindsay was able to quickly get the invoice paid. His knowledge of the applicable laws made this an easy experience. I recommend him whole heartedly!
Posted by Bill | September 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Social Media Manager
I met Lindsay through one of his Friday morning coffees and I always found his ability to take complex legal concepts and explain them in easily understood terms to be outstanding. That, and he's really a nice guy who also knows how to take care of business (nice to you, maybe not so nice to the person you're fighting against, which is a good thing :) . He offers 30 min consults through his website too, so you can chat with him initially via Zoom if you prefer. Strongly recommended.
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Posted by Menon | January 26, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful and kind
Mr. Lindsay was too expensive for my purposes but referred me to another resource and took his time understanding my project before doing that. Thank you, Lindsay!
Posted by Chris | December 7, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I'm looking for a reason to hire Lindsay, even if just for more conversation!
I had a consultation with Lindsay regarding an LLC formation. He was incredibly personable and knowledgeable, even though my business was outside his areas of expertise. He suggested that I would benefit from hiring a lawyer who was more specifically familiar with the particularities of real estate development and followed up on the SAME DAY with personal recommendations. I'm only half joking when I say that I'm looking for another reason to hire him ;).
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Posted by SK | November 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I wonder if he's that nice if he's sitting across from you.
Had a consultation with Lindsay about including IP in my book after I'd already contacted the license holder, which might have muddled things up a bit if it weren't for his knowledgeable and straightforward advice. Additionally he is very personable and shows real personal interest. I would have absolute faith in him as my representative.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 395-495 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Spiller Law
  • 2006 - Present

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • AB (with Distinction)
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Negotiated Worldwide Music License Agreement with Beatles and Rolling Stones
  • Successfully negotiated the "first of its kind" license deals.
  • Resolved Dispute between Feature Film Production and the Directors' Guild of America
  • Successfully resolved matter so that the Film Production could proceed and without any penalties to Production Company.
  • Negotiated Multimillion-dollar Merger and Acquisition of Major Sporting Event Company
  • Successful sale of company
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Associations

  • California Lawyers for the Arts
  • Attorney/Advisor
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers in State of California
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Entertainment Lawyers in State of California
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • CLA Filmmakers Workshop
  • The Business of Making and Distributing Film
  • 2010
  • 1031 Exchange Conference
  • Estate Planning for the Real Estate Investor
  • 2010
  • Northern California Escrow Association Annual Meeting
  • Estate Planning - Simplified
  • 2009
  • CLA - Filmmakers Workshop
  • The Business of Film Production
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (9)
Endorse Lindsay
Entertainment Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not only is Lindsey experienced and knowledgeable, but he is a genuinely good person. You can tell that he cares for his clients and is invested in their success."
Entertainment Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Lin for a number of years now and have also worked with him on various entertainment projects. He is a rare breed among attorneys. While he clearly knows his craft and guides his clients with expertise, he also does so while remaining gracious and genuine with all parties involved, including clients, opposing counsel and others. This expertise combined with a very rare persona has recently led me to suggest Lin as counsel for a party for which a current client is negotiating a film joint venture with. With just a bit of research and one phone call, they quickly became interested in bringing Lin on board. Now I can look forward to working across the table with him as well!"
Entertainment Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lindsay Spiller provides a crucial service in the entertainment industry. He knows the business of entertainment and entertainment law; he knows the "players" which enables him to promote his clients' interests. He can get a project into production. I endorse Lindsay Spiller!"
Entertainment Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Lindsay for several years and we often consult with each other regarding transactional and litigated entertainment matters. Lindsay is sincerely dedicated to the needs of his clients and as a practice goes the extra mile to ensure they get what they need. This, combined with an attention to detail and a tenacious attitude when needed makes him an attorney I would be happy to work with again in the future."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lin Spiller is a bright, creative attorney who serves creative clients most effectively. He thinks both outside and inside the box. He is a skilled negotiator. When needed, he assembles teams of lawyers and other professionals to meet the needs of his clients,"
Entertainment Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Family member
"I have known Lindsay Spiller for over 40 years, and as a friend and fellow attorney I have followed his legal career from the beginning. I am not surprised by the favorable endorsements he has received from his clients on this Avvo website. Read them and you will understand why clients appreciate his advice and counsel. As an attorney for over 33 years, it has been my experience that many attorneys lack the social skills and empathy that clients need when confronted with a serious legal problem. Lindsay brought those skills and qualities to his legal career. His experience, expertise, and ability to succinctly communicate verbally and in writing makes him an effective advocate for his clients."
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