Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has hired PAUL LICALSI, whose credits include serving as The Beatles’ longtime lawyer in the United States. LiCalsi—who was previously at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp and focuses his practice on intellectual property, Internet rights, unfair competition, publicity rights, contract and commercial disputes—joins Robins Kaplan as an entertainment and media litigation partner in the firm’s New York office.
LiCalsi, who has represented The Beatles in this country since 1983, has also handled legal matters for such other major performers as Elton John, Billy Joel and Taylor Swift. He says most of his talent-side clients will follow him to Robins Kaplan.
LiCalsi says that unlike Mitchell Silberberg—which acts as legal counsel to numerous major record labels and studios—Robins Kaplan does not represent many big entertainment industry corporate clients and therefore presents fewer potential conflicts for his practice. “Litigation is particularly problematic when representing talent,” he says.
Ronald Schutz, regional managing partner and chair of Robins Kaplan’s national intellectual property group, says the firm counts the Ray Charles Foundation among its clients. It also advised the producers of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” when they sued Disney in 2010 and won $269.2 million in a dispute over whether the company was making a fair accounting of the profits being generated by the hit show.
“Most of our entertainment law work was being driven out of our Los Angeles office, with support from our New York office. With Paul on the ground in New York, more work will be driven out of New York,” says Schutz.
In other Churn news …
Former Foley & Lardner equity partner SCOTT CALLEN is now a partner at Adams and Reese. Callen, who will divide his time between Tallahassee and Tampa, joins his new firm’s special business services practice group and will represent clients in the hospitality, resort and golf, and food and beverage industries.
Akerman has expanded its Miami office with the addition of former K&L Gates partner WILLIAM SPRATT. Spratt joins Akerman as a partner and will represent health care clients in governance, compliance and transactional matters.
McGuireWoods has added new partner BARBARA DE MARIGNY in its Houston office. Previously with financial services firm KPMG, she will work on tax matters related to partnerships and master limited partnerships, while also providing tax support for alternative energy clients financed with tax equity.
JEFFREY BLEICH has rejoined Munger, Tolles & Olson as a partner in San Francisco, where he will concentrate his practice on international and domestic litigation and counseling involving privacy and data security, investigations, trade and cross-border disputes. Bleich was a partner at Munger Tolles until 2009, when he left for a four-year stint as U.S. ambassador to Australia.
Reed Smith has added ANGELA ANGELOVSKA-WILSON as a partner in the financial industry group in its Washington, D.C., office. Anegelova-Wilson, who arrives from Latham & Watkins, provides federal and state regulatory counseling to financial services companies and nonfinancial companies on a broad range of issues, including Dodd Frank compliance and financial services regulatory support.
Sidley Austin has hired two new partners: RAYMOND ATKINS, who joins the firm’s transportation practice in Washington, D.C., and RAM BURSHTINE, who joins the global finance practice in New York. Atkins most recently was general counsel of the Surface Transportation Board. Burshtine was last at King & Spalding, and will represent financial institutions, private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers.
BENJAMIN KROYMANN has jumped from Dentons to Squire Sanders’ corporate practice, where he will focus on equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate work. A Shanghai-based partner, Kroymann brings two staff members with him.
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