Welcome to the Law Offices of Larry Zerner, a boutique entertainment law firm whose entire focus is on protecting artists and performers.
Dealing with the entertainment industry can be scary and intimidating. Whether you need a contract reviewed to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible, or a studio has failed to pay you for your work, you need a lawyer who will work tirelessly to make sure you get all you are entitled.
You need and deserve an entertainment attorney who understands what you’re going through and can put things right without costing a fortune.
If you want a lawyer with Hollywood insider experience and fearlessness in the face of the biggest names in the industry, call me. I’ve never backed down from a fight, even when I was going head-to-head with the best lawyers the studios had.
My results speak for themselves, and my many happy clients will tell you the relief they felt when they knew they finally had someone in THEIR corner. You’re not alone. I will use every tool at my disposal to ensure your rights are protected and your intellectual property restored.
Plenty of professionals are all about “don’ts.” They don’t work on weekends, they don’t take the hard cases, they don’t get too personal.
I’m all about “do.” I do make myself available when you need me, I do want to establish personal rapport, I do know what it’s like to work in the entertainment industry and have to go to battle for what I was owed. I’m able to obtain fantastic results because I know that world inside and out. I fight with all I’ve got, no matter who I’m up against.
It takes a lot of “do” to protect your dreams in areas like:
I have extensive experience in the art of negotiation and mediation, but I’m also prepared for litigation whenever needed. I’m ready and willing to stand up for you, no matter who you need to challenge. After all, I’ve already fought back against some of the biggest names in Hollywood, Check out a few of my cases that made the headlines:
Even if you’re not sure whether you have a case, give me a call. I’m all for turning “don’ts” into “dos,” after all. I’d love to learn more about where you are now and help you find a way to the other side. Case evaluations are always free, so go ahead and pick up the phone and call me at 310.773.3623 or send me an email here.
Helping people is one of the biggest rewards you can get in this world. That’s why when I opened Zerner Law in 2000, I did it with one goal in mind: helping people in the entertainment industry solve their problems. After all, I’ve been an actor and performer since I was in my teens, so who better to go toe-to-toe with the biggest names in entertainment?
My insider knowledge means that I can often get extraordinary results for clients who have been turned down by other lawyers because their cases were “unwinnable.” Does that sound familiar to you?
I’m a fighter. And I’ll fight for you, no matter who the opponent happens to be. The studios don’t get a pass because they’re the big guys.
For many people, just calling a lawyer can be intimidating. They have a problem and are worried that bringing in a lawyer will end up costing more than the case is worth. At the Law Office of Larry Zerner, I try my best to make sure that never happens. Before any case is started, the client is fully informed about the possible costs and risks of litigation. Although I charge on an hourly and project basis, I am also one of the few entertainment law firms that will represent clients on a contingency basis. I can’t promise to take every case, but I’m happy to take a look and see if a contingency plan can work for everyone.
I don’t want to take your case if I think you’re ultimately going to lose money to recover what you’re owed. For example, if someone owes you $40k in damages, but it would end up costing you $50k in legal fees, it just doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t want you to hire me unless there is a significant chance that this will turn out to to be a “win-win” for everyone. That doesn’t mean that I can guarantee that if you hire me, you will win the case or obtain a certain result — no lawyer can promise that. But I can promise that I will always keep you fully informed about my time and projected costs, so there are no financial surprises during our representation.
Speaking of that, I am always transparent about costs from the beginning, You can call me and we’ll discuss your situation and how your payment may be best structured. Even if I can’t work for you on contingency, my smaller office means lower overhead and significantly lower retainers than the big law firms.
It doesn’t take huge fees to be one of the best entertainment attorneys in the area. What it does take is a commitment to my clients and a deep understanding of the inner workings of Hollywood. It also doesn’t hurt to be a fighter, no matter who happens to be the opponent.
June 20, 2023
If you’re a screenwriter who gets handed a contract, but doesn’t have a lawyer, here are some things to keep in mind so you don’t get completely screwed over. Your first contract will probably be an option/purchase contract. That means the producer will have an exclusive period (“the option period) […]
October 7, 2019
Larry was interviewed by the Hollywood Reporter for a story about the recent wave about authors terminating their copyright transfers. You can read the article here.
October 7, 2019
Because of his past involvement with the films, Larry has been closely following the lawsuit involving the rights to the Friday the 13th movie franchise, which is currently on appeal. Larry recently did a video interview with Slash N’ Cast explaining what’s going on with the lawsuit, what’s going to […]
September 5, 2019
The Hollywood Reporter and New York Times wrote articles about the wrongful trademark filing done by Barack Obama’s company, Higher Ground Productions, against my client, Hanisya Massey. You can read the articles here and here.
March 22, 2019
I was interviewed by the Northwest Florida Daily News about the ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit over the rights to the Friday the 13th film franchise, as well as my own past history with the movies. You can read it here http://bit.ly/2Fltbs5