Chris is one of Hollywood’s legal power brokers and steers many industry-shaping deals. Over the past decade, he has facilitated deals that have collectively amounted to an estimated $10 billion in value. He represents high-profile individuals and companies from media, entertainment, production, hospitality, sports and technology as well as family offices, startups, professional athletes, celebrities, public figures and influencers. His execution-oriented approach and unique breadth of experience handling cutting-edge transactions allow his clients to adapt and grow their businesses in today’s advanced data- and technology-driven marketplace. His portfolio also includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, brand monetization, cross-border transactions, equity and debt financings, corporate governance, and partnerships between the world’s top influencers and the best entrepreneurs and operators. Chris has become the go-to lawyer in town for complex corporate and commercial transactions involving icons and moguls across a wide range of industries, including media, entertainment, technology, sports, consumer brands, health and wellness.
His broad litigation and advisory practice covers the gamut of media and entertainment law, including misappropriation of the right of publicity, employment disputes, defamation, blockchain and cryptocurrency, business torts, class actions, intellectual property protection and enforcement, breach of fiduciary duties, privately held companies, the formation and division of trusts, and real estate and commercial matters. Understanding his clients’ objectives and risk tolerance, he serves as a trusted business and legal advisor, structuring and negotiating unprecedented deals on behalf of his clients and bringing them successfully across the finish line.
Frequently recognized as one of the entertainment industry’s top lawyers, Chris has a client base that is generating more than 1,000 hours of television per year (including the No. 1 syndicated TV talk show) across multiple platforms, developing dozens of pilots, selling more than 50 million books, and operating a number of digital platforms with 200 million users per month. His impactful work has earned him recognition as a top Hollywood dealmaker from various media publications across the country, including Variety’s Legal Impact Report and the publication’s highly competitive Dealmakers Impact Report; The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Dealmakers, which features major game-changing deals that have impacted the showbiz landscape; and other major nationally recognized outlets, such as the Los Angeles Times, Reuters and Bloomberg. Before starting his career as a lawyer, Chris was a corporate bond trader on Wall Street and a registered representative of the National Association of Securities Dealers, coordinating billions of dollars in debt offerings for clients.