Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Big law work with small law firm feel”
  • “Firm culture”
  • “Excellent clients”

Downers

  • “Less established mentoring”
  • “Compensation could be higher”
  • “Less prestige outside of California”

About Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

A full-service business and entertainment firm, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP seeks to fill the niche where the two specialties meet. Though the Los Angeles firm handles everything from tax and real estate to labor and employment issues, it excels as a one-stop shop for companies with both entertainment and business-law related needs.

Lord of the Entertainment Law Dance

Founded in 1959 by three attorneys, this mid-sized city of angels firm is among the most highly regarded entertainment and business houses in California. Indeed, if hourly fees are proof of anything, (and the firm's are among the highest), Greenberg may be the top entertainment firm. In addition to the music, sports, silver and small screen cases, the firm has also buttered its bread by representing video game manufacturers.

Greenberg Glusker is the go-to firm for Hollywoodites in trouble. Clients have included Francis Ford Coppola, Sharon Stone, DreamWorks SKG, Larry King, Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley and supermodel Elle Macpherson. With a client list like that, it's no wonder Chambers has rated the firm's entertainment practice as band one and U.S. News has rated its motion pictures and television entertainment law group as well its music entertainment law division as national tier two. Entertainment industry magazines like Variety and Hollywood Reporter have listed Greenberg Glusker attorneys on lists of lawyers to know in the biz. 

Law Law Land

If the connection between Greenberg Glusker law and Hollywood's movers and shakers wasn't clear enough, the firm's attorneys contribute to a blog, Law Law Land, covering the legal hurdles and strategies of talent agents, athletes and musicians of the entertainment industry. Topics include the intellectual property ramifications of Jay-Z and Beyonce's move to trademark their daughter's name, legal strategies for reinvigorating the NBA's dunk contest and the legal woes of the Kardashians.

Fields of Dreams

Perhaps the feistiest team player in Greenberg Glusker's attorney roster is leading entertainment attorney and octogenarian Bertram, or Bert, Fields. Fields has secured victories for clients like Tom Cruise, the Beatles and Madonna, not to mention snagging a walk-on role in Dragnet early in his career after representing actor Jack Webb. According to the Wall Street Journal law blog, "Profile[s] of Bert Fields seem to include one of two epithets. It's either 'Bert Fields, Hollywood superlawyer' or 'Bert fields, who has never lost a case.'"

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Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

1900 Avenue of the Stars
21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 553-3610

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Bob Baradaran
  • Hiring Partner: Brian Kang
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 88

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $165,000
    3rd year: $170,000
    4th year: $180,000
    5th year: $190,000
    6th year: $205,000
    7th year: $215,000
    Summer: $3,076/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    3 out of 3 (2Ls only) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy, Reorganization & Capital Recovery • Climate Change & Sustainability • Corporate, Finance & Securities • Emerging Technology & New Media • Employment • Entertainment • Environment • Environmental Litigation • Intellectual Property • Intellectual Property Litigation • International • Litigation • Private Client Services • Real Estate • Real Estate Litigation • Restaurant, Food & Beverage • Taxation

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA (HQ)