About Pryor Cashman LLP

Pryor Cashman's dual locations in entertainment industry hotspots New York and Los Angeles are indicative of the full-service firm's most well-known practice: Entertainment. Pryor Cashman has brushed legal shoulders with some of the biggest icons in pop culture, including Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Paul Newman, Elton John and Lady Gaga.  

From Entertainment to Full-Service

The beginnings of Pryor Cashman are consistent with its strongest practice today: the firm was founded as an entertainment law boutique firm. In 1963, Pete Pryor and David Braun, entertainment lawyers specializing in the motion picture, music and publishing industries, joined forces with Gideon Cashman, a well-known litigator who had served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division in the Southern District of New York. In its early days, the firm saw clients the likes of Simon & Garfunkel; Peter, Paul and Mary; Faye Dunaway; Neil Diamond; Bob Dylan and major talent agency Creative Management Associates focused on civil litigation, copyright, unfair competition and corporate counseling. In the 70s, Pryor Cashman took its first steps on the road toward becoming a full-service firm, adding securities, tax and corporate financing to its practices. The 80s straight into the new millennium marked a period of significant expansion for the firm, as it added to its practices labor and employment, banking, bankruptcy, criminal defense, family law, litigation, corporate, real estate and intellectual property. In 2003 Pryor Cashman, opened its L.A. office. 

Pryor Cashman's transition to a full-service firm was clearly successful, as nearly all of its practice areas have been singled out for recognition. Its IP practice has been honored by Intellectual Property Today and Trademark Insider. Chambers top-ranks its M&A, Media and Entertainment and Corporate practices, Legal 500 its Copyright, IP, Media, Technology, Telecom, IP Litigation and Real Estate, and Law360 its Media and Entertainment Practice. Even the Hollywood Reporter and Crain's New York Business have called Pryor Cashman one of the "Best Places to Work in New York City."

From the Red Carpet to Pryor Cashman's Offices

If a song's in the Top 40, it's likely to face a copyright suit, but Pryor Cashman is there to help. The firm's accomplished Entertainment practice represents some of the brightest stars in the music industry in copyright battles. Some of your favorite songs which owe their copyright defense to Pryor Cashman include Kanye West's "Stronger," Elton John's "Nikita" and Nelly Furtado's "Do It." But it's not just copyright infringement that brings celebrities knocking at Pryor Cashman's door; the firm also assisted Lady Gaga in social media investment and Justin Timberlake in men's fashion ventures. 

Spider-Man vs. Pryor Cashman

Pryor Cashman earned its own place in pop culture when a villain in Spider-Man comic book series was named after the firm. Pryor Cashman the character, also known as "The Kingmaker," appears in the Osborn arc of the series as a "highly dangerous" accomplice to prominent Spider-Man nemesis Green Goblin. Perhaps Pryor Cashman's casting was a case of art imitating life; Pryor Cashman (the firm) was involved in arbitration against producers of the Broadway stage show Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark on behalf of its client The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). The arbitration concerned unpaid royalties to Julie Taymor, a member of the SDC and the original director of the show.

IN THE NEWS

June 2016

First Amendment Victory for Pro Bono Client

In a victory for client, Joseph Hornick, Pryor Cashman partner Eric Sherman, together with the ACLU of New Jersey, successfully obtained a dismissal of a complaint which unconstitutionally restricted Mr. Hornick's right to free speech. At issue in this case was a New Jersey ordinance prohibiting the display of political signs more than 30 days ahead of the state's primary. Hornick was ticketed under the ordinance for flying a flag on his property which featured Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again!" slogan. In dismissing the case in the interest of justice, the court found the "somewhat vague" ordinance did not apply to Hornick's flag. Two weeks after the successful challenge mounted by Sherman and the ACLU, the local New Jersey borough council repealed the ordinance.

May 2016

Pryor Cashman Establishes Nonprofit Practice

Pryor Cashman added Dan Kurtz and Shveta Kakar as partners in the newly established Nonprofit + Tax-Exempt Organizations practice. Bringing expertise in corporate, civil and government matters, along with diverse client rosters and impeccable reputations within their field, much of their work will cross over into the Corporate, Tax and Litigation areas. News of Kurtz and Kakar's arrival was picked up by more than 200 news outlets, including The Deal, Law 360, Reuters, and MarketWatch/Dow Jones.

April 2016

Shechtman Represents Actors from Tony-Award-Winning Megahit, "Hamilton"

Ronald Shechtman, Pryor Cashman's managing partner and chair of the firm's labor and employment group, is representing approximately two dozen actors from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton in a deal that will bring the original cast members, all of whom belong to Actors' Equity Association, a share of the smash musical's profits. Hamilton was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards and went on to win 11, including best new musical, best leading actor, best featured actress in a musical and best featured actor in a musical. The show brings in more than $500,000 in weekly profits.

Victory on Behalf of TMZ Productions, Inc.

In a crucial win for client, TMZ Productions, Inc., Pryor Cashman obtained a dismissal of a suit alleging TMZ published defamatory statements on its website. Along with several other media outlets, TMZ published articles describing an investigation by the New York Attorney General's Office in which Plaintiff Janice Lee was falsely implicated in a drug and prostitution ring. After being cleared of any wrongdoing, Lee brought suit, alleging the articles were defamatory. In dismissing the case, the court agreed with Pryor Cashman's position that TMZ's articles were protected by the fair-report privilege and, because they presented a fair, full and accurate account of the Attorney General's investigation, could not be considered defamatory.

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Pryor Cashman LLP

7 Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 326-0176
Fax: (212) 798-6355

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Ronald H. Shechtman
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 142

  • Employment Contact
    Stephanie Gonzalez
    Summer & Litigation Associates Recruiting Manager 
    Phone: (212) 326-0408
    Email: sgonzalez@pryorcashman.com

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Banking and Finance  
    Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors' Rights  
    China Practice  
    Corporate  
    Digital Media  
    Entertainment, Media and Communications  
    Executive Compensation, ERISA and Employee Benefits  
    Family Law  
    Immigration Law  
    Intellectual Property  
    Investment Management Group  
    Labor and Employment  
    Litigation  
    Personal Representation  
    Real Estate  
    Tax  
    Trusts and Estates  

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Los Angeles, CA