About Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz boasts a team of nearly 100 attorneys who represent a star-studded client list. With its heart in the entertainment industry, the firm serves clients from its two offices in New York and Los Angeles.
The Entertainment of It All
Frankfurt Kurnit was founded in 1977 by five attorneys looking to service the robust New York City entertainment scene. The firm’s early clients included Sidney Lumet, Al Pacino, Carl Bernstein, Elaine May, and Robert Redford. Founder Mike Frankfurt represented Robert Redford in the purchase of the Utah mountain that would become Sundance (and Frankfurt even claims to have come up with the name). Since then, Frankfurt Kurnit has represented some of the world’s top publishers, producers, directors, distributors, actors, celebrities, models, writers, financiers, charitable organizations, online content and service providers, and many of the foremost advertising agencies, information technology companies, and corporate brands.
Frankfurt Kurnit provides legal services to clients in a wide range of industries and disciplines worldwide, including entertainment, advertising, intellectual property, technology, litigation, corporate and finance, estate planning, charitable organizations, and professional responsibility. Today, the firm represents everyone from Fortune 500 companies and smaller businesses, to award-winning creative talent, business owners, and executives.
Frankfurt Kurnit’s reign of celebrity clients goes well beyond its original East Coast clientele. The firm has represented the likes of Robert DeNiro, Anthony Bourdain, John Goodman, and the estates of Roald Dahl and Agatha Christie. The firm knows the ins-and-outs of what its clients need, and offers tailored practice groups to match. For example, the firm’s celebrity branding practice group assists in endeavors like maximizing commercial endorsement opportunities, launching product lines, and securing trademarks. The content review and clearance group advises clients before the release of media like reality and true crime shows, podcasts, documentaries, films, news, and more. The fashion group focuses on talent in the modeling industry by providing counseling for licensing agreements, fashion shows, and television productions.
Embracing All Forms of Diversity
Diversity is more than lip-service at Frankfurt Kurnit. In addition to diversity playing a prominent role in the recruiting process—which starts early, with a summer internship for diverse high school students—the firm has hosted countless events covering various aspects of diversity. Recent events, to name just a few, include a session on how to help low-income transgender clients navigate the name-change process; a discussion of female leaders and the challenges they face in the technology industry; a panel on the topic of the Muslim experience in America; and conversations surrounding various documentaries, podcasts, and publications that highlight diversity—such as with filmmaker Abigail E. Disney about the Emmy-winning documentary, The Armor of Light.
News & Awards
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz takes diversity in its workplace and the legal profession very seriously, and promoting diversity is one of its core values. The firm has many initiatives aimed at promoting diversity, and these efforts have been recognized. For example, Working Mother magazine recently named the firm as one of the “Best Law Firms for Women” in the United States for the sixth time in the past seven years. And Crain's New York Business has included the firm in its Best Places to Work list for nine consecutive years.
The firm was featured in a New York Law Journal article titled “For Frankfurt Kurnit, Firm’s Focus on ‘A Few Key Practice Areas’ Drives Growth.” The piece is a Q&A with managing partner Jeffrey Greenbaum, discussing such areas as trends in the legal market, opportunities for the firm, advantages and disadvantages for midsize firms in attracting new talent, the firm’s plans and structures, and more.
28 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 980-0120
Managing Partner: Jeffrey A. Greenbaum
Hiring Partners: Wendy Stryker, Lisa Davis, Brian Maas, Brian Murphy, Hannah Taylor
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
50 - 100
The firm did not disclose salary information.
No. of Summer Associates:
4 total (All 1Ls) (2019)
Manager, Human Resources & Administration
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY (HQ)
Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Corporate & Finance
Cross-Border Transactions & Global Media Clearance
Estate Planning & Administration
Executive Compensation & Employment
Privacy & Data Security
Securities Fraud & White Collar Defense
Technology & Digital Media
Trademark & Brand Management