Michael S. Sherman

Michael S. Sherman

Partner

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1970, J.D., Order of the Coif
  • University of California, Los Angeles, 1967, B.A., cum laude

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • State Supreme Court - California

Michael is a partner in Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group. Michael's practice emphasizes high level transactions focused on the entertainment and media industries. He represents a diverse group of individual and institutional clients across the motion picture, television, Internet, music, theatre, sports and other industries. He has particular expertise in related intellectual property (copyright and trademark) matters.

Employment History

  • 2010 - Reed Smith
  • Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell - Partner
  • Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger - Partner

Honors & Awards

  • Reed Smith's Southern California Pro Bono Honor Roll (2014)
  • Featured in the Who's Who Legal 100 for Sports & Entertainment Lawyers (2013-2015)
  • Listed Southern California Super Lawyers (2014-2015)
  • Listed, The International Who’s Who of Sports & Entertainment Lawyers by Who’s Who Legal (2013 and 2015)
  • Listed in EuroMoney, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Expert Guide (2014-2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Rating
  • Honored as a "Power Lawyer"—one of "The 100 Most Influential Attorneys in Entertainment", by The Hollywood Reporter (July 2008)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association and Forum Committee on the Entertainment Industry
  • Member, Los Angeles Copyright Society
  • Member, UCLA Annual Entertainment Symposium, Co-chair of 10 Annual Symposia
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program
  • Associate in Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, 1971-72
  • Volunteer In Service to America, East Palo Alto, California, Legal Aid, 1970-71

Media Mentions

  • Daily Journal: Chinese Firms Eye New U.S. Investment: The Hollywood Film Industry (cover story)
  • Daily Journal: Zep, Dead Drop Lawsuit Over Concert Footage
  • Daily Journal: Deadheads Wanna Know Who Owns '60s Concert Footage
  • Publishers Weekly: Sterling Signs U.K. Bestseller
  • Hollywood Reporter: The 100 Most Influential Attorneys in Entertainment
  • Splitting the Revenue Pie
  • The Christian Science Monitor: Writers' Strike: Fast-changing Technology Complicates
    Talks Between Writers
  • Daily Journal: Google, Viacom Could Be Inching Toward Settlement, Experts Say
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Reel 'Em In: Texas as Tinseltown? That's the Idea, as
    Lawmakers Dangle Big Incentives in Hopes of Luring More Filmmakers Here
  • The Dallas Morning News: TV Prime for Movie Trailers, MEDIA: Big Blockbusters Are
    Beholden to the Small Screen
  • Wall Street Journal: L.A. Firm Bets on Hollywood Ending for Profit Deals
  • Los Angeles Business Journal: Company Targets Top-Line Talent for Equity Deals
  • Daily Variety: Viacom Gets Vexed: Suit Puts YouTube Clips in Crosshairs
  • Fast Company: YouTube's Newfound Clout
  • CNBC.com: Pirated trailers of the upcoming Spiderman 3 movie
  • Daily Journal: Growth in Overseas Entertainment Deals has Law Firms Testing the Waters (cover story)