Dinah Perez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Law Office of Dinah Perez, P.C.
 | 5900 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 2600
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323-935-7955
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (90%),
  • Intellectual Property (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

As founder of the Law Office of Dinah Perez, PC, has been in the practice of entertainment law for two decades. On a daily basis, she helps creative and artistic people attain their professional goals; this fulfilling work is the reason she attended law school and why she chose entertainment law as her firm’s area of focus.

She advises her clients, negotiates their deals, reviews and drafts their contracts, forms their business entities, helps them secure trademarks, and registers their copyrights. She has handled all legal aspects of production legal, from drafting and negotiating production contracts to music clearance.  Occasionally, she even acts as a producer’s representative to find distribution for worthy films.  She has counseled both companies and individuals, such as producers, directors, writers, actors, recording artists, songwriters, managers, agents, and music publishers. Fluent in Spanish, she serves clients on a global level, including those in South America, Mexico and Spain.

Navigating the entertainment industry is overwhelming for many. Fortunately, Ms. Perez is adept at even the most complex issues, as she has spent years guiding clients through their options. She knows what to look for in agreements and how to structure contracts for optimal results. Perhaps most importantly, she is able to achieve clients’ goals while preserving their time and resources.

After earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, Ms. Perez graduated with a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Today, Ms. Perez is a published author and sought-after speaker. Local and national media outlets have quoted her. She is active with the Beverly Hills Bar Association, The State Bar of California, the Association of Independent Music Publishers, Film Independent, and the California Copyright Conference.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Entertainment & Sports (90%): Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law

Intellectual Property (10%): Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Focus Areas

Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law, Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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About Dinah Perez

Admitted: 1996, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.dinahperezlaw.com/entertainment-attorney/dinah-p...

Honors/Awards:

  • Loyola Law School Community Service Award, For my pro bono work on the Academy Award nominated documentary, "Color Straight Up".  A documentary about what one community was doing in terms of gang intervention.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Section, Executive Committee, Member, 2013
  • California State Bar, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Film Independent, the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), Member
  • Cinewomen, Los Angeles, CA, Founding Board Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Panelist/Speaker, New York Film Academy, 2017
  • Panelist/Speaker, Cal Arts, 2017
  • Panelist/Speaker, Southwestern Law School, 2015
  • Published in Entertainment Weekly, Script Magazine, The Writer's Guide to Agents and Managers, Wired Magazine, Storyboard Magazine, Scriptor and Release, Print, Script.
  • Panelist/Speaker, Black Hollywood Film Festival
  • Panelist/Speaker, Latin Heat Film Festival
  • Panelist/Speaker, Hawaii Songwriting Festival
  • Panelist/Speaker, ASCAP
  • Panelist/Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Panelist/Speaker, Scriptwriters Network
  • Panelist/Speaker, Writers Digest Conference West
  • Panelist/Speaker, Cinewomen
  • Member, Copyright Conference (CCC)
  • The Legal 411 for Screenwriters, included in the Hollywood Screenwriting Directory, F & W Media, 2015
  • The Legal 411 for Producers, included in the Hollywood Producers Directory, F & W Media, 2016
  • The Legal 411 for Screenwriters and The Legal 411 for Motion Picture Producers, Kindle, 2017. Interviewed by KNX Radio and appeared on Sin Fronteras (Telemundo) and El Gordo y La Flaca (Telemundo)
  • Panelist/Speaker, Screenwriters World Conference, 2015
  • Panelist/Speaker, Writers Store, 2015-2016
  • Panelist/Speaker, Showbiz Store and Café, 2015

Transactions:

  • Draft, review and negotiate a variety of film, television, internet, theater, and  music related agreements that include, but are not limited to the following: literary option/purchase agreements, life story agreements, work-for-hire agreements (producer, director, writer, talent and crew), SAG Low Budget Agreements, film distribution agreements, co-production and joint venture agreements, collaboration agreements, agency and management agreements, talent holding deals, music licenses, composing agreements, internet/digital agreements, record production agreements on both the label and talent side, book agreements, internet privacy policies and internet terms of service agreements.  Represent film production companies, producers, directors, writers, actors, distribution companies, record labels, recording artists, music publishing companies, new media companies, talent agencies, and management companies.  Help clients secure representation.  Shop film and television projects on behalf of clients. Provide production counsel services whenever a client’s film goes into production, which requires that I draft and negotiate all the relevant above and below-the-line agreements, work with the labor unions, clear content, and secure insurance coverage for the production. Advise clients on Copyright and Trademark issues, file Copyright Registrations and Trademark Applications for clients, and curtail third-party infringement of clients’ intellectual property.  Provide Producer’s Representative services whenever a client requires distribution for his/her film.
  • Drafting, negotiation, review, and counsel for film, television, music, publishing and new media-related issues, deal memorandums and agreements. Including, but not limited to: Joint Venture Agreements Talent and Literary Agent/Management Agreements Screenplay Option Purchase Agreements Life Story Agreements Writer Employment Agreements Producer's Representative Agreements Sales Agent Agreements Film Distribution Agreements Television Development Agreements Pilot Teleplay Deal Memo Television Talent Holding Deals Television Series Producer and Director Agreements Television Performer Agreements Recording Group Partnership Agreements Recording Artist Record Label Agreements Demo Recording Agreements Record Producer Agreements Songwriter Agreements Music Sampling Agreements Music Publishing Agreements Music Publishing Company Formation Book Publishing Agreements Ghost Writer Agreements Subject-Collaborator Agreements Author-Contributor Agreements Consent and Release Forms Internet Terms of Use Internet Privacy Policies Web Designer Agreements Production Counsel Services Representation for your production from pre-production through post-production. This includes negotiating and drafting all of the agreements that are necessary during the picture’s pre-production, principal photography, and post-production. Joint Venture Agreements Above-the-line Employment Agreements for cast, director, writer and producer Below-the-line Employment Agreements for crew SAG, DGA and WGA representation (if applicable) including completion and submission of signatory documents Screenplay Option/Purchase Agreement Script and Copyright Clearances Trademark, Copyright and Title Searches Copyright Registration Location Agreements Music Licenses Composer Agreements Preparation of insurance documents and liaison with the insurance companies Liaison with Bank and Sales Agents Formation of the Special Purpose Production Company Counsel on an ongoing and on-call basis during production Producer’s Representative Services Assistance with shopping completed films to distributors for the purpose of securing distribution on behalf of the completed picture; this includes distributor screenings and attendance at film festivals. Formation of Business Entity Formation of corporations, special purpose production companies, loan out companies, music publishing companies, limited liability companies, etc.          

Representative Clients:

  • Production Companies, talent managers, actors, screenwriters, directors, producers, actors, composers, songwriters, recording artists, record producers, music publishers, novelists, literary publishers, and new media companies.

Educational Background:

  • University of Southern California, B.A., Major: Political Science

Industry Groups

  • Association Of Independent Music Publishers
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • California Copyright Conference
  • Film Independent
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Office Location for Dinah Perez

5900 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 2600
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: 323-935-7955

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Last Updated: 9/11/2019

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