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Peter L. Kaufman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Santa Monica, CA

Kaufman Abdel-Aal LLP
2425 Olympic Blvd, Suite 4000W
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-294-1624
Fax: 818-887-2100
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Entertainment & Sports (70%), Intellectual Property (20%), Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Peter Kaufman is an entertainment lawyer and partner at Kaufman Abdel-Aal LLP.  He specializes in finance, production and distribution of film, television, music, publishing, digital and internet-based matters. His practice includes the representation of international and domestic distributors, financiers, production companies, music labels, start-ups, content libraries, sales agents, producers, directors, writers, and actors.

Mr. Kaufman serves on the arbitration panels for the Independent Film and Television Alliance (“IFTA”) and the American Arbitration Association. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, and Film Independent. Mr. Kaufman previously served as chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

He received an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a “Superb” rating from Avvo. Thomson Reuters has named him a “Super Lawyer” every year since 2017. These are the highest ratings these organizations accord to lawyers.

Mr. Kaufman previously served as General Counsel and Vice-President of Business Affairs for; as Vice-President of Business and Legal Affairs for Film Roman; and as Director of Business and Legal Affairs for the independent production and distribution company, LIVE Entertainment Inc. through its transition to Artisan Entertainment (subsequently acquired by Lionsgate Entertainment).

Mr. Kaufman has written about entertainment law for “Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine” and blogs at He was a contributor to “The Complete Film Production Handbook”, 4th Ed., and co‑editor of two syllabi on entertainment law. He previously served on IFTA's drafting committee responsible for creating and revising its Model International Licensing Agreement, a form agreement used throughout the entertainment industry.

Selected speaking engagements include USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, the Film Independent Forum, UCLA Extension, the Bloomberg Film & Television Summit, the Directors Guild of America, and the Producers Guild of America.

Selected press includes interviews with CNBC on crowd funding film, TV, and new media projects; the Associated Press on the impact of the Academy Awards on talent negotiations; Film Independent on financing and distributing independent motion pictures; and on deal-making at Comicon.

Prior to his move into entertainment law, Mr. Kaufman was a litigator with the Century City law firm, Parkinson, Wolf, Lazar and Leo.

He is a graduate of Boston University's School of Law (1989) and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and psychology from Emory University (1986).

About Peter L. Kaufman

First Admitted: 1989, California

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Volunteer Attorney, Dilley Pro Bono Project
  • Volunteer Foster Child Adoption Attorney, Public Counsel

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Arbitrator, Independent Film and Television Alliance
  • Member, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 
  • Member, Film Independent
  • Member, Producers Guild of America
  • Former Chair, Executive Committee, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Blogger,

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Speaker, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Film Independent Forum, UCLA Extension, Bloomberg Film & TV Summit, the Directors Guild of America, and others.
  • Interviewed by CNBC, The Associated Press, Film Independent, Mashable and others.


  • AV-rated Preeminent lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Superb lawyer rating, Avvo Law Directory

Educational Background

  • Boston University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1989
  • Emory University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Psychology, 1986

Scholarly Lectures/Writings


  • Sale of Death Row Records to E1 Music (Entertainment One), 2012
  • Acquisition of Death Row Records by New Solutions Financial Corp. , 2009

Industry Groups

  • Entertainment
  • General Business
  • Startups
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Office Location for Peter L. Kaufman

2425 Olympic Blvd
Suite 4000W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Last Updated: 7/9/2021

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