Peter L. Kaufman

Peter L. Kaufman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Santa Monica, CA

Kaufman Entertainment Law Group, PC
 | 100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-294-1624
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (70%),
  • Intellectual Property (30%)
Attorney Profile

Peter Kaufman practices law in Los Angeles, California with a focus on the finance, production and distribution of film, television, music, and digital (internet-based) media.

He received the highest ratings from Martindale-Hubbell as an AV-Rated Preeminent lawyer and Avvo as a Superb lawyer; and been named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, an honor reserved for just 5% of the lawyers in the state.

In addition to being an arbitrator for the Independent Film and Television Alliance and the American Arbitration Association, Peter Kaufman is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Producers Guild of America. He is the former chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

He is a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad including Film Independent, the Directors Guild of America, USC’s School of Cinema Arts, and the Bloomberg Film and TV Finance Conferences.

Peter Kaufman has written about entertainment law for Los Angeles Lawyer magazine and blogs at

He previously served as General Counsel and Vice-President of Business Affairs for, and Vice-President of Business and Legal Affairs for Film Roman, Inc. Before moving to Film Roman, Peter Kaufman was Director of Business and Legal Affairs for the independent motion picture production and the distribution company, LIVE Entertainment Inc. through its transition to Artisan Entertainment Inc. (subsequently acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment).

Prior to his move into entertainment law, Peter Kaufman was a litigator with the Century City (Los Angeles) 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) in Atlanta.

About Peter Kaufman

Admitted: 1989, California

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Foster Child Adoption Attorney, Public Counsel

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:


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

Other Outstanding Achievements:

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

Educational Background:

  • Emory University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Psychology, May 1986

Industry Groups

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

100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 700
Santa Monica, CA 90401


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Last Updated: 11/29/2017

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