Howard Hertz

Howard Hertz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Hertz Schram PC
 | 1760 South Telegraph Road, Suite 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Phone: 248-335-5000
Fax: 248-335-3346
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (70%),
  • Intellectual Property (20%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Howard Hertz is the co-founder of Hertz Schram PC, a multidisciplinary firm in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. As the head of the firm's entertainment law group, he provides services to recording artists, songwriters, producers, authors, screenwriters, actors and other entertainers nationwide in matters ranging from contract negotiation and copyright infringement to business planning. Mr. Hertz also represents record labels and music publishers and frequently serves as a mediator in entertainment-related disputes.

After receiving a bachelor's degree with distinction from Wayne State University in 1972, Mr. Hertz went on to be awarded his law degree cum laude from Wayne State University Law School in 1976. He currently teaches entertainment law as an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School. Admitted to practice in Michigan, Mr. Hertz is also licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Highly regarded by his peers in the legal profession, Mr. Hertz has been awarded an AV-Preeminent* rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and he has been named in Best Lawyers of America** each year since 2007. He was also the 2004 recipient of the John Hensel Award, given each year by the Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports Section of the State Bar of Michigan to a Michigan attorney who has made significant contributions to the arts and was recently awarded the Arts Advocacy Award by Wayne State University's College of Fine, Perfoming and Communication Arts.

An active member of many organizations, Mr. Hertz serves as president and a member of the executive board of the Detroit Music Awards Foundation, a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to support and nurture musicians in the Detroit metropolitan area. He is also a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and is on the board of directors of the Sphinx Organization, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of young black and Latino classical musicians.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

**The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

About Howard Hertz

Admitted: 1976, Michigan

Professional Webpage:


  • Arts Advocacy Award, Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing and Communiction Arts, 2018
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • John Hensel Award for significant contributions to the Arts Community, 2004
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1976
  • Michigan, 1976
  • Member and Former Chairperson, State Bar of Michigan, Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports Section

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts Board of Visitors
  • President, Detroit Music Awards Foundation, 1998 - Present
  • Member, Michigan Film Advisory Commission, 2006 - 2008
  • Member, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)
  • Board of Governors Member, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Chicago Chapter, 2004 - 2012
  • Member, Wayne State University College of Fine
  • Member, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
  • Member and Vice Chair, Board of Directors of the Sphinx Organization
  • Member, MusiCares' Program and Services Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors and President, Detroit Music Awards Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Record Contract Negotiations in the '80's, Michigan Bar Journal, November, 1986
  • Lecturer, MOBfest and the Detroit Historical Museum
  • Lecturer, Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • Lecturer, Wayne County's Film Friendly Seminar
  • Lecturer, University of Michigan Law School
  • Lecturer, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Lecturer, Cooley Law School
  • Lecturer, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • Lecturer, Wayne State University Law School
  • Lecturer, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
  • Lecturer, Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Law School and Wayne State University Law School
  • Representing Your Entertainment Law Client, ICLE, 1990
  • Representing Your Entertainment or Sport Client, ICLE, 1991
  • Representing Your Arts, Entertainment or Sport Client: From Contracts to Cash to Copyright, ICLE, 1993
  • Advanced Entertainment Law, ICLE, 2002
  • The Brave New World of Law & Technology: Handling Legal Issues in Communications and Other Cutting Edge Technologies, ICLE, 2006
  • Representing the Celebrity, ICLE, 2008
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2009
  • Hot Topics in Entertainment Law: Gaming & Internet Law, ICLE, 2009
  • Course In Entertainment Law, University of Michigan Law School and Wayne State University, 2008 - Present

Representative Clients:

  • Music Publisher
  • Artist Manager
  • Radio Personalities
  • Actors
  • Authors
  • Screenwriters
  • Filmmakers
  • Music Publishers
  • Songwriters
  • Producers
  • Record Labels
  • Recording Artists

Educational Background:

  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, B.A. in Psychology, Cum Laude

Industry Groups

  • Entertainment
  • Intellectual Property

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Office Location for Howard Hertz

1760 South Telegraph Road
Suite 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

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Last Updated: 5/10/2019

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