Hugo L. Black III has joined the entertainment division of Weissmann, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman & Silverman as a partner in the Beverly Hills law firm.Black, grandson and namesake of the late Supreme Court Justice and civil rights advocate, was most recently a partner at Rosenfield, Mayer & Susman, where he worked for the past nine years. Black becomes the 13th partner in Weissmann, Wolff. He brings with him a diverse roster of writers, directors, producers, actors, recording artists and technical talent. In his three years of entertainment litigation experience with an emphasis on entertainment claims, Black has focused on copyright, trademark, licensing, defamation, music and right of privacy/publicity issues. Among his clients is Italian director Carlo Carlei, whose “Flight of the Innocent” will be released by MGM. Black said he is “putting the finishing touches” on a deal for Carlei to direct “Fluke” at MGM. Black’s clients also include writers Robin Russin and Ed Horowitz, who co-scripted Warner Bros.’ “Spirit Warrior,” to star and be directed by Steven Seagal (Russin and Horowitz are no longer a team); Doug Cook and David Weisberg, who co-scripted Interscope’s upcoming “Holy Matrimony”; and Chris Hauty, whose spec script “Don Coyote” was recently optioned by TriStar. His actor clients include Alex Hyde White (“The Fantastic Four”) and Alanna Uvach (co-star on TV’s new “Beakman’s World”). He also represents producers/managers Rix and Jane Ubell (“Queen of Mean”). Black served as a law clerk to Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1976-78, he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives. He joined Rosenfield, Meyer & Susman in 1984. Black said he was “really psyched” about his new position. “Weissmann, Wolff has a great practice and I think it’s the perfect spot for a young lawyer to be. … There’s a lot of synergy between their clients and my clients and a lot of potential for packaging.” Commenting on the addition to Black, Weissmann said, “We’re very happy to have Hugo aboard. He has an illustrious ancestry and we think he will fit very well within the personality of the firm. He’s a very good and thorough lawyer who is well respected and liked in the industry.”
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