Attorney Michael J. Plonsker has joined Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan’s entertainment litigation group.
Plonsker, who practiced at Lavely & Singer for 14 years, has made a name for himself representing talent, including actors, writers and directors. Matters he has handled include a right-of-publicity case, in which he represented Harry Thomason, and a trademark infringement case, in which he represented Terri Welles.
“This is a great opportunity for me and for the firm and for my clients,” Plonsker said.
He is the latest of several attorneys to join Alschuler’s growing litigation department, which is headed by Larry Stein.
“I am delighted to be working with (Plonsker) rather than against him and am happy to have him on our team,” Stein said.
Both Alschuler and Lavely & Singer have thriving entertainment litigation practices, and the two firms frequently oppose each other.
Stein has represented Wind Dancer Prods., Alan Alda and, most recently, David Duchovny, in a series of cases challenging vertical integration in the entertainment industry. In these cases (Wind Dancer and Alda have settled), the plaintiffs have claimed that when a studio, such as Disney or Fox, also owns a TV station, it makes below-market licensing deals to the detriment of profit participants.