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Firm taps Miramax vet

Friedman to advise Weinsteins

Ex-Miramax general counsel and exec veep Alan Friedman has joined law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman as a partner in its entertainment and media litigation practice.

He will be based in Gotham.

“I was in private practice for 20 years before joining Miramax, and I’ve gotten the bug to get back in the courtroom again,” Friedman said. He will work with the Weinsteins in an advisory role as an attorney at KMR.

“Alan has been an important executive and adviser to me as general counsel and has accomplished great results for the company,” said Harvey Weinstein, whose new venture the Weinstein Co. launches officially this week. “His extraordinary legal and business skills made him a tremendous resource, and I look forward to continuing our relationship with him at his new firm.”

Friedman exits Miramax after six years with the Walt Disney Co.-owned specialty film division, where he dealt with litigation issues, including defending copyright infringement cases for Miramax. He also advised Miramax on numerous trademark, privacy and contractual matters .

At Miramax, Friedman also oversaw various corporate transactions, as well as legal disputes with guilds, and was responsible for legal matters concerning operations and personnel. He additionally oversaw Miramax’s efforts in policing and preventing piracy, working closely with law enforcement and the MPAA.

Exec previously was a partner at boutique firm Gold, Farrell & Marks, which repped clients including Apple, Billy Joel, Miramax, Polygram, Credit Suisse First Boston and CIBC Oppenheimer.

KMR employs 600 attorneys in 50 practice areas. Gail Migdal Title is the chair of the firm’s Entertainment and Media Litigation unit, and Joshua Rubenstein is managing partner of the firm’s Gotham office.

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