Hollywood Law Impact Report
Firm: Dreier Stein & Kahan
The practice: In his 30-plus years as a talent-side entertainment litigator, Stein has seen — and participated in — all of the cutting-edge issues.
“As the industry changed, I’ve changed,” Stein says.
He made his name representing talent in the renegotiation of television contracts to reflect the riches that poured in with syndication. From there, he moved into handling profit-participation claims on films.
In the late ’90s his name became synonymous with self-dealing cases brought on behalf of clients David Duchovny and Alan Alda, claiming that vertically integrated media companies were cheating talent when they sold projects to themselves.
In January, Stein moved to a new firm, and while individual talent still makes up the bulk of his practice, he’s expanded his acumen to include Lionsgate, Marvel and the World Poker Tour.
As for talent, he continues to represent longtime clients the Olsen twins, Hilary Duff, Denise Richards and others on an array of matters ranging from defamation to business planning.
POV: “The business has become much more complicated, and it isn’t enough to be a litigation boutique anymore,” Stein says. “Even our individual clients, like the Olsens, have become more institutional with trademark and other issues.”