Law Firms Specializing in Independent Film Will Team Up as Affiliates

Legal Impact Report 2013: Inhouse Attorneys

Two law firms specializing in independent filmmaking, Donaldson & Callif and Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers, are teaming up as affiliates.

Gray Krauss, a 12-lawyer firm based in New York that worked on projects such as “Black Swan” and “Precious,” will join with Donaldson & Callif, which has five attorneys in Beverly Hills and has represented projects from such directors as Oliver Stone, Davis Guggenheim and Lawrence Bender.

The two firms already have collaborated on projects such as “The Crash Reel” and “The Short Game,” which was Netflix first original documentary.

Each firm will retain its name but will share services.

The two firms’ clients have 25 films in this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Gray Krauss founding partner Jonathan Gray and Donaldson & Callif’s Michael Donaldson said that they affiliation will give them a presence on both coasts.

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  1. Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif are the BEST!! No one in town knows more about how to make sure all your film’s legal needs are met. Wonderful that they are represented on the east coast!

  2. Ron Flate says:

    This seamless, uncomplicated expansion speaks so well of you all.
    Much good luck to all for now and more.

  3. Scott says:

    Big fan of Donaldson & Callif.

  4. Michelle Rapko says:

    These two firms represent the best in legal representation for independent films. I think it’s great to have the joint partnership to cover both coasts.

  5. Sarah says:

    That’s fantastic news! Donaldson & Callif is already a powerhouse but raising their profile nationally even more is genius!

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