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Ortner joins Proskauer powerhouse

Attorney boosts firm's music, intellectual property practices

Beefing up its Gotham presence, legal powerhouse Proskauer Rose has added veteran music industry litigator Charles Ortner to its ranks.

Ortner joins the bicoastal law firm along with other colleagues from competitor Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker in a move that significantly boosts Proskauer’s music-industry and intellectual-property practices.

The addition of six new partners strengthens Proskauer’s core practice groups — copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, defamation, unfair competition, employment litigation and labor law — while adding lawyers to both its New York and Los Angeles offices.

The list includes Sandra Crawshaw, a vet music biz barrister; William Hart, a leader in copyright and Internet intellectual property matters; Brendan O’Rourke, a trademark, false advertising and unfair competition expert; and Lawrence Weinstein, a trade secret, unfair competition and music industry matters vet.

The legal eagles bring with them a broad array of music industry clients, including Madonna, Lauryn Hill, Shania Twain and such leading record labels and music publishers as BMG Entertainment, Universal, EMI, Interscope and Zomba Entertainment.

“We joined the Proskauer firm in order to work from a broader platform for our music industry practice,” said Ortner. “Proskauer’s bicoastal representation of clients in the fields of sports, entertainment, network television and the Internet is a natural complement to our practice.”

At Paul, Hastings, Ortner served as co-chair of the firm’s entertainment litigation practice and chair of the litigation practice at its Gotham office.