Marking another high-profile move in the normally stable world of entertainment law, name partner Jared Levine is ankling Nelson, Felker & Levine to join Barnes Morris Klein Mark & Yorn.
Levine brings with him a roster of writers, directors, actors and showrunners. They include actors Andy Dick, Eugene Levy, Norm Macdonald and Christa Miller; television creators and showrunners Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”), David Litt (“King of Queens,” “Regular Joe”), James Widdoes (“Reba,” “8 Simple Rules”) and writer-directors Joel Gallen (“Not Another Teen Movie”), Tim Herlihy (“Mr. Deeds”), John Stockwell (“Blue Crush”), Fred Wolf (“Dicky Roberts,” “Joe Dirt”) and Graham Yost (“Boomtown,” “Speed”).
“Jared is a great lawyer and a great guy,” said Barnes Morris managing partner Kevin Morris. “His addition is the latest in a series of strategic moves specifically designed to make us the leading law firm in the entertainment business for the next generation.”
At 19 lawyers, Santa Monica-based Barnes Morris could be described as “not your father’s law firm.” While Hollywood’s heavyweight talent lawyers are in their 50s or older and represent established celebrities, Barnes Morris partners are in their 30s or 40s and for the most part represent tomorrow’s stars. Barnes Morris also views itself as more collaborative than the established boutiques, which often revolve around one or two dominant personalities.
Founded in 1996, Barnes Morris added Deborah Klein in 1999. She brought with her clients Jim Carrey, Samuel L. Jackson and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Doug Mark started the firm’s music practice in 2000 with clients Epitaph Records and Danny Elfman. Michael Fuller followed with clients Hillary Duff, Rachael Leigh Cook, Erika Christensen and Shane West. In December, Stephen Barnes joined the firm, adding clients Snoop Dogg, Chris Rock, Jill Scott, John Singleton and Damon Wayans.
The firm’s lengthy client list also includes “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Mike Judge (“Beavis and Butt-Head”) and Allen Coulter (“The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City”), as well as actors Kim Cattrall, Heather Graham and Mena Suvari.