John Schulman, Warner Bros. Entertainment general counsel and the reigning dean of studio legal eagles, is retiring after a 25-year career at the studio.

Schulman joined the studio in 1984 as VP and general counsel and was assigned to build its inhouse legal department. He was promoted to senior VP in 1989 and moved into his current post as exec veep and general counsel two years later.

Schulman was also involved in legal work for Warner Bros. before joining the studio.

While at his first firm, he handled some of the litigation and negotiations regarding the “Superman” franchise and first “Superman” movies. In 1981, he became a founding partner of the law firm then known as Weissman, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman & Schulman, where he continued to serve as Warner’s primary outside litigation counsel.

Schulman currently serves on the boards for Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple and is a trustee of the Southwestern School of Law.