Attorney Nina Shaw Addresses Diversity and Inclusion at Variety’s Power of Law Breakfast

Loeb & Loeb’s John Frankenheimer Receives the Variety Power of Law Award

Leaders of Hollywood’s legal community who gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel Thursday morning at Variety’s Power of Law Breakfast heard a cautiously optimistic Nina Shaw address the issues of diversity and inclusion that plague the industry.

Speaking in a keynote conversation with Variety’s Ted Johnson, the co-founding partner of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano, who is African American, told the audience that despite all the progress made in recent years – of which she is a leading example – more needs to be done.

Asked by Johnson whether this moment in history, with so many forces in the business behind a renewed diversity push, will finally make a permanent difference for women and people of color, Shaw said, “I’m never convinced there will be change until there is real change.”

Shaw also pointed out that 88% of all lawyers are white. “That means that only 12% are everything else,” she said. “We have to make these issues more of a priority in our profession.”

In the conversation, Shaw recalled her upbringing in a modest family in Harlem, how she and other black kids had to endure verbal abuse when they were bussed to a mostly white school in Queens, and how from an early age she became interested in the legal profession and in entertainment.

After earning a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1979, Shaw moved to Los Angeles and joined law firm O’Melveny & Myers. Her clients included Norman Lear, whom she continues to praise for his progressive views and actions in hiring and promoting women.

In 1989 she and Ernest Del started their own law firm. “People asked Ernest, ‘bring in another guy and we’ll give you business,’ but he stood by me.”

The Power of Law Breakfast also honored John Frankenheimer, chairman emeritus and music industry chair at law firm Loeb & Loeb for his years of charitable work on behalf of the City of Hope medical institution.

Frankenheimer, the award’s second recipient after last year’s honoree Ken Kleinberg of Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo, thanked Variety for putting the spotlight on the legal community’s charitable and pro bono work. “If you truly want to know yourself, be in the service of others,” he said.

Marc Gurvitz of Brillstein Entertainment Partners introduced Frankheimer.

Michael Cahill, EVP and general counsel of City National Bank, welcomed the attendees to the event. City National is the presenter of Power of Law. Universe Holdings is a supporting partner.

(Pictured above: Ted Johnson, Nina Shaw, and Jon Moonves, another partner at Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano)

Popular on Variety

More Biz

  • AI Technology David Beckham

    How AI Tech Is Changing Dubbing, Making Stars Like David Beckham Multilingual

    David Beckham does not speak Arabic, Hindi or Mandarin. But when the soccer legend starred in a PSA for malaria awareness this spring, he effortlessly switched among these and six other languages, thanks to cutting-edge technology that could soon change how Hollywood localizes its movies and TV shows. The PSA in question was produced with technology [...]

  • Eminem’s Publisher Sues Spotify, Claiming Copyright

    Eminem’s Publisher Sues Spotify, Claiming Massive Copyright Infringement

    Eminem’s publishing company Eight Mile Style filed a major copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify late Thursday, claiming that the streaming giant has no license to host about 250 of Eminem’s songs, while also taking aim at the Music Modernization Act, the federal law enacted last year to improve royalty payments for songwriters. The news was [...]

  • iQIYI headquarters building in Beijing

    China’s iQIYI in Talks for Indonesia Expansion

    Chinese streaming firm iQIYI is in negotiations to expand further into Southeast Asia through a venture with Indonesia’s Media Nusantara Citra. iQIYI announced its first step outside Chinese-majority territories in June, when it revealed a linkup in Malaysia with pay-TV leader Astro. It also operates in Taiwan. In April, the company said that it planned [...]

  • Spotify logo is presented on a

    Spotify Triples Free-Trial Period on Premium Service

    Spotify today extended the free-trial period for its Premium service from one month to three, tripling the amount of time listeners can take full advantage of the streaming giant’s offerings without paying for them. According to the announcement, the offer is “always-on/not limited time,” and will roll out across Spotify Premium plans globally: Individual and [...]

  • The Ringer Promotes Sean Fennessey, Mallory

    The Ringer Promotes Sean Fennessey, Mallory Rubin to Top Editorial Roles

    Mallory Rubin and Sean Fennessey have been promoted to top editorial posts at The Ringer, the pop culture and sports website and podcast network. Fennessey has been named chief content officer and Rubin has been named editor in chief. Both editors have been with The Ringer since it launched in 2016. Fennessey previously served as [...]

  • RihannaFenty Beauty By Rihanna Launch, Madrid,

    Rihanna's Diamond Ball Will Honor Activist Shaun King, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley

    Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and civil rights activist Shaun King will receive this year’s Diamond Ball Award at Rihanna’s fifth annual Diamond Ball, which will also feature performances from Pharrell and DJ Khaled. “I can’t imagine a better night than this year’s Clara Lionel Foundation event with Seth Meyers, Pharrell and DJ Khaled,” said [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content