Michael Gendler
Julie Ann Fineman
United States

Gendler & Kelly



Gendler has a boutique practice, but his client list could inspire envy in the biggest of firms, packed as it is with high-profile actors (Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, John C. Reilly, Julianna Margulies); writers, directors and producers (David E. Kelley, Rob Marshall, Ed Solomon, Shawn Ryan, Kurt Sutter); and authors (Jenny Han, Daniel Silva). In recent months, he’s been particularly busy with writer-producer clients, closing a five-year extension for Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix deal, a four-year extension for Alex Kurtzman’s CBS Studios deal and setting up a new four-year Netflix pact for Courtney Kemp (“Power”). He set Chris Pine to star in Paramount’s “Dungeons & Dragons” and Miles Millar and Al Gough to create and showrun Netflix’s “Wednesday Addams” series, directed by Tim Burton.


  • Irell & Manella LLP


  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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Sarah Cunningham Promoted to Partner at Gendler & Kelly Law Firm

Sarah Cunningham Promoted to Partner at Gendler & Kelly Law Firm

Sarah Cunningham has been promoted to partner at entertainment law firm Gendler & Kelly.Cunningham has been with the firm since 2018, working with such top writer-producer clients as Shonda Rhimes, David E. Kelley, Alex Kurtzman and Courtney Kemp, as well as actors including Steve Martin, Chris Pine and John C. Reilly.Cunningham's reputation as a lawyer was strong before she joined the firm but partner Michael Gendler said she has exceeded all expectations."We knew prior to hiring Sarah that she was...


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