Paul Menes is a well-known and respected media, entertainment and IP business lawyer. He was a founding partner of Menes Law Corporation and its Managing Partner for most of that firm’s 22 year existence. He has subsequently been a name or shareholder partner in other firms.
His practice focuses on advising entertainment and digital media clients in North America, Japan and Europe in entertainment business, technologies and related issues involving the music, mobile, wireless, online and video industries, as well as counseling North American television, radio, trademark and copyright clients. In addition to representing clients on requested matters, Mr. Menes was a pioneer in the practice of advising and counseling clients as early as possible in their overall projects and business endeavors, to assist them in reaching their desired goals in a cost-effective fashion, while identifying and avoiding issues that could make accomplishing those goals less likely and more expensive. Mr. Menes’ practical experience on the creative side of the entertainment industries gives him a unique, “global” perspective on what it takes to bring an entertainment project to successful fruition and provide focused legal advice accordingly. For example, Mr. Menes served as co-producer on several long form live concert programs and assisted in the implementation of multi-million dollar, multimedia music-based projects, including an awards/concert series/television program/recording project in Japan and an annual U.S. network-televised entertainment awards program.
Mr. Menes has over 30 years’ experience representing a variety of clients, including new and established artists and performers, entrepreneurs, startup entertainment, internet and software companies, multi-platinum recording artists, composers and producers, multi-national companies, actors, authors, television and other content producers, post-production facilities, music libraries, audio/visual equipment providers and licensing clients. Mr. Menes has represented many clients in the digital space since the late 1990’s, including the public company that then claimed to be the number one mobile content distributor in the world.
In addition to his expertise in entertainment and digital law, Mr. Menes has practiced trademark/branding and copyright law for more than 20 years, representing both entertainment and non-entertainment clients in the formulation, registration, protection, management and licensing of intellectual property in digital and physical media.
Affiliations, Activities and Accomplishments
Mr. Menes is a member of the California State Bar (Intellectual Property Division), National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, California Copyright Conference, California Lawyers for the Arts, National Association of Record Industry Professionals, ProVisors, Digital LA and various other local and national bar and trade associations.
Mr. Menes is AV (preeminent) rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been profiled in the last several editions of Who’s Who in American Law and has spoken at, been interviewed by or written for Entertainment Law and Finance, Associated Press, Bandwidth Conference, Digital Music News, L.A. Daily Journal, L.A. Lawyer, South by Southwest, Musexpo, California Copyright Conference, Digital L.A., North American Contingency Association, California Lawyers for the Arts, the UCLA, USC and Loyola Law School Music Business Seminars, Los Angeles Women in Music, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and UCLA Extension, among others.
J.D. (1980) Southwestern University School of Law
B.A. (1976) University of California at Los Angeles