Entertainment and Business Lawyer in New York, NY
About Rosalind Lichter
Rosalind "Roz" Lichter is a business lawyer in New York, NY, specializing in entertainment law, executive employment compensation, and corporate transactions. Attorney Lichter's firm is located at the center of New York City's film and creative community, at the Tribeca Film Center. Her entertainment practice involves all aspects of the film, book publishing, television, copyright, licensing, and the internet.
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Motion Picture Attorney
Rosalind Lichter has served as production counsel for films distributed by both major and "mini" distributors. She has also negotiated agreements with the major streaming services.
As a biographic film counselor, she also served as co-producer with the HBO network on the animated short film, "My Depression (The Up and Down and Up of It)." It is based on Elizabeth Swados' book, "My Depression, a Graphic Memoir" starring Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen.
Roz Lichter served as counsel for "Living for 32," about the survivors of The Virginia Tech massacre, produced by Maria Cuomo, and for "Gasland 1 & 2," directed by Josh Fox with HBO, with its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2018, as legal counsel for documentaries, she served as advocate on the film "I Am Evidence," produced by Mariska Hargitay with HBO. Ms. Lichter counseled on the film "Reagan," directed by Eugene Jarecki, and "The House I Live In' (about the failure of the drug wars) also directed by Eugene Jarecki for ITVS and the BBC.
Attorney Lichter worked on "My Architect," with director Nathaniel Kahn. It was nominated for a 2003 Academy Award. She also worked with director Eugene Jarecki again on "Why We Fight." This film took the best documentary award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. She added her services as a lawyer in the film community to "Unsettled," a film directed by Adam Hootnick, (about illegal settlers in Palestine), that received the best documentary award at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival.
These films are among a long list of feature films and award-winning documentaries Ms. Lichter has counseled. She serves as counsel to authors, playwrights, and business professionals, and has transacted many film-related deals not only in New York, but also in Los Angeles, London, and Canada.
Executive Employment Compensation Lawyer
Concerning employment compensation, Ms. Lichter has represented executives in many industries including magazine publishing, securities, the motion picture business, architecture, and other privately and publicly owned companies. This part of her practice includes the negotiation of severance packages, as well as employment agreements for senior level executives.
During Ms. Lichter's many years of legal practice, she has structured mergers and acquisitions for privately held companies, arranged financing for various film, television, and theater productions as well as financing for joint ventures and other businesses unrelated to entertainment. Her many other clients include:
- Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Donald Margulies
- Maria Cuomo, Producer
- Trish Adlesic, Producer of Gasland 1 & 2
- Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue
- Kiel Adrian Scott, Director, and Writer
- Mary Mapes, Author, and Writer
- Mariska Hargitay, Producer, "I Am Evidence"
- Ronnie Eldridge, Former City Council Woman
- Amy Gross, Former Editor in Chief, "O" Magazine
- Justin Vivian Bond, Cabaret and Broadway Artist
- Yomi Abiola, Producer of Feature Film "The Fisherman," based on the novel by Chigozie Obioma
- Danielle Trussoni, Novelist and Screenwriter
- Pivot for Humanity
- The Estate of Jimmy Breslin
- The Estate of Elizabeth Swados
Law Graduate and Professor
In addition to her full-time practice, Ms. Lichter was an adjunct professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in New York City from 1991 through 2005, where she taught Entertainment Law. She is now an adjunct professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she teaches in the undergraduate film division.
In 2005 and 2019 Ms. Lichter was a juror at the Tribeca Film Festival. Ms. Lichter has served on the boards of New York Women in Film, the Creative Coalition, and currently, the Peter S. Reed Foundation.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University, was a fellow of the National Endowment of the Humanities, and received her Juris Doctorate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. Currently, Ms. Lichter is a member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York and completed a three-year term as Chair of the Entertainment Law Committee.
Contact Roz Lichter today for a legal consultation regarding business or entertainment transactions in the New York area.