The Law Firm of Rosalind Lichter

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About Rosalind Lichter

Learn more about The Law Firm of Rosalind Lichter. Rosalind "Roz" Lichter is a business lawyer specializing in entertainment law, executive employment compensation, and corporate transactions. Her entertainment practice involves all aspects of film, book publishing, television, copyright, licensing, and the Internet.

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Ms. Lichter's firm is located at the center of New York City's film and creative community, at the Tribeca Film Center. She has served as production counsel for films distributed by both major and "mini" distributors. She has also negotiated agreements with the major streaming services.

She was production counsel and Producer of the animated short, "My Depression (The Up and Down and Up of It)," an animated short film co-produced with HBO. It is based on Elizabeth Swados' book, "My Depression, a Graphic Memoir"  starring Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen.

Rosalind 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 she was legal counsel on the documentary "I Am Evidence," produced by Mariska Hargitay with HBO. Ms. Lichter worked as counsel to 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.

Ms. Lichter worked on "My Architect," with Nathaniel Kahn, director. It was nominated for a 2003 Academy Award. She also worked with "Why We Fight," again, with director Eugene Jarecki. It took best documentary at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. She added her services 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.

Ms. Lichter has also represented numerous book-to-movie and true-life-to-movie deals, including Robert Zemeckis' "Welcome to Marwen," released by Universal pictures in 2018; Oliver Stone's "JFK', "Truth and Duty" directed by Jamie Vanderbuilt and starring Cate Blanchett, Rober Redford, Topher Grace.

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 and 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

Other Work

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.

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.


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