Leisure Lawyer Christopher Chatham Joins Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Christopher Chatham has made the leap from boutique agency to authorized powerhouse.

The legal professional, who represents tv persona Phil McGraw and his present “Dr. Phil” alongside a wide range of different TV properties, has moved from his Los Angeles-based Chatham Legislation Group to associate on the Leisure Group within the L.A. workplace of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, a agency that features 450 professionals in a number of U.S. areas.

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Chatham is accompanied within the transfer by Chatham Legislation affiliate Sandra Bignone.

At Manatt, Chatham will proceed to function authorized counsel to outstanding leisure business figures and construction offers with main networks, studios and streamers. He has developed a popularity as a high Hollywood dealmakers for client manufacturers backed by superstar influencers and has additionally labored with shoppers on partnership agreements, joint ventures, expertise holding offers, licensing pacts – in addition to advising them on personnel issues.

“Chris has a stellar popularity as one in all leisure’s most sought-after advisors, and his expertise aligns with the kind of pioneering work we often help on behalf of our shoppers,” mentioned Donna L. Wilson, Manatt’s CEO and managing associate. “Chris’ arrival will amplify our already strong choices as we proceed to counsel shoppers by the total spectrum of authorized and enterprise issues fueling the expansion of the leisure business, in addition to different cutting-edge sectors by which Manatt focuses.”

Added associate and chief of Manatt Leisure Jordan Bromley, “Chris might be an instrumental a part of our work as we assist our shoppers search for alternatives to reinforce engagement and increase their companies.”

A lot of Chatham’s shoppers are anticipated to comply with him to Manatt. The destiny of Chatham Legislation Group was unclear.

Bignone has labored intently with Chatham on a variety of enterprise issues and has structured agreements for TV and movie tasks with distributors. She additionally reps influencers in a wide range of enterprise offers and partnerships – whereas additionally managing shoppers’ day-to-day wants.

“Manatt’s staff of visionaries and artistic thinkers work with the most important names in leisure, and their philosophy of bringing a enterprise lens to their work actually resonated with me,” Chatham mentioned. “I’m excited to hitch such a formidable group of pros with the shared targets of expertise advocacy, innovation and business transformation.”

Manatt has been strategically increasing its roster. Chatham and Bignone are the most recent additions on the West Coast, becoming a member of Expertise and Mental Property Litigation associate Timothy Lohse in Palo Alto, Digital and Expertise Transactions associate Michel C. Narganes in San Francisco – in addition to L.A.-based leisure litigation counsel Sarah E. Moses and trial legal professional Naeun Rim.

Chatham has been acknowledged in Selection’s Authorized Impression Report and Dealmakers Impression Report. Bignone has been featured in Selection’s Authorized Impression Report as a rising star within the Up Subsequent class.

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