HOLLYWOOD DIVORCES: An Insider's Perspective on Navigating A Divorce



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March 27, 2019
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About the Program

This MCLE, co-sponsored with the BHBA Entertainment Section, focuses on cross over issues family law attorneys should be apprised of when representing clients working in the entrainment industry. An entertainment law attorney veteran will explain issues regarding how various contracts and deals can be structured and negotiated, topics such as intellectual property, royalties and other forms of compensation, and endorsement deals will also be discussed. A family law attorney will explain how these concepts can impact family law proceedings, including issues of support and property division. A forensic accountant will also be on hand to explain how property rights, such as royalties and other types of IP, can be divided in a divorce. Additionally, the panel will explore how entertainment attorneys and family law attorneys can and should work together when they share a common client.

Meet the Speakers
Warren R. Shiell


Law Offices of Warren R. Shiell

Warren R. Shiell is a LA Divorce Lawyer and mediator dedicated exclusively to the practice of divorce and family law in Los Angeles, CA. He is a member of the California and New York Bar. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist and has been endorsed by other family lawyers and family court judges. Graduating from Oxford University with an M.A in Law in 1985, Warren R. Shiell practiced commercial litigation in the City of London before moving to New York. In New York, Warren R. Shiell handled numerous civil and family law trials and won several appeals at the New York Appellate Division. After moving to Los Angeles he practiced family law at several high profile family law firms before founding his own practice – Law Offices of Warren R. Shiell. He has worked on several high profile divorces with celebrity clients. He was also a legal consultant on family law matters for CBS TV shows. He has lectured and published articles on behalf of various local Bar Associations, newspapers and magazines and has volunteered his time for a number of not-for-profit legal organizations. He writes extensively on family law matters on his web site LA-Divorce-Lawyer and his blog LA-Family-Law-Blog. In recognition of his superior legal ability, he has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine for four consecutive years

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Irwin Nachimson


Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, LLP---FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT

Irwin Nachimson has been with Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein LLP for 30 years. He has worked on fraud investigations, damage calculations, family law cases, royalty inspections and litigation support assignments. He has been qualified as an expert witness in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo Superior Courts.

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Joe Mannis


Partner, Hersh Mannis LLP---FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY

Joseph Mannis is a founding partner in the firm of Hersh Mannis LLP. Mr. Mannis’ life and work spans many facets of the artistic and legal community. With over 40 years of career experience, the impact of his presence in Los Angeles’ entertainment and creative circles is quite profound. Mannis has represented dozens of professional athletes, entertainers, motion picture & TV executives, several individuals on the “Forbes 400,” as well as their spouses or coparents. Mr. Mannis has represented hundreds of actors, directors and prominent entertainment executives and has also represented many well-known artists in Los Angeles, while maintaining unyielding discretion with respect to the privacy of every client.

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Robert Darwell


Partner, Sheppard Mullin -ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY

Robert Darwell is the Head of Global Media and a senior partner in the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group in the firm’s Century City office.

2022 has proven to be another banner year for Darwell and his team. After previously representing Hemisphere Media Group in connection with its acquisition of Lionsgate’s 75% interest in the Spanish language SVOD platform Pantaya and distribution company Pantelion, Darwell worked on its subsequent sale to client TelevisaUnivision. He represented Amazon in connection with its acquisition of MGM, Amazon’s second largest acquisition in history. The team worked tirelessly to analyze and diligence the treasured MGM library and studio assets. The transaction closed in March of 2022 and Darwell and his colleagues having been working with their in house counterparts on the integration of the revered library into Amazon Studios. Darwell also represented TelevisaUnivision in connection with its 2022 AVOD and SVOD platform launch of Vix and Vix+. On top of that, Darwell also guided Amazon Studios, Wondery, Nickelodeon, Disney, Peacock and Meta in connection with numerous high-profile movie, television, podcast and metaverse projects.

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