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BESLA’s Board consists of legal professionals who work in and/or have an interest in sports, entertainment, and media.  The regionally diverse Board members are engaged in their local communities and work to develop partnerships between BESLA, industry, and the legal education community.  The Board conducts its work through committees including, but not limited to: Annual Conference, Programs, Scholarships, and Sponsorships/Fundraising.

Lawrence C. Hinkle II, Esq.

Lawrence, who is the Chair of the firm’s Entertainment Litigation Practice Group, represents institutional and individual clients in a wide range of entertainment and litigation proceedings. He counsels these clients on various topics related to business disputes and litigation prevention, as well as non-litigation matters, frequently in the capacity of outside general counsel.

Lawrence has extensive experience in state and federal courts as well as arbitrations and mediations across numerous industries including entertainment, media, technology, finance, real estate, insurance, apparel and manufacturing. He has handled disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, breach of contract, trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, right of privacy, right of publicity, employment, shareholders, partnerships and joint ventures.

In the entertainment industry, Lawrence is experienced in representing a range of clients in the music, film, television and other entertainment-related fields including actors, writers, directors, producers, record companies, recording artists, talent agents and agencies, business and personal managers and management companies, musicians, models, production and distribution companies, investors, entertainment guilds and many other individuals and companies.

As a counselor to his clients, Lawrence advises, strategizes with and negotiates on behalf of clients, including those not involved in litigation. He assists them in responding to pre-litigation claims and resolving disputes, helping them plan to avoid potential litigation, and providing guidance in the structuring of their professional and business relationships.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Lawrence is Chairman and General Counsel of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and has served as President of the John M. Langston Bar Association, President of the California Association of Black Lawyers, Chair of the National Bar Association's Pipeline Diversity Initiative, a board member of The Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce Education Fund and Foundation and officer of the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc.

Lawrence is Chairman and General Counsel of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and has served as President of the John M. Langston Bar Association, President of the California Association of Black Lawyers, Chair of the National Bar Association's Pipeline Diversity Initiative, a board member of The Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce Education Fund and Foundation and officer of the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc.

In addition, he has served as Chair of Litigation for the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Executive Committee member of the State Bar of California’s Litigation Division and as a Board Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Lawrence is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars and law schools throughout the country.

Honors & Awards

  • Named among the Southern California SuperLawyers (2012, 2014-2018)

 

Practice Areas

  • Entertainment

  • Litigation

  • Intellectual Property

  • Media & Defamation

  • Trade Secrets

 

Bar Admissions

  • California

 

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

 

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1995)

  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1992)

 

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

  • National Bar Association

  • John M. Langston Bar Association

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • California Association of Black Lawyers (President, 2014-2015)

  • Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association (President, General Counsel)

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