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Episode 60: Lawyering for Complex Media featuring Michael Golland

Episode 60: Lawyering for Complex Media featuring Michael Golland

The following should not be construed as legal advice — just good advice. On this week’s episode, Mr. Michael Golland, Senior Counsel at Complex Media,  sat down with Staff Writer, Jeanine Botwe to drop some gems, as part of our continued effort to facilitate exposure to careers within Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law.

After graduating from The George Washington University in 1989 with a degree in Finance, Michael moved to San Diego where he began his career as an analyst for commercial real estate investors and eventually became an investor himself.  In 1994, Michael earned his JD from Whittier Law School in Los Angeles and began his career as a business attorney.  For the first seven years of his career as an attorney, Michael handled transactional and dispute resolution matters for his clients.  In this capacity, Michael would form and advise entities on matters related to the operation of their business such as employment issues, commercial leasing, asset acquisition and sale, intellectual property protection, general business strategy and represent his clients in litigation.  Michael began his career as an entertainment attorney in the music business where he represented artists and composers in both the entertainment and gaming industries.  Eventually, Michael began to represent other players in entertainment, media and licensing such as actors, writers, directors and producers. Michael has acted as production counsel for many feature films (including feature length documentaries) as well as scripted and unscripted television and new media productions.  In 2016, Michael relocated to New York to begin his career as in-house counsel for Complex Networks, a leading digital publisher where he oversees all of the company’s content production and distribution as well as events such as ComplexCon.

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Jeanine Botwe

Ms. Botwe is a second-year law student at Fordham Law intending to practice entertainment, fashion and media law after graduation.