About Us

WHO WE ARE

 

HARDER MIRELL & ABRAMS LLP is a law firm based in Beverly Hills, California, which focuses on business litigation and strategy, with particular emphasis in entertainment and media litigation, as well as reputation, privacy and intellectual property rights protection. The firm also serves as outside general counsel to clients in the entertainment, licensing and new media industries.

Partner Charles Harder has handled entertainment and business litigation matters throughout the United States, and has been named repeatedly as one of the Top 100 “Power Lawyers” in America (one of only 30 litigators) by The Hollywood Reporter. Partner Douglas Mirell is an entertainment, intellectual property and business litigator, having spent his first 32 years in practice at the international law firm of Loeb & Loeb, where he was a partner. Partner Jeffrey Abrams is an entertainment, intellectual property and business litigator and outside general counsel, having practiced at the international law firm of Katten Muchin & Zavis LLP, as in-house counsel at Universal Music, and as Vice President and General Counsel of Global Icons, a leading licensing agency. Mr. Mirell and Mr. Abrams have been repeatedly listed as “Super Lawyers” by Southern California Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business.

The partners of HARDER MIRELL & ABRAMS LLP literally “write the book” on their core areas of practice. Mr. Harder serves as Editor and Co-Author of ENTERTAINMENT LAW & LITIGATION (LexisNexis 2011-2014 editions) (Matthew Bender), of which Mr. Mirell also is a contributor (among other law experts in California, New York, Canada and the UK). Many legal experts consider the book to be the definitive book written on the subject, and it is used as a law school textbook, including at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Among other matters that our partners have worked on:

  • In 2016, Mr. Harder obtained a $140 million verdict for his client, Hulk Hogan, in a right of privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media, LLC, its founder/CEO Nick Denton, and its former Editor A. J. Daulerio. In 2011, Mr. Harder obtained an $18 million trial verdict, and defeated a $5 million counterclaim, on behalf of Cecchi Gori Pictures against a Hollywood producer who misappropriated valuable film rights. In 2010, Mr. Harder obtained a total defense verdict on behalf of UBISOFT, against an $11 million claim that proceeded simultaneously in arbitration and U.S. District Court.
  • In 2013, Mr. Mirell spearheaded a project to draft and enact new law in California to protect the children of public figures. Backed by numerous major celebrities, led by Halle Berry, SB 606 penalizes harassment of children by aggressive paparazzi. Previously, Mr. Mirell was instrumental in crafting California legislation regarding post-mortem publicity rights.
  • Mr. Abrams is a leading expert on celebrity estates and serves as outside general counsel to Brando Enterprises, L.P. (owner of the rights to the legendary Marlon Brando) and the Julia Child Foundation.

The partners of HARDER MIRELL & ABRAMS LLP have, for years, represented a long list of major celebrities and celebrity estates, working with their various professional representatives, regarding the protection of their privacy, safety, reputations, IP and publicity rights (name and image) against a variety of violators including commercial infringers, defamers, impostors, aggressive paparazzi, drone operators, cyberhackers, frauds, cheats and extortionists.

We also represent corporate and business clients, both large and small, in the protection of their corporate reputations and brands, intellectual property rights, and confidential information and trade secrets.

Please click on these links to learn more about our ATTORNEYS and PRACTICE AREAS, and for a sampling of PRESS STORIES and our RECENT CASES.

 

NEWS ARTICLES ABOUT OUR FIRM

 

New York Times, May 30, 2016:
Gawker Case Calls Attention to a Go-To Hollywood Lawyer

The Hollywood Reporter, March 15, 2013:
Three Entertainment Law Veterans Launch New Hollywood Firm

Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 13, 2013:
New Boutique Represents Actors

The Hollywood Reporter, May 22, 2013:
Charles Harder named as one of the Top 100 “Power Lawyers” in America

 

OUR PHILOSOPHY

 

Central to HARDER MIRELL & ABRAMS LLP’s practice of law is our philosophy. We believe that the client comes first, last and always. We believe in winning. But we believe in conducting ourselves with the highest degree of professionalism and ethics—at every step of the process. We look out for the overall, long-term interests of the client, not just short-term gain. We charge reasonable rates, work efficiently, streamline as much as we can, and provide the highest quality work in the process. We see each matter today as an opportunity to earn our clients’ business tomorrow and their loyalty for a lifetime.