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Friday, October 2, 2009


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TroyGould Attorney Handel to Teach at UCLA Law School


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles business law firm TroyGould announced yesterday that Jonathan Handel, of counsel to the firm, has become an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Law.

Handel is scheduled to teach a semester-long class on entertainment unions and guilds starting in January while continuing to represent TroyGould clients, the firm said.

The course will focus on issues that can arise under the industry-wide collective bargaining agreements with the various Hollywood guilds and the 2007-2009 Hollywood labor turmoil, according to a course description on the UCLA website.

A former associate counsel with the Writers Guild of America, Handel said that “[u]nderstanding the role of Hollywood guilds and unions is critical to comprehending the state and direction of the entertainment industry as a whole.”

He added:

“This is particularly true as a result of new media platforms such as the Internet and mobile devices, which promise to complicate Hollywood labor relations for years to come.”

Handel is a media commentator on entertainment, new media and Hollywood union issues and maintains a labor and new media law blog entitled “Digital Media Law.”

He has also published two books, “How To Write LOI’s And Term Sheets: An Executive’s Guide To Drafting Clear Legal Documents Before Bringing In The Lawyers” and “Hollywood on Strike!,” the latter of which is due to be released this winter, the firm said.

Handel attended college and law school at Harvard University. He clerked on the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1990.


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