Stewart Brookman of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1984
Colgate University, B.A., cum laude, 1981


Stewart Brookman's practice encompasses all aspects of the feature film and television businesses, including the representation of actors, directors, writers, producers and strategic financiers. Outside of the office, Stewart enjoys spending time with his family, working with various charitable organizations and playing competitive tennis.

Nicholas Dashman- HJTH L.L.P.

Stanford Law School, J.D., 2010
Duke University, B.A. in History, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa, 2007

Nicholas Dashman's practice focuses on the representation of actors, writers, directors, producers and production companies, with an emphasis in scripted and unscripted television industries.

Gretchen Bruggeman Rush of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

U.C.L.A. Law School and U.C.L.A. Anderson School of Management, J.D./M.B.A., 1997
Dartmouth College, A.B., 1992

Gretchen Bruggeman Rush has been with the firm for the majority of her legal career, and during that time has enjoyed building a practice that is focused on representing individual writers, directors and actors in the film and television industry. Gretchen is a wife, mother and movie-lover who grew up in California and has lived in New York and Washington D.C.



Tom Hansen of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

University of Southern California Law School, J.D. 1978, Order of the Coif, Editor, Southern California Law Review
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. Film Studies, 1975

In 1987 Tom Hansen, along with Craig Jacobson and Walter Teller, formed the law firm now known as HJTHNWRR&K. Tom’s practice focuses on all aspects of audio-visual content, including the representation of theatrical motion picture and television directors, producers, actors and writers as well as significant corporate clients. Tom lives in Los Angeles with his wife, talent manager Judy Hofflund and their two daughters.



Duncan Hedges of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

University of Southern California Law School, J.D. 2011, Senior Submissions Editor, Southern California Law Review
University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, magna cum laude, Business and Cinema-Television, B.S. 2007

Duncan Hedges specializes in the representation of actors, directors, writers and producers in the motion picture and television industries. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Hayley.

Jason Hendler of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1996
Brown University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1990

Jason Hendler's practice focuses on the representation of film and television actors, writers, showrunners and directors. He grew up in Philadelphia, has worked in Washington, DC and Berlin, Germany and currently lives in Santa Monica, California with his husband, Chad Billmyer, and their son Colin.

Tom Hoberman of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Georgetown University Law Center (attended), 1976-1977
Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1975
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 1972

Tom Hoberman's practice is primarily transactional entertainment law, focused on the representation of actors, writers, writer/producers and directors primarily in the motion picture and television media along with both domestic and international production companies in the reality and scripted area. Tom does substantial work also in the intellectual property, name, likeness and branding area and represents executives in all media.



Craig Jacobson of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

George Washington University, J.D., 1979
Brown University, B.A., phi beta kappa,1974

Craig Jacobson was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

After graduating, Mr. Jacobson moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked for five years. During his time in Washington he worked as a speechwriter for the head of AFl-CIO Building and Trades Department and as a legal intern to the General Counsel of the AFl-CIO. Mr. Jacobson received his Juris Doctor with Honors from George Washington University Law School.

Mr. Jacobson began his career in Los Angeles at Shagin & Myman. He then moved to Slaff, Mosk & Rudman and ultimately joined Pollock, Bloom and Dekom, where he became a partner. In 1987 Mr. Jacobson founded the law firm which bears his name with Tom Hansen and Walter Teller. The firm's partnership has expanded and is now named Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller L.L.P.

Mr. Jacobson's law practice encompasses many aspects of the media business, including motion pictures, television and digital media. This practice involves the representation of individual talent that includes newscasters, directors and producers as well as numerous production and other corporate entities. Mr. Jacobson acts as an advisor to media executives and has helped structure the sale of a variety of media based companies.

Mr. Jacobson is one of the founders and currently participates in operating New Form Digital, a venture with Discovery Media which produces scripted short form content for the Web. Mr. Jacobson has also recently started Whisper Advisors, a boutique investment banking/advisory company.

Mr. Jacobson is on the Board of Directors of Tribune Entertainment, Expedia, and Charter Communications. He sits on the Audit and Compensation Committees of Expedia and Tribune and chairs the Tribune Compensation Committee.

He has previously served on the board of Ticketmaster, prior to its merger with Live Nation, and the private companies, Eventful and Aver Media.

Mr. Jacobson also served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California's Fine Arts School. With his wife, Lynn, the Jacobsons have endowed a scholarship at Brown and are supporters of the Los Angeles chapters of KIPP and Teach for America; Lynn serves on the Boards of both organizations.

Mr. Jacobson is the father of boy/girl twins and a daughter. Mr. Jacobson is an avid collector of contemporary art and, with Lynn, lives in Santa Monica, CA.

John Meigs of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1995
Stanford University, B.A. Political Science, 1991

John Meigs enjoys interacting on a daily basis with the firm's clients including writers, actors, directors and producers both in the film and television industries, as well as with the executives of our institutional clients in the sports and interactive industries. The greatest joy of John's life, however, is provided by his wife, Andrea, and their daughter, Ava.



Jeanne Newman of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

University of Southern California Law Center, J.D., 1980, Southern California Law Review
Connecticut College, B.A., 1977

Jeanne Newman has concentrated her practice in all areas of the television business with a heavy emphasis on network primetime writers of drama and comedy series, although she has developed a substantial practice in the non-scripted television business partially as a result of her representation of international television production companies.

Ken Richman of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993
Harvard College, A.B. Social Studies, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa, 1990

Ken Richman is the managing partner of the firm, and his practice focuses on film and television writers, actors, directors and showrunners. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two children.



Don Steele of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D., With High Honors, 1986
University of Texas at Austin College of Communications, Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film, With High Honors, 1982

Don Steele specializes in the representation of actors, directors, writers, producers, executives, financiers and distributors in the motion picture, television and digital media industries. Prior to practicing law, Don worked in motion picture production in Los Angeles.



Walter Teller of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1978
Columbia University, M.A. English and Comparative Literature, 1968
Cornell University, A.B. History, with honors, 1966

Walter Teller's practice is concentrated on the representation of actors, directors, screenwriters and producers in motion pictures and television. He lives in the Hollywood Hills with his wife, Claudia Weill, and has two sons.



Barry Littman of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1996, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Georgetown Law Journal
Harvard College, A.B. in Psychology, 1991, Cum Laude, Varsity Football, Pi Eta Speakers Club

After spending the first 12 years of his legal career as a business affairs executive (including as Co-Head of Business & Legal Affairs at The Weinstein Company and, prior to that, at Miramax Films), and as an independent finance, business and legal consultant to film financiers, Barry finally saw the light and decided to use his business and legal powers for good. He joined the firm in 2009, was named a partner in 2011, and specializes in representing actors, directors, writers and producers in film, television, digital media, endorsements and anything else they get themselves into. He's an avid football fan, snowboarder, musician and dog lover.

Steve Warren of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1985
Dartmouth College, B.A., 1982

Steve Warren's practice encompasses the representation of emerging as well as established talent in both the motion picture and television industries.



Dan Fox of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1991
Book Review Editor, California Law Review
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Economics-Business, cum laude, 1988

With a background in corporate finance and executive positions at a studio and broadcast network, Bruce Gellman represents writers, actors, directors, producers and showrunners in the television, film and new media industries. Bruce is a triathlete, having raced sprint to half-Ironman distances. He is married to Lisa and has three children: Jenni, Brad and Lily. They and his clients are the reason he does this.



Dan Fox of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

UCLA School of Law, J.D. Entertainment and Media Law and Policy, 2007, Editor, UCLA Law Review
Harvard University, A.B. History, cum laude, 2004

Dan Fox joined the firm in 2007 and became a partner in 2012. He represents actors, writers, directors and producers in film and television.

Dan Fox in Hollywood Reporter's NextGen 2014

Adam Kaller of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Whittier Law School, J.D., 1991
University of Southern California, B.S., 1988, business and finance.

Adam Kaller specializes in the representation of actors, directors, writers and producers in the motion and television industries. Adam lives in Pacific Palisades, California with his wife, Dana, and their four children Max, Audrey, Ella and Cole.



Katherine McClure of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

University of Southern California Law School, J.D. 2008, Order of the Coif, Content Editor, Southern California Law Review
New York University, Stern School of Business, magna cum laude, Finance and Marketing, B.S. 2004

Katherine McClure primarily represents actors, writers, directors, and producers in the motion picture, scripted and unscripted television and digital media industries.



Huy Nguyen

Loyola Marymount University, J.D. / M.B.A., 2009
Yale University, B.A., 2002

Huy Nguyen represents young and established talent in film, television, and commercial endorsements. Huy lives in Beachwood Canyon where you can find him jogging alongside Lake Hollywood on Saturday mornings.



Robby Koch

Loyola Law School, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2005
Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, "4th and Goal" Article Published, 2004
Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, B.S., 2001

Robby Koch joined the firm in 2015 as a partner. He continues to build a practice that focuses on rising and established talent and creators in the film, television and digital business.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Robby is a movie-lover, avid sports fan and proud husband and father (two sons and a dog). He is looking forward to the day the firm moves into a dog-friendly building.



Bryan Swatt of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Loyola Marymount University, J.D. / M.B.A., 2009, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
University of California, San Diego, B.A., 2005

Bryan Swatt represents writers, actors, producers and directors in film, television and new media. Prior to joining the firm, Bryan was an executive at Twentieth Century Fox, giving him a unique perspective on talent representation. He is a Los Angeles native and former collegiate tennis player.

Lauren Partopilo of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 2012, Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 2008

Lauren represents actors, writers, directors and producers with a specific focus on digital talent and emerging new media platforms. A L.A. native, Lauren likes to spend her free time at the beach or the boxing gym.

Ryan Pastorek

Loyola University New Orleans, J.D./M.B.A., 2007, B.A., 2002

Ryan represents actors, writers, directors and producers, with a special emphasis on talent in the digital media business.

He is also an avid nature photographer.



Matthew Levy

Stanford Law School, J.D., 2010
Duke University, B.A. in History and Political Science, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa, 2007

Matt represents emerging and established talent and production companies in the film, scripted and unscripted television, and digital media industries.

Matt grew up in Westchester, New York. At Duke, Matt hosted a weekly sports radio show and designed and taught a class exploring the politics of the Fox television series "24." During law school, Matt served as president of the Stanford Entertainment & Sports Law Association.

Matt began his career as an entertainment litigator and transactional music attorney before joining the firm.

Outside the office, Matt enjoys consuming all things pop culture and spending time with his wife, Mariya, and their dog, Lox. In 2015, the couple welcomed their first child, Julian.



Mariya Levy

Stanford Law School, J.D., 2010
Cornell University, B.S., 2007

Mariya Levy is an associate at the firm representing a wide range of entertainment clients, including writers, actors, directors, hosts and production companies. She has worked with clients in all stages of their careers and enjoys helping them pursue their artistic endeavors. Mariya was born in Russia, grew up in the Bay Area and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and colleague, Matt Levy, her dog, Lox and her young son, Julian



Mahdi Selehi of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

UCLA School of Law, J.D., 2009
Brown University, B.A., Theatre, 2004

Mahdi Salehi represents actors, writers, directors, and producers in the motion picture, scripted and unscripted television and digital media industries.



Melissa Manfro of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
New York University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2002

Melissa Manfro Fox joined the firm in 2010 and became a partner in 2012. She represents actors, writers, directors and producers in film, television and new media.

Melissa Manfro Fox featured in "Next Gen 2013: Hollywood's New Class - Hollywood Reporter



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Tom Hansen
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Adam Kaller
Robby Koch
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John Meigs
Jeanne Newman
Huy Nguyen
Lauren Partipilo
Ryan Pastorek
Ken Richman
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