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 commercial 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.
As a litigator, 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 relationships.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Lawrence serves as Chair of the National Bar Association's Pipeline Diversity Initiative, Chair of the Entertainment Law Committee, board member and as a former President of the John M. Langston Bar Association, President of the California Association of Black Lawyers, Vice President and General Counsel of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and a board member of The Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce Education Fund and Foundation.
He formerly served as Litigation Chair of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, as a member of the Executive Committee 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 events throughout the country and enjoys mentoring young lawyers, law students and high school students.
Honors and Awards
Recipient of the National Bar Association Chairman’s Award, Entertainment, Sports and Art Law Section (2014)