Philadelphia Law Firms Look for a Bigger Role in L.A.’s Entertainment Industry

May 9, 2011 – In The News
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia law firms are heading to the West Coast to expand their entertainment practices and reel in revenue.

Nine of Philadelphia's largest firms have offices in L.A., including Fox Rothschild, whose clients include actress Angela Bassett and rap star/actor Ludacris.

Darrell Miller, a former voice student who represents Ludacris and Bassett, sees himself more as an adviser to celebrity clients than a lawyer who handles nitty-gritty legal work. He prefers helping clients structure deals or providing other strategic business advice. If they need help in a marital dispute, hard-nosed defense in litigation with a former partner or representation on a drunken-driving charge, he tends to refer that work to other lawyers in the firm.

"My strategy is to become the consigliere for entertainers who often are high-net-worth individuals, who can generate millions...just like any business," he said. "My goal is to be their general counsel, through which all their legal affairs flow."

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