Bar Admissions

  • California


  • J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1987
    Order of the Coif
  • B.B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1982


  • Advisory Board Member, Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law at the UCLA School of Law

    Member, YPO Angeleno Gold

    Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation

    Board of Directors, Alliance for Children's Rights
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Alan J. Epstein


Alan Epstein serves in leadership roles as Chair of Venable's Entertainment and Media Group, and as Chair of the firm's West Coast Business Transactions Group which includes corporate, tax and wealth planning, real estate and bankruptcy. He counsels public and private companies on various corporate transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, financing transactions, licensing matters, human resource issues and joint ventures. Alan's clients include leading production companies, technology companies, digital media businesses, investment funds, branded merchandising and licensing businesses and internet companies, as well as high-level executives in public and private companies in many different industries. He also represents many celebrities, professional athletes, public personalities and influencers in connection with their business activities, including endorsement and sponsorship deals, sweat equity partnerships, investment funds and portfolio investments and the development and launch of consumer-facing businesses.

Alan also provides tax and wealth planning services to high net worth individuals, including many prominent entertainers and professional athletes. He has significant experience in domestic and international tax planning and compliance matters, including advising clients on both "inbound" planning and "outbound" transactions and activities all over the world. His clients have come to rely not only on his legal counsel, but his strategic business advice as well.

Representative Matters

  • Represented 3 Arts Entertainment in the sale of a controlling interest to Lionsgate Entertainment. Deal concluded in May 2018.
  • Represented a major Hollywood film and television production company in the launch of its video game division. Deal was backed by leading global Internet giant.
  • Represented former MGM Studios CEO Gary Barber in connection with various employment agreement matters and the sale of his remaining equity stake for $260 million.


Alan was appointed by the Canadian Minister of Finance to serve on the Canadian Film Industry Advisory Committee from 1999-2003 and in the process negotiated various rules and regulations on behalf of the entertainment industry. He has previously held Committee positions in the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Alan is a frequent speaker on matters pertaining to the entertainment and media industries, and is on the Advisory Board for the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law at the UCLA School of Law. He has also served as a classroom mentor to inner-city students through NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). Alan is an avid cyclist and aspiring golfer.