Throwback Thursday: Sanford Interviewed by Lawdragon in 2012

Sanford Michelman
Sanford Michelman

In 2012, Lawdragon interviewed Sanford as part of it’s Lawyer Limelight series, which “features discussions with top practitioners, including corporate counsel, law firm stars, leaders in academia, public interest lawyers and more.” Below are a few questions and answers from the piece:

Lawdragon: What were some of the biggest challenges of the early days?

Sanford Michelman: Finding the extra few hours a day. We have been fortunate in that we were able to have very talented lawyers join us early on and support from our clients. We never really faced any significant challenges, other than maintaining the quality of our work.

LD: What advice would you give lawyers interested in doing the same?

SM: Make sure it is something you really want to do. It is a tug of war between being a practicing lawyer and operating a business. It requires tremendous hours, patience, and a long view towards where you want the firm to go. Finally, I would say that with every hire, make sure it is a cultural fit – don’t chase business originators in any way that may sacrifice your culture. Define your culture and make that you do not deviate from it.

Read the entire interview at Lawdragon.

M&R Prevails On Behalf of Entertainment Companies in Closely Watched First Amendment Case

First Amendment
First Amendment

M&R attorneys Sanford MichelmanMona Hanna, Jesse Contreras and Kristen Peters won an important Ninth Circuit decision on behalf of client Rightscorp (who represents Warner Bros. and BMG Music). Rightscorp pursues copyright infringers on behalf of entertainment clients and attempts to settle with them for small fines. Plaintiffs had claimed that Rightscorp was abusing the legal process by using subpoenas to identify film and TV pirates. Some pirated movies at issue include Shawshank Redemption, Gravity and The Lord of the Rings. However, M&R argued that Rightscorp had a First Amendment right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” While some media outlets were hostile to this argument, the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of Rightscorp.

Read more about the win at The Hollywood Reporter.