Law Office of Paul A. Spiegel

Firm Overview

I have been in private practice since 1989, helping businesses, individuals, artists, and entertainment professionals with their legal needs.

While I trained as an actor when I was young, I was determined to go into Business Law and later also found myself representing arts clients of all kinds. While I specialize in unusual clientele in the arts and entertainment industry, including film, theater, and performer's issues, I also represent existing and emerging businesses on all matters and issues, including startups, contracts, business management, negotiations and general concerns.

I also have extensive experience with intellectual property issues, including property rights, trademarks, and artist's rights. I speak several languages, and I am experienced in international business transactions as well.

Example cases

Established and advised start-up company manufacturing and importing goods from China to the U.S.; advised on international film production and finance; theatrical adaptation of Ernest Hemingway novel; advised on sale of low-power television station to national Hispanic broadcasting network; business and operational issues for nationwide clothing manufacturing company; advised on creation and operation of Northern California Renaissance Fair, including private offering of shares.

Main Office
146 Stanyan Street
San Francisco  CA  94118
  • (415) 668-7900
  • (415) 668-7901


Free Initial Consultation?
Generally yes, if for informational purposes only. Substantiative work performed will be charged at the hourly rate.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Generally, no. It depends on the circumstances.
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and additional hours by appointment
Office Manager
Andrea DiTullio
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Fluent French, functional Spanish, basic Italian and residual Japanese

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I chose to pursue a practice in business law because I enjoy helping people build their future and address the problems associated with growth. I also pursued a business law career to allow me time to assist artists and entertainers with their own legal problems with less concern for their ability to pay me top dollar for my services.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Clients should make every effort to educate themselves on the issues surrounding their case. Clients who can assist in their own case may be able to reduce their legal fees.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes. However, in my experience, such documents are often not sufficient for the client's needs.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am willing to coach clients in business negotiations if it appears the client is able to represent himself in this matter. However, many legal issues do not lend themselves to self-representation.

Paul A. Spiegel

1990-92: HITACHI AMERICA LTD., Brisbane, California
Associate corporate counsel - drafted and negotiated technology licensing and development agreements, joint ventures, product sales agreements, joint venture agreements, leases, provided consultations on corporate strategy

International commercial representation of Japanese clientele, corporate, intellectual property, licensing, computer and technology issues, international joint ventures, immigration.

1985-86: COUDERT BROTHERS, San Francisco, California
U.S. commercial representation of international clientele, corporate, acquisitions, intellectual property, licensing, real property, hotel management, labor law.

1984: LILLICK & CHARLES, San Francisco, California
Insurance defense litigation, preparation of pleadings and memoranda, interview and deposition of witnesses, general research, attention to French automotive and aerospace clients.

1982: SHEARMAN & STERLING, New York, New York
Summer Associate, Real Estate and Corporate groups.

Legislative Assistant, Government Activities & Transportation Subcommittee.

In college, I lived in the International Resident Home, where I spoke several languages, I traveled extensively, and lived and worked abroad. This has given me a broad cultural understanding. I also trained as an actor in my youth and these theater skills that I acquired allow me to think quickly on my feet and respond rapidly in a situation.

In addition, I spent a year at Harvard Law School as an exchange student from Berkeley and made the Dean's List. This taught me not to be intimidated by people with seemingly greater credentials, because when you're good you're good; that's all there is to it.

I am able to help an unusual clientele integrate remarkable ideas into an often regimented and stratified business world. I help the unusual to achieve the extraordinary in a world that is not always meant for these things.

My style is unique, eclectic, and out of the ordinary. Like in the old Macintosh ads, I am the lawyer for the rest of us.

Personal interests:

I am general counsel for Play Faire Productions, Inc., the production company which formed the country's first and only participant-owned and operated Renaissance Fair, and I perform at the Northern California Renaissance Fair<

  • Bar Number: 112062
    California , 1983
  • U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
    J.D. , 1983
    Berkeley, CA
    Associate Editor of the California Law Review, Exchange Student in the International Legal Studies, Harvard Law School 1983.
  • University of California at Berkeley
    Bachelor of Arts , 1979
    Berkeley, CA
    European and Asian History

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