A Manhattan-based law practice focused on providing transactional and advisory legal services in the entertainment and media fields.
John J. Tormey III, PLLC is a New York City and Manhattan-based law practice focused on providing transactional and advisory legal services in the entertainment and media fields, rooted in a firm litigation background. Principal areas of entertainment and media include music, film, television, publishing, theatre, dance, modeling, photography, and the arts generally.
1636 Third Avenue, PMB 188
New York NY 10128
A New York City-based law practice focused on providing transactional and advisory legal services in the entertainment and media fields, rooted in a firm litigation background. Specific emphasis on all aspects of Intellectual Property.
Specific services include contract drafting, editing, negotiation and closure, production counsel, distribution agreements, acquisition agreements, license agreements, copyright and trademark searches and registrations, Internet and web-based matters, demo-shopping, demo-submission and music placement endeavors, screenplay, teleplay and script placement endeavors, rights and clearance work, and merchandising. Clients represented include actors, authors, screenwriters, teleplay writers, other writers, composers, singers, instrumentalists, other musicians, directors, producers, animators, models, photographers, dancers, other artists and performers, and other attorneys and professionals.
John J. Tormey III, Esq. is a veteran entertainment law attorney with 30 years of experience, now entering his fourth decade of the practice of law. With degrees from Harvard and UCLA, John is admitted to practice in New York, California, and the District of Columbia. John's past positions include tours of duty as a litigator at Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn, as Counsel to The Walt Disney Company in Disney's Corporate Legal Department, and as Senior Counsel and Senior Litigation Counsel to Disney-owned Miramax Films thereafter during the height of the independent film movement in the TriBeCa neighborhood of lower Manhattan.
John was born in Nurnberg, Germany, August 18, 1962 into a family of entertainers. John's father was a child performer in the 1940's who became a stage actor and then a film and TV actor, and John's mother was an actress and a model. John himself therefore grew up with Broadway and off-Broadway, Shakespeare and Moliere in repertory, industrials, children's theatre, and musical theatre on tour throughout the American northeast and Midwest, working technical crew along the way. John was a baseball pitcher whose coaches included Dick Howser and whose teammates included Todd Stottlemyre. John then worked as a rock musician for years and his former band-mates included John ("Jojo") Hermann (of Widespread Panic), Tom Morello (of Rage Against The Machine), Alison Brown (of Compass Records), and jazz saxophonists Don Braden and Avram Fefer. Over the span of his career John J. Tormey III, Esq. has dealt with virtually all aspects of the entertainment and media businesses. John has been interviewed and featured in numerous on-line and off-line articles and publications relating to the entertainment field, as well as television appearances on New York's COURT TV and other programs.
John has achieved the level of "AV Preeminent" from Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest possible Peer Review rating in legal ability & ethical standards given by Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, in 2013, he was selected a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property" by American Lawyer Media, a leading provider of news and information to the legal industry.