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Entertainment Attorney

John J. Tormey III, PLLC

John J. Tormey III, Esq.
Attorney At Law

1324 Lexington Avenue, PMB 188
New York, NY  10028  USA

(212) 410-4142 (phone)
(212) 410-2380 (fax)      

John J. Tormey III, Esq. is a veteran film, entertainment, art, and media lawyer. He handles transactional matters, as well as certain claims and litigation matters as they pertain to the entertainment business.

He is in his fourth decade in the legal profession and the practice of law. In 2019, he celebrates his 20th Anniversary of his Martindale-Hubbell™ Peer Review rating as “AV Preeminent®” for twenty consecutive years. This is the highest possible Peer Review Rating in legal ability & ethical standards accorded by Martindale-Hubbell™, an organization which has facilitated Peer Review Ratings™ for more than 130 years. As stated by Martindale-Hubbell™, “The AV Rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell™”.

Additionally, John J. Tormey III, Esq. was selected as a “2014 Top Rated Lawyer In Intellectual Property” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™. American Lawyer Media is a leading provider of news and information to the legal services industry, and affiliated with Martindale-Hubbell™ to highlight “Top Rated Lawyers” in the March 2014 issue of The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine.

In 1996 John J. Tormey III, Esq. finished a tour of duty as Senior Litigation Counsel and Senior Counsel to Miramax Films. He thereafter announced the commencement of his own law practice, now known as “John J. Tormey III, PLLC”. Thankfully, this law practice has since been very active. The key elements have been hard work, and a firm commitment to timely and responsive representation of his clients. In this electronic age he has been fortunate to receive some additional exposure given a presence on the Internet, and appearances as a guest commentator on New York’s COURT TV including its “Hollywood Heat” program, Q104.3-FM Ken Dashow’s “Beatles Revolution” on the iHeartRadio app, BronxNet’s “Today’s Verdict”, Colorado Public Radio, London’s BBC “Liquid News”, Bogota, Colombia’s “NTN24 News” including its “La Noche” program, “Backstage” Magazine, “Slate” Magazine, and Big Meteor Publishing’s “Indie Bible”.

The law practice is a general commercial one, with a focus on contractual and corporate matters, entertainment law, and intellectual property. He draws upon past experience with motion pictures, television, music, art, merchandising, licensing, publishing, advertising, marketing, computers, interactive media, litigation, and wills and estates. A large number of his friends are in the arts, entertainment, media, and other creative fields. His father is a working film and TV actor in Manhattan. John III has played music professionally. A significant component of his law practice is the legal representation of talent, as well as media and entertainment entities - including both start-up and existing businesses.

He continues to play a positive role in helping businesses grow, and in helping individuals succeed. Much of his work also exists outside the bounds of the entertainment field. His clients are diverse and extend beyond the realm of entertainment. He represents doctors, other lawyers, computer and on-line entrepreneurs, sports figures, talent representatives, designers, photographers, and others in various fields. He handles employment agreements, shareholder agreements, agency agreements, and many other different types of contractual matters and transactions. His goal is to maintain his solid client base, and maintain a mutuality of respect with those clients. In terms of sheer numbers, he tends to have more numerous clients than many other lawyers because of, among other things, this populist approach.

He is admitted to practice law in New York, California, and the District of Columbia. His past affiliations have been with Collegiate School, Harvard University, UCLA School of Law, the law firm of Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn, The Walt Disney Company, and Miramax Films. He has posted his résumé below which illustrates his career path in greater detail.

In addition to his presence on the Internet, another way he prefers to generate new work is through quality referrals from past and existing clients, and from his other friends. Please keep him in mind in situations wherein your friends and colleagues are seeking representation. You are welcome to forward his contact-information and credentials to them.

This law practice is conscientious and hard-driving, with only reasonable overhead expended along the way. Through this approach, John J. Tormey III, Esq. expects to continue to keep the clients that he represents. He has been a client himself, and has retained outside counsel on a number of matters. His clients will receive the same quality and timely response, and courtesy, that he would fully expect if he were the client.

John J. Tormey III, PLLC

John J. Tormey III, Esq.


UCLA Law Review
UCLA Law Moot Court Honors Program
American Jurisprudence Award, Labor Law

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, B.A., Psychology, cum laude, 1984
Dean’s List & Harvard College Scholarship
Harvard Club of New York Scholarship
John Dales Scholarship (awarded by Screen Actors Guild)


New York, California, and District of Columbia.

In 2014, John J. Tormey III, Esq. Celebrated His 15th Anniversary Of His Achievement, Recognition, And Martindale-Hubbell™ Peer Review Rating As “AV Preeminent®” For Fifteen Consecutive Years (1998-2014). This Is The Highest Possible Peer Review Rating In Legal Ability & Ethical Standards Given By Martindale-Hubbell™, Which Has Facilitated Peer Review Ratings™ For More Than 130 Years: “The AV Rating Is The Pinnacle Of Professional Excellence Earned Through A Strenuous Peer Review Rating Process That Is Managed And Monitored By The World's Most Trusted Legal Resource, Martindale-Hubbell™”.

Additionally, In 2014, John J. Tormey III, Esq. Was Selected As A “2014 Top Rated Lawyer In Intellectual Property” By American Lawyer Media And Martindale-Hubbell™. American Lawyer Media Is A Leading Provider Of News And Information To The Legal Industry, And Affiliated With Martindale-Hubbell™ To Highlight “Top Rated Lawyers” In The March 2014 Issue Of The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine.


Solo Law Practice, 1997 - Present

Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs; and Senior Counsel, Litigation: 1994 - 1996
Handled in-house litigation and claims matters, including necessary coordination with outside counsel, and review of attorney billings. 
Served as lead attorney on arbitrations and other matters requiring appearances of counsel.
Drafted and negotiated agreements, correspondence, and memoranda relating to the corporation’s business of motion picture distribution, and film production matters of its affiliates.

Rendered day-to-day legal advice with respect to the following eclectic variety of matters: anti-trust matters, interactive and computer affairs, guilds and residuals, intellectual property, chain-of-title, piracy, merchandising, marketing and publicity, exhibitor collections, photographic rights, bankruptcy, and direct marketing. 

Counsel: 1990 - 1994
Drafted and negotiated character merchandise license agreements.
Advised corporation regarding its licensing endeavors and various intellectual property, transactional, litigation, product safety, management and licensee audit, accounting, and credit issues, including those relating to the theme parks and Disney Stores.
Coordinated legal and investigative aspects of a nationwide character merchandise anti-piracy program.
Participated in all phases of the civil pursuit and criminal prosecution of copyright and trademark infringers.
Managed the legal affairs of the company’s direct marketing catalogue subsidiaries.
Served as representative on the Classification and Ratings Appeals (CARA) Board of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), for the rating of motion pictures.

Litigation Associate: 1987 - 1990
Represented plaintiffs and defendants in litigation matters.
Concentrated in the area of intellectual property: copyright and entertainment litigation.

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