Ethan’s interest in the entertainment industry began during his college internship with Polygram Records. Because entertainment is such a specialized field, Ethan chose to attend postgraduate programs following his law school graduation. He earned a master’s degree in entertainment law (LL.M.) with honors from the University of Westminster in London, and a master’s degree in International Sports Law (LL.M.) from Anglia University in Cambridge, England. Ethan also holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), which qualifies him to offer guidance on the business of entertainment—along with legal advice—to his clients.
Ethan enjoys being part of a creative process. He represents a wide range of artists, from first-time filmmakers to Emmy-winning directors and producers and Tony-nominated actors. Before starting his practice, Ethan was an assistant executive director with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), a performers’ union that represents actors and broadcasters. At AFTRA, he helped develop agreements with networks including ABC, CBS, FOX, TNT, Lifetime, and CTV (Canadian Television).
Ethan’s knowledge in the field of entertainment law has been sought by a variety of publications including The Hollywood Reporter, The New York State Bar Journal, Entertainment Law & Finance, The American Bar Association Journal, Reuters News, The Fashion Mannuscript, and The Washington Lawyer. He has volunteered his time to organizations such as Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, ArtServe, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Writers Guild of America, and New York Women in Film and Television. From 2014-2020 he was selected as a judge for the Phil Cowan/Broadcast Music Scholarship, which is awarded to law students for outstanding research in entertainment and arts law.
As a young solo attorney, Ethan was honored to have his practice profiled three times in American Bar Association publications (February 2013, January 2014, and January 2015) as a source of guidance and advice for law students pursuing careers in the entertainment industry.
In 2020, Ethan was appointed First Vice Chairperson to the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law section after serving a two-year term as section Secretary. Ethan, an active member of the state bar, also serves as co-chair of the Motion Pictures Committee and is a member of the State Bar Membership Committee. He is representative of the Membership Committee’s “Pathway to the Profession” which assists law students in transitioning to new attorneys as they enter the profession. As a result of his involvement with the state bar and his volunteer work in the arts community, he was nominated in 2015 for the New York State Bar’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. In 2017, 2018 & 2019 he was selected as a “Rising Star” by the New York State Bar Committee on Leadership Development.