Thomas A. Crowell
Entertainment and Media Law; Intellectual Property
Admitted to bar: New York, New Jersey, U.S. Supreme Court
Education: New York University (B.F.A. 1988); Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2002)
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Crowell was a television producer and the head of business development for one of Japan's premier satellite television news companies, the Science Technology Network. Mr. Crowell began his legal career at KMZ Rosenman, where he established his expertise in entertainment, media, intellectual property protection, and general corporate and commercial matters.
A founding partner of Saperstein & Crowell, LLP, Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, including deals with TLC, Elsevier Publishing, Starz, Discovery Communications, Focal Press, the Smithsonian Network, WE: The Women's Entertainment Network, The Science Technology Network, IDW Publishing, and Sony Entertainment. He joined Lane Sash & Larrabee in July of 2012 as a partner.
In addition to his private practice, Mr. Crowell is the Director of the Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo Law School, where he also teaches a course in film law. Mr. Crowell is a strong supporter of legal pro bono work for artists and is the Executive Director emeritus of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
A frequent columnist for film industry publications, Mr. Crowell is also the author of a best-selling legal guide for independent producers, The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers (Elsevier 2011), which has been adopted as a core textbook in many film and law schools across the United States. He currently serves as a series editor for Focal Press and its new line of legal guides for artists.