Charles B. Ortner - Proskauer Rose LLP

Charles B. Ortner

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001
Phone: 212-969-3990

Client Comments

"He is a great lawyer and a great human being. He has an excellent understanding of the big picture, strategy, and execution. "

"Chuck is a smart, pro-active lawyer. He's a deal maker, rather then a deal breaker. Chuck has always been a calming, thoughtful influence, and can be tough when necessary."

"Chuck has represented and advised us in important litigation matters. His advice and strategic recommendations are spot on. He's a very bright lawyer who also provides practical advice."

"Each litigation matter he has been involved with over the last 12 years has been successfully resolved."

-Beau Halfon

"Given his wealth of experience in representing clients throughout the entertainment industry, Chuck Ortner is one of those unique attorneys who is able to quickly assess a situation and provide concise, practical advice that addresses both immediate legal needs, as well as long-term business goals. He is both a top-notch litigator and trusted advisor. I greatly appreciate Chuck's around-the-clock availability and prompt responsiveness. "

-M. James Cooperman
COO & EVP Business & Legal Affairs
Wind-Up Entertainment

"In the dozen or so years that I've known Chuck, my career has moved through the world's two largest music companies to my current "small shop," which I own with partners. In each local I have always known that I can call on Chuck and expect a quick, yet thoughtful response that considers both the legal and practical issues at hand, as well as several viable options to approach the problem/opportunity. He is second to none in both his legal reasoning, as well as big picture plotting where you might win the battle but lose the war - even though this approach might mean less fees for his firm. While he may be best known as an astute litigator, it is his understanding of the transactional side that really make him my go-to guy for anything I judge to be important. The fact that he is one of the most decent, thoughtful, and genuinely caring individuals I've had the privilege to know contrasts quite sharply to the picture of the big-firm, NYC attorney. He's a great guy!!"

-Scott Aronson
Chief Operating Officer/Partner
Melee Entertainment, LLC

"I have worked with Chuck for over 20 years. I know Chuck to be an extraordinarily thorough, intelligent, creative, and skilled litigator. He will leave absolutely no stone unturned in defending our mutual clients, who, for the most part, are highly visible celebrities in the music industry. Chuck understands that our clients in particular are best served by lawyers who maintain a low profile and do not seek publicity for themselves outside of the courtroom. He is also a relentless and powerful advocate inside the courtroom. It is this unique combination of understated power that makes Chuck so effective."

-David Toraya
Grubman Indursky & Shire P.C.

"Chuck Ortner is simply the best business and litigation attorney that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Chuck finds solutions to problems and forms a business strategy before ever considering litigation as an option. I have complete trust and faith in Chuck's advice."

-Lawrence Mestel
Chief Executive Officer
Primary Wave Music

"Chuck Ortner is one of those rare lawyers in the world that actually follows through on what he says he will do. His attention to detail is astounding. We always trust his judgment and expertise because of his level of experience, and his understanding of the law and of human response. He is never unreachable and always goes the extra mile to satisfy the client. He is always respectful and honest. If you ask him once, you know that it will be taken care of. I consider it a privileged to work with Mr. Ortner! Always fair!"

-Stacy Smith
Stacy Smith & Associates, P.C.

Office Location

Eleven Times Square
New York, NY 10036-8299
United States

Practice Areas

Entertainment Law - Music