Richard B. Heller is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC and co-chairman of the firm's Entertainment Group. His practice focuses on motion pictures and television, new media, publishing, celebrity branding and intellectual property. His clients include actors, writers, individual producers, directors, production companies and distributors in the motion picture and television fields.
For over twenty years, Mr. Heller has also represented a wide range of best-selling authors as well as book and magazine publishers. Working extensively with prominent authors, fashion models, celebrities and media companies, Mr. Heller actively counsels his clients in managing their valuable intellectual property rights and implementing fully coordinated strategies for exploiting motion picture, television, print, audio, electronic new media, merchandising and other rights. Mr. Heller was recently recognized by New York Magazine as one of the New York area’s best entertainment lawyers. He was also included in the 25th Anniversary edition of The Best Lawyers in America; received the highest rating among New York media and entertainment transactional lawyers in the prestigious Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2006-2012; has been named a New York-area "Super Lawyer" in the field of entertainment and sports by Law and Politics magazine from 2006-2012; and is listed among the country’s leading copyright lawyers by The Legal 500. He is a member of the Legal Affairs Committee, Magazine Publishers of America; the New York City Bar Association (Member, Committee on Entertainment and Sports Law, 1984-Present); and the American Bar Association (Member: Section on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law; Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, 1979-Present). He was Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, from 1985 to 1987.
Mr. Heller is a graduate of Brown University (BA, 1974) and the New York University School of Law (JD, 1977).