Michael R. Williams, a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C., is the Chair of the firm’s Fashion Group and co-Chair of its Entertainment and Celebrity Branding Groups.
Mr. Williams’ clients include major television and motion picture actors, leading fashion designers, top models, fashion show production companies, photographers and executives in the entertainment and fashion industries.
Mr. Williams represents actors in the negotiation of deals to perform in film, television, theater and other media. He also works to assist clients in capitalizing on their name, fame, likeness, and other rights in all media. He negotiates and structures profitable merchandising, licensing, endorsement and spokesperson agreements, and counsels clients on the development of their own celebrity-branded product lines. Mr. Williams has extensive experience working with fashion brands and individuals with regards to the creation, protection and, licensing of their intellectual property and trademarks. He also advises clients regarding corporate structuring and employment matters.
Mr. Williams is recognized in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America for entertainment. He has been recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as a New York-area “Super Lawyer” in the field of entertainment and sports. The Legal 500recognizes Mr. Williams as a top media and entertainment lawyer. He was also included in Variety’s coveted 2010 “Dealmaker’s Impact Report.”
Mr. Williams is a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in New York.