Our Attorneys

David W. Beck

David is co-founder and managing partner of the firm and focuses his practice on issues surrounding the entertainment industry and corporate law matters generally. His business and legal affairs experience includes the representation of studios, mini-majors, production and post-production companies, comic book companies, animation companies, senior industry executives, producers and writers in connection with a broad range of entertainment legal matters. His extensive and varied background also enables him to serve in the role of outside general counsel to several entertainment clients.


Prior to joining the firm, he was a corporate and transactional attorney with experience in a wide spectrum of legal issues, including general business and corporate matters, real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, international banking and business transactions, and civil litigation.  He has advised individuals, small and mid size companies, large multinational corporations and foreign governments.  He has also consulted to 20th Century Fox in the past and was a guest speaker at the 2009 Producer’s Guild of America “Produced By” conference.


Mr. Beck is admitted to the State Bars of Missouri and California. 


Education 

Saint Louis University School of Law

Doctor of Law (J.D.), Certificate in International and Comparative Law


Washington University in Saint Louis

Artium Baccalaurei (A.B.), Economics and Political Science

Matthew Cooper

Matthew is co-founder of the firm and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2003. He has an extensive background in entertainment law.  Mr. Cooper was formerly Director, Business & Legal Affairs with Los Angeles based entertainment company Intermedia Films, which produced an eclectic list of titles ranging from "Adaptation" to "Terminator 3". His responsibilities at Intermedia included:  business and legal affairs work (including negotiation and drafting cast, producer, director, and writer agreements for motion picture projects), production legal matters,  addressing post-production legal delivery issues for domestic and foreign releases,  drafting distribution agreements,  and administration of the company's film library. Subsequently, Mr. Cooper worked as an Associate with the law firm of Pryor Cashman LLP where his business and legal affairs experience included film distribution matters, film financing matters, and representing producers, directors, financiers, and film production companies in all entertainment related matters.


Mr. Cooper was also Production Legal Consultant to New Line Cinema’s "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy where he negotiated clearances and access for all filming locations, as well as addressing numerous production legal matters and other production related issues for the project.  He also served as Legal Manager to Park Road Post Production Ltd, helping to establish filmmaker Peter Jackson’s state-of-the-art post-production facility.  Prior to this Mr. Cooper practiced law for two of New Zealand’s largest commercial law firms, Bell Gully and Russell McVeagh where he was involved with some high profile developments and Environment Court litigation matters. 


Education

University of Auckland School of Law

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)


University of Auckland School of Arts 

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)