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June 25, 2024

Southwestern Law School Alumni Recognized on The Hollywood Reporter’s 2024 Power Lawyers List

Los Angeles, CA – Southwestern Law School proudly announces that five alumni have been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s 2024 Power Lawyers list, an annual roundup of the entertainment industry’s top 100 attorneys. These alums have made important contributions through high-stakes litigation, talent representation, and groundbreaking legal strategies, reinforcing Southwestern’s position as a premier institution for legal education in entertainment law. 

The Southwestern alumni recognized on the 2024 Power Lawyers list are: 

  • Warren Dern '91, who helped Rebel Wilson with "Bride Hard" and has worked with clients Paul Feig, Gore Verbinski, and Amy Poehler. 
  • Bobby Ghajar '98, who successfully defended Meta in an IP suit over AI and also won the dismissal of a trademark infringement lawsuit against Kim Kardashian’s skincare line. 
  • Ryan LeVine '04, who guided Iain Armitage through "Young Sheldon" and closed a significant deal for Octavia Spencer with Amazon. 
  • Shawn Holley '88, who represented multiple clients in high-stakes criminal cases. 
  • Jeff Hynick '06, who advised Jenna Ortega in her post-"Wednesday" deals and represents filmmakers like Jonathan Entwistle and Parker Finn. 

Southwestern President and Dean Darby Dickerson remarked, “We are proud to see our alumni recognized for their achievements in the entertainment industry. They are wonderful representatives for Southwestern, and I thank them for their dedication to excellence.” 

Southwestern Law School has also been recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the "13 Best Law Schools to Jumpstart Your Hollywood Career." 

For more information about Southwestern Law School and its entertainment law programs, please visit swlaw.edu/Biederman.