Michael W Barnes

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Barnes Law Firm PC
100 Wilshire Blvd Ste 700, California, 90401-1113




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: Yes  

Admitted to Practice Law: 1986

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: May 9, 1987

Other Language(s): None


Michael Barnes is a transactional attorney and deal runner in the entertainment and related industries.  He focuses primarily in film financing, complex transactions, and entertainment/media mergers and acquisitions.  He was named a "Dealmaker of the Year" by Variety Magazine and has handled almost 200 film financing transactions and five motion picture studio acquisitions. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School.


Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Business Law Business Arbitration, Business Formation, Business Enterprises, Business Dissolutions, Business Cooperatives, Business Associations Law, Business Crimes, Business Development, Business Organization, Business Planning, Business Mediation, Business Litigation, Business Estate Planning, Business Fraud, Business Taxation, Business Syndication, Business Successions, Business Succession Planning, Business Start-Ups, Business Regulation, Business Reorganization, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Business Trusts, Business Valuation, Business Transfers, Business Torts, Business Transactions, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Law, International Business Law, Family Business Successions, Emerging Growth Companies, Emerging Growth Companies, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Buy-Sell Agreements, Closely Held Business Law, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Cooperative Taxation, Emerging Business Law, Closely Held business Taxation, Complex Business Litigation, Limited Liability Company Law, International Joint Ventures, Joint Ventures, Trade Association Law, Trade and Professional Associations, Sole Proprietorships, Strategic Alliances, Minority Business Law, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law, Privatization, Professional Practices, Small Business Law
Corporate Law Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Banking Law, Incorporation, International Corporate Finance, Foreign Sales Corporations, Hostile Takeovers, Family Corporations, Corporate Workouts, Family Limited Partnerships, Family Partnerships, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Planning, Corporate Reorganization, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Tax Planning, Corporate Trusts, Corporate Successions, Corporate Tax Controversies, Corporate Insurance, Corporate Income Tax, Corporate Formation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Organization, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Insurance Defense, Corporate Investigations, Corporate Dissolutions, Corporate Ethics, Corporate Fiduciary Law, Corporate Finance, Corporate Control Contests, Corporate Criminal Law, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Contracts, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, International Corporate Taxation, International Corporate Law, Partnership Formation, Partnership Dissolution, Nonprofit Corporations, Offshore Corporations, Partnership Organization, Partnership Syndication, Professional Corporations, Partnership Taxation, Small Business Corporations, S Corporations, Public Corporations, Proxy Contests, Tender Offers, Takeovers, Transfer Pricing
Commercial Law Commercial Bad Faith, Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Constitutional Law, Commercial Crimes, Commercial Torts, Commercial Mediation, Commercial Transfers, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Fraud, Commercial Liability, Commercial Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation, Commercial Trusts, International Commercial Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Retail Liability, Sale of Goods, International Sale of Goods, Negotiable Instruments, Warehousing, Uniform Commercial Code, Secured Transactions
Contracts International Commercial Contracts, Government Procurement, International Government Contracts, International Contracts, Public Contract Law, Public Works Contracts, Public Bidding, Local Government Contracts, Bid Protests, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Government Contract Arbitration, Government Construction Contracts, Government Contract Cost Accounting, Government Contract Fraud, Federal Contracts, Foreign Military Sales, Defense Contract Fraud, Defense Contracts
E-Commerce & Technology Computer Crime, Computer Contracts, Computer Fraud, Computer Law, Computer Software Law, Computer Security, Data Protection, Computer Technology, Information Technology, Software Licensing, Software Copyright, International Computer Law, Information Technology Contracts, Information Technology Licensing, Software Protection, Software Publishing Technology
Entertainment Law Artists Rights, Art Law, Entertainment Litigation, Entertainment Syndication, Entertainment Finance, Entertainment Liability, Entertainment Contracts, Cultural Property, Distribution, Theater Law, Video Law, Museum Law, Music Law, Music Licensing, Music Publishing, Motion Picture Production and Distribution, Motion Picture Finance, Fine Arts, Interactive Multimedia Law, Motion Pictures and Television, Multimedia Law, Music Copyright
Finance Asset Sales, Asset Based Finance, Vehicle Leasing, Secured Finance, Securitization, Unsecured Finance, Structured Finance, International Commercial Finance, Financial Institutions Taxation, Precious Metals Finance, International Finance, Public Finance, Private Finance, Financial Institution Bonds, Financial Fraud Recovery, Financial Fraud, Finance Taxation, Factoring Law, Eurobonds, Equity Finance, Financial Institution Regulation, Financial Institution Reorganization, Financial Institution Failures, Financial Institution Insolvency, Financial Institutions Law, Financial Institutions Litigation, Financial Restructuring, Credit Enhancement, Cross Border Finance, Corporate Finance, Commercial Finance, Business Finance, Equipment Leasing, Equipment Finance, Debt and Equity Finance, Debt Finance
Intellectual Property Computer and Software Patents, Computer Architecture Patents, Chemical Patents, Chemical Patent Prosecution, Copyright Infringement, Copyright Licensing, Copyright Litigation, Copyright Prosecution, Brand management, Biotechnology Patents, Chemical Intellectual Property, Business Method Patents, Biochemical Patents, Biotechnology Patent Prosecution, Artistic Property, Design Patents, Counterfeiting, Copyright Registration, Copyright Protection, Electrical Intellectual Property, Electrical Patent Prosecution, Electrical Patents, Electro-Mechanical Patents, Intellectual Property Enforcement, Intellectual Property Arbitration, Intellectual Property Infringement, Intellectual Property Licensing, Electronic Intellectual Property, Electronic Patents, Industrial Property Rights, Industrial Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property Portfolio Management, Intellectual Property Prosecution, Intellectual Property Procurement, Intellectual Property Rights, Piracy, Proprietary Rights, Protection of Personality, Service Marks, Theft of Trade Secrets, Trade Dress, Trade Secret Misappropriation, Trade Names, Trademark Litigation, Trademark Licensing, Trademark Infringement, Trademark Arbitration, Trademark Prosecution, Trademark Protection, Trademark Registration, International Licensing, International Patent Prosecution, International Copyright Law, International Intellectual Property, Internet Intellectual Property, Internet Copyright Law, International Trademarks, International Patents, Internet Trademarks, Internet Patents, Lanham Act, Literary Property, Mechanical Intellectual Property, Mechanical Patent Prosecution, Mechanical Patents, Medical Intellectual Property, Patent Infringement, Patent Interference Practice, New Media Law, Patent Applications, Medical Patents, Merchandising, Metallurgical Patents, Molecular Biology Patents, Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property, Patent Protection, Pharmaceutical Patents, Pharmaceutical Patent Prosecution, Patent Litigation, Patent Licensing, Patent Prosecution, Patent Portfolio Management
Mergers and Acquisitions Acquisitions and Divestitures, Business Acquisitions, Business Divestitures, International Mergers and Acquisitions, International Merger Notification, Leveraged Buyouts, Leveraged Acquisitions, Mergers, Merger Reorganization, Mergers and Acquisition Taxation, Mergers and Acquisitions Finance, Spin-Offs, Premerger Notification


  • Arizona (Active), California (Active)

Law School

  • Stanford

  • Last Updated: December 2, 2020
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