The Century City Bar Association at its annual awards dinner Thursday night honored four lawyers and a local firm, all with entertainment connections.
Named as entertainment lawyer of the year was Daniel H. Black of Greenberg Traurig LLP. A transactional attorney, Black is a veteran of Columbia Pictures, Paramount and Weintraub Entertainment Group. He’s been with Greenberg Traurig since 2003 and has been named a Power Lawyer by in each year of the list, 2007-12.
Anointed intellectual property lawyer of the year was Warner Bros. vp and intellectual property counsel Avis Frazier-Thomas, who has been a trademark attorney for over thirty years. In previous jobs, she has been a trademark examiner with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and a member of the intellectual property department at Times Mirror, which owned the .
Picking up honors as litigation lawyer of the year was Wayne M. Barsky of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. Barsky’s clients include Atari, Sega, Warner Bros., EA and Simcity.
Robbin L. Itkin of Steptoe & Johnson LLP received the award as bankruptcy lawyer of the year. Her practice includes entertainment and sports bankruptcy matters.
Irell & Manella LLP was named pro bono law firm of the year. Former California state supreme court justice Carlos R. Moreno accepted for the firm, which has a significant entertainment litigation practice.
Among the event’s numerous sponsors were Warner Bros. and William Morris Endeavor.