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Brandon Drea

Associate
drea.brandon@dorsey.com

Overview

BRANDON HELPS CLIENTS NAVIGATE THE COMPLEXITIES OF VARIOUS CORPORATE AND SECURITIES MATTERS, INCLUDING MERGERS AND ACQUISTIONS, CORPORATE FORMATION AND DEBT AND EQUITY FINANCING.

After nearly two decades of working in entertainment, Brandon also counsels clients in various entertainment-related disputes and helps structure and implement a wide variety of transactions within the entertainment industry. He has represented talent in the theatre, film and television industries, negotiated employment agreements for industry executives, publishing agreements for authors, shopping and option agreements for screenwriters, and non-theatrical distribution agreements for distributors.

Brandon has worked with global talent and branding agencies that represent over $950M in contracts and have garnered numerous Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Tony Awards, and Grammy Awards. He has worked with a literary team that has secured several packaging deals and production contracts with major Hollywood studios and production companies including, but not limited to HBO, Fox, AMC, Netflix, and Amazon.

Education & Admissions

Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (J.D., 2021),

  • cum laude
  • 2021 Dean's Award
  • Editor-in-Chief, Arizona State Sports & Entertainment Law Journal

Brown University (M.F.A., 2011),

  • Distinguished Academic Performance

Arizona State University (B.A., 2007),

  • magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Arizona

Clerkships

  • Arizona Court of Appeals - Division One, Honorable Samuel A. Thumma

News & Resources

Joint Ownership of Intellectual Property: The Land of Unintended Consequences, Primerus (2020).

The Current Antitrust Dispute Between the Writers Guild of American and Hollywood Talent Agencies: A Modern Retelling of a Favorite Hollywood Classic, 9 Ariz. St. Sports & Ent. L.J. 98 (2020).

Weathering a Global Pandemic: One Law Firm's Resilience Through Service and Integrity (2020).

Events & Speaking Engagements

Brandon has been a guest speaker and lecturer at Brown University, New York University, Arizona State University and Pace University Elizabeth Haub School of Law.

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Accolades

  • 2021 Arizona Bar Association Future Practitioner Award

  • 2021 Pro Bono Award with Highest Distinction

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Secured Transactions; Evidence