Mr. Chatham has represented major stars, producers, directors, writers, financiers, independent production companies, broadcasters, and major corporations. He acts as general counsel to key players in the entertainment industry and provides advice regarding production matters, management strength, deal structuring, new media business, employment matters and other strategic planning. Mr. Chatham is a recognized Hollywood dealmaker in consumer brands backed by celebrity influencers or industry icons. Mr. Chatham has also litigated civil matters in state and in federal courts, as well as mediations and arbitrations before JAMS and AAA, involving a myriad of complex litigation matters including claims for breach of contract, negligence, fraud, wrongful termination, shareholder disputes, trademark and copyright infringement, and other general business disputes and tortious conduct.
Before his legal career, Mr. Chatham worked on Wall Street as a corporate bond trader at Barclays (formally Lehman Brothers, Inc.). Mr. Chatham was a Registered Representative of the National Association of Securities Dealers and helped coordinate many high profile debt offerings for S&P 500 companies, which included facilitating and trading bonds in the corporate and high yield markets. Mr. Chatham obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia where he received a tennis scholarship.
Mr. Chatham has been profiled in a number of publications, including Variety’s Legal Impact Report, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Variety’s Dealmakers Report, Super Lawyer Magazine and has been a legal analyst for nationally syndicated television shows. Mr. Chatham is admitted to practice in California before U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit; Northern District of California; and Central District of California. He is also admitted to practice in Hawaii and the District of Columbia. Mr. Chatham is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Hawaii Bar Association and the D.C. Bar Association.