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Adam Hirshfield

New York
(212) 259-7300


New York State


Intellectual Property
Licensing and Technology Transfer
Entertainment and Media
Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation Transactional



Bachelor of Science from Bentley College

J.D. from Cardozo School of Law

LL.M. (Taxation) Boston University



Adam is a well-known and highly regarded entertainment, tax, and intellectual property lawyer. He brings more than 20 years of experience to CKR Law, having owned and operated his own law firm for the last 17 years and previously served as in-house counsel in the Corporate & Transactions Group at NBC.

Adam's three main practice areas routinely intersect just as entertainment, taxation, corporate structuring, and intellectual property matters routinely overlap in the course of a transaction. Through a transactional lens, Adam offers strategic and practical advice that achieves short-term goals as well as long-term solutions for his clients. Whether he is negotiating a transaction or rendering day-to-day advice to his clients, Adam makes long-term planning and goals a priority in his dealings.

In his entertainment practice, Adam focuses primarily on the music, television, and film industries. His practice includes negotiating a wide range of transactions in the music, film, and television industries, with deep experience representing clients on both sides of the negotiating table, from individual artists and singer-songwriters to major record labels and film distribution companies. He has negotiated and structured a broad range of agreements, including licensing and release agreements, recording agreements, artist release agreements, distribution agreements, TV development music publishing agreements, artist management agreements, master use agreements, synchronization agreements, merchandising agreements, rights acquisition agreements, asset transfer agreements, and other agreements typically required in transactions with major record labels, music publishing houses, TV and film studios.

In his business structure and tax practice, Adam helps clients gain a better understanding of complex tax, business, and financial issues. He provides critical insights and assists clients to optimize the financial performance of their business operations through the use of business structures and tax planning strategies, both domestically and internationally.

In his intellectual property practice, Adam handles copyright registration, trademark and service mark prosecution, as well as licensing agreements, assignments, and transfers of intellectual property, and other intellectual property matters that may arise in the course of his transactional work. In his dealings, Adam focuses on structuring transactions to reduce tax burdens on domestic and foreign intellectual property owners.

Adam received his LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University and earned his J.D. from the Cardozo School of Law. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Bentley College.

Adam's deep experience in transactional entertainment, taxation, and intellectual property law, as well as his entrepreneurial experience as a small business owner and in-house counsel at a prominent, global entertainment company, has equipped Adam to provide dynamic, practical, and strategic advice and business solutions to his clients.