Backed by more than five decades of professional experience, Gary O. Concoff has been successfully assisting clients as an attorney with Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham LLP since 1996. With a dedicated focus on motion picture and entertainment law, as well as intellectual property and finance within the motion picture industry, Mr. Concoff has been involved with the negotiation, documentation and structuring of transactions involving the production and distribution of motion pictures and television. He began his career in the legal industry an associate with O’Melveny & Myers LLP from 1962 to 1965. He also formerly served as an associate with Kaplan, Livingston et al before becoming a partner with the firm. Additionally, Mr. Concoff served as a partner for Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, an attorney for TroyGould Attorneys, and a law lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles. Notably, he founded UCLA’s Entertainment Symposium in 1976 and served as its co-chair until 1978.
While Mr. Concoff was completing his undergraduate studies, he wrote an article for the UCLA Law Review: “Motion Picture Secured Transactions Under the Uniform Commercial Code: Problems in Perfection.” His studies outlined in this paper were later confirmed through his victory with the National Peregrine Case. In 1990, Mr. Concoff was called to represent a group as lead copyright and secured transactions counsel for appellant in the case of National Peregrine, Inc., et al. v. Capital Federal Savings. Mr. Concoff won the case, which has become the leading case to confirm the statements in his article. Remarkably, the whole industry has since been practicing under the influence of this case. To read more about the Peregrine, Inc., et al. v. Capital Federal Savings case, please access the case brief here.
Early in Mr. Concoff’s career, a superior said that he was born to be a motion picture lawyer. Thus, after earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1958, he received a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1962. One year later, Mr. Concoff was admitted to practice by the State Bar of California. Throughout the course of his career, he has been consistently recognized for his hard work and dedication to the field. He was recently dubbed Outstanding Practitioner of the Year by the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Additionally, Mr. Concoff holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating through Martindale-Hubbell® and a Superb 10.0 rating with Avvo.
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