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Dana M. Newman

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Phone: (310) 730-4384
Fax: (310) 432-0048

1800 Avenue of the Stars, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067

Dana is a transactional attorney concentrating on publishing and media law, with an extensive background as in-house legal counsel at companies involved in entertainment and communications technologies. She focuses on business and legal advising, contracts (particularly book publishing, collaboration and ghostwriting agreements, options and shopping agreements, literary agency agreements and subsidiary rights), intellectual property (copyright and trademark), and corporate law (business transactions).

Dana conducts pre-publication legal reviews of book manuscripts, and advises writers and publishers on defamation, fair use, and privacy issues. She’s negotiated and drafted complex, sophisticated contracts involving technology licensing, joint ventures, development, and publication, as well as asset purchases and real estate leases. She’s also managed an intellectual property portfolio, and handled software licensing, domain name enforcement, and copyright and trademark registrations.

In addition to her work as an attorney, Dana is a literary agent, representing a wide range of authors of adult fiction and non-fiction, and has negotiated numerous successful book and publishing deals with top global publishers and media companies.


J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law

B.A., University of California at Berkeley
Comparative Literature

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

State Bar of California

Publications/Speaking Engagements/Affiliations
  • Technology and Intellectual Property Rights chapter (co-author) Emerging Companies Guide: A Resource for Professionals and Entrepreneurs, 2nd Edition (American Bar Association, 2011)
  • Contract drafting, review and negotiation; publishing law and literary agent representation; legal vetting of manuscripts; technology transactions (licensing, development, distribution); trademarks and copyrights