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Michael D. Prywes

Michael D. Prywes

Prywes Schwartz, PLLC - NY Startup Attorneys
  • Business Law, Communications & Internet Law, Employment Law ...
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I am an attorney admitted in New York. I am also a former media professional with a background in film, video, Internet, and law. As former President of 2 Life! Films, I was one of four producers of the comedy feature "Returning Mickey Stern," starring Joe Bologna, Tom Bosley, Connie Stevens, and Renee Taylor. The film, distributed in US theaters and abroad, is available on DVD (PG-13). I also created the now-defunct CastOurMovie site, the world's first crowdsourced voting site (before "American Idol" and "Last Comic Standing" would make crowdsourced voting commonplace). The site was featured in Time Magazine, Industry Standard, and U.S. News and World Report, among many others. On the legal side of media/digital, I have worked for New Video Group, distributor of A&E/History, Scholastic, and MLB, as well as ASCAP. I have been involved in the drafting of agreements and negotiations with the companies guiding media and technology convergence: Amazon, Apple, Netflix, etc. Before attending Northwestern University as a Performance Studies/Creative Writing for the Media undergrad, I attended the Long Island High School for the Arts as a visual artist. My 4'x5' acrylic canvas "20th Century Icon" was featured in the Sabbeth Art Gallery and a juried competition before I graduated. At NU, I was a theater critic and Art Editor of Northwestern's oldest journal of the humanities, Helicon. I was one of only 12 students selected for NU's Creative Writing for the Media Program. In 1996, I earned the Elie Wiesel National Award for Jewish Arts and Culture by launching the still-thriving Jewish Theatre Ensemble. I have taught at St. John's and Queens College and have been a guest speaker at a number of schools including UCLA and NYU. I received my JD from Hofstra's School of Law, where I attended on a Merit Scholarship. My former professor recruited me after graduation, because I was, in his words, the best student he had ever had in his 12 years of teaching.

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
J.D. (2008) | Law
Honors: Attended on Tuition Merit Scholarship, Dean's List, Dean's Scholar, Ambassador
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Northwestern University
B.S. (1996) | School of Communications
Honors: Dean's List, One of 12 Students Selected for the Creative Writing for the Media Program
Activities: Student Government Senator, Art Editor - Helicon: Journal of Humanities, President of Hillel, Artistic Director of the Jewish Theatre Ensemble, Purple Haze Ultimate Frisbee
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Communications & Internet Law
Internet Law, Media & Advertising, Telecommunications Law
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Intellectual Property
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Entertainment & Sports Law
Websites & Blogs
Lawyers for Small Business and Entrepreneurs
Legal Guidance and Opinions for Startups
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New York City
275 Seventh Avenue
7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 206-9104
Long Island
68 South Service Road
Suite 100
Melville, NY 11747
Telephone: (631) 254-0804