John A. Schulman
Executive Director, Entertainment Law ProgramUSC Gould School of Lawjschulman@law.usc.edu
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last updated Tue, Jan 4, 2011
After serving for 25 years as Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Warner Bros. Entertainment, John Schulman joined USC Law in 2009. He directs the school’s entertainment law program.
Schulman is no stranger to creating highly successful programs from scratch. He joined Warner Bros. in 1984 as Vice President & General Counsel, charged with building the studio’s in-house legal department. By the end of his tenure, Warner’s legal department was counted among the best in the industry.
In 1989, he was promoted to Senior Vice President & General Counsel. Thereafter, he became Executive Vice President & General Counsel.
At Warner Bros., Schulman managed 150 attorneys. He was involved with several high-profile cases, including a breach-of-contract case against Francis Ford Coppola over the production of “Pinocchio” and a lawsuit claiming Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” was responsible for a copycat killing spree.
Prior to joining Warner Bros., Schulman practiced law, first at Kaplan, Livingston, Goodwin, Berkowitz and Selvin, where one of his early assignments was handling the litigation and negotiations for Warner Bros.’ Superman feature films. In 1981 he became one of the founding partners of the firm then known as Weissman, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman & Schulman, where he remained for three years.
He currently serves on the board of directors of Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple and is a trustee of the Southwestern School of Law. He’s a former member of the board of directors of California Legal Corps, the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Youth Law Center; he is also a former member of the board of trustees of the Center for Early Education. Previously he served as a lecturer at USC Law, UCLA School of Law, and Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.
Schulman was named Lawyer of the Year by the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Law Section in 1998 for his long and distinguished record of service at Warner Bros. and for his devotion to pro bono, charitable and civic causes. He has received numerous awards from organizations including Bet Tzedek, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, The Los Angeles County Bar Association and The Jewish Federation.
Schulman received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from University of California, Berkeley.