centered. powerful. elegant.

An Industry leader in media, entertainment and technology law

centered. powerful. elegant.

An Industry leader in media, entertainment and technology law

OUR PHILOSOPHY

With a roster of Fortune 500 and emerging market clients, metlawgroup requires contextual expertise to help them avoid critical threats that could potentially put them out of business. By studying both the failures and successes of market leaders, metlawgroup can help its clients to be strategically focused. Innovation serves as the basis for success. Metlawgroup incorporates innovation in not only how we serve our clients, but also how we adopt new and more effective practices to remain a market leader in our practice area.  This is the core of metlawgroup's offer, and makes us an essential and trusted resource that distinguishes our offer from others. We recognize that we serve the people behind the businesses we call the "client", and that their careers, livelihoods, families, mortgages, retirement and futures are in our care. As such, we take our responsibility very seriously. Our ultimate purpose is to create success stories. Our client roster and their accomplishments are a testament to this claim. Therefore, it is through their success that we are able to measure our own.

OUR STORY

Metlawgroup is a highly valued strategic business and legal resource for clients working primarily in the media, entertainment and technology verticals. Metlawgroup's founder, David Michail, started this practice with one key premise.... to provide superior service and strategic insight to great people on creative projects. The mission is simply to produce successful clients. A client-centric perspective of offering high value strategic business insight differentiates metlawgroup from other law professionals. Because we think as business professionals first, we are able to produce more effective results for our clients.

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OUR STRENGTHS

In an occupation that lends itself to adversarial situations, mastery and skill in negotiations requires a continual refinement of observing, acting consistently with and predicting individual situations, background thinking, cultural concerns, politics, demographics, relationships and economic concerns. It is a type of martial art for the practice of law. A centered orientation and uncommon intuition enables effective practitioners to propagate new spaces of thinking while deflecting counter-productive moves and unbalanced posturing which can be thwarted by expert practitioners. We work within this orientation to avoid expensive litigation, help our clients fulfill their obligations to stakeholders and exploit highly valuable revenue-producing opportunities for their growth.

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Practice Areas

Advertising Law

Copy Review

Claims Substantiation

Rights Clearances

Content Licensing

Infomercials

Campaigns / Promotions

Commercial Co-Ventures

Contests and Sweepstakes

Regulatory Compliance

Agency/ Brand Representation

Creative Services

Corporate Law

Mergers and Acquisitions

Corporate Governance

Entity Formation

Debt / Equity Finance

Entertainment Law

Film and TV Production

Video Game Development

Production Finance

Development

Rights Acquisition

Chain of Title

Clearance

Branded Entertainment

Music Festivals

Distribution

Digital Media

Intellectual Property Law

Trademark Prosecution

Licensing

Domain Disputes

Trade Secret Protection

Copyrights

Media Law

Social Media

Influencer Deals

Publishing

MCN Transactions

Content Distribution

Affiliate Networks

Media Buying

Technology Law

Software Licensing

SaaS Services

Cloud Computing

Custom Development

Mobile and Multi-Platform

Virtual Reality

Data Privacy

Terms of Service

User Generated Content

Case Studies

Accomplishments

International Technology Asset Purchase Transaction

Metlawgroup represented ICLEEN Entwicklungs - und Vertriebsanstalt für Umweltprodukte, the Lichtenstein parent company of IQAir, SA a swiss corporation for the purchase of all of the assets of AirVisual Limited, a Hong Kong corporation with an aggregate deal value of $8 MM. Metlawgroup lead the buy-side negotiations, diligence and closing with assistance from the local Hong Kong office of the Robertsons firm. This transaction was strategic for the IQAir suite of companies to be able to complement their existing air purification product line with a dynamic air quality monitor technology platform.

David Michail participates in $50 MM Asset Divestiture For Amusement Park

David Michail worked with a team of other lawyers in the divestiture of 10 theme parks across four jurisdictions for a successful $50+ MM exit.

Metlawgroup Represents Beiersdorf in FXFL Sponsorship

Metlawgroup represented Beiersdorf in negotiating its Nivea stadium sponsorship and branding rights for the 2014-2015 FXFL season.

Metlawgroup successfully represents MCN in Removing Co-Founder

Metlawgroup was able to successfully facilitate a favorable buy-out and release of a recalcitrant co-founder shareholder for its media company client.

Metlawgroup represents MCN in successful recovery on Social Media Account

Shortly after acquiring and paying for a social media account for Metlawgroup's MCN client, the seller attempted to hijack the asset and rescind his contractual obligation by locking the buyer out of the account after closing. Metlawgroup successfully recovered the online property without having to resort to litigation.

Metlawgroup Successfully Defeats Cyber-Squatter For IQAir and others

Metlawgroup has successfully enforced the trademark rights of IQAir and other clients in its Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy Actions representations. Through effective strategies to fight cybersquatters, David Michail has consistently produced favorable domain transfer awards for his clients.

Metlawgroup represents Permacity in the dissolution of joint-venture with engineering partner.

Metlawgroup successfully facilitated the breakup of a highly contentious joint venture for one of the largest solar integrators in Southern California.

Metlawgroup represents Venice Counting Group, Inc. in Complex Cross-Border Merger

Metlawgroup orchestrated the acquisition of a Mexican-based company for US-based technologies services company Venice Consulting Group through a reverse triangular merger structure as lead deal counsel. Working as counsel for the acquiring company, David Michail handled all aspects of intellectual property, corporate and securities matters for the US side of the deal and managed Mexican counsel for the integration of the Mexican subsidiary into its US operations.

Metlawgroup represents Omnia Media, Inc. from start-up to exit

Metlawgroup served as exclusive legal counsel for 5th largest Multi-Channel Network on YouTube developing Channel Management Agreements, Affiliate Agreements and acquisition of various YouTube channel businesses for client's portfolio. Under the guidance of David Michail, the CEO and Founder of the company was able to grow the operations from an early stage start-up with little revenues to a multi-million dollar exit.

Client List

We work with some of the most accomplished clients in their respective markets. Here are a few....

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About Us

David Michail

David serves as the chief strategist and managing principal of metlawgroup, a premier AV®-Rated[1] Media, Entertainment and Technology transactional law practice in California and Colorado. He is frequently retained as “consulting counsel” by several Entertainment law firms in Los Angeles, and represents both emerging market and Fortune 100 clients in various IT, media and entertainment related projects.  His practice niche includes a unique combination of New Media, Advertising and Marketing Law, Entertainment, Technology and Internet, Corporate, M&A and Business transactions.

David also is a managing partner in Alchemy Ventures, a Colorado-based venture capital firm focused on various emerging markets and is currently serving on the Board of Advisors for The Food Exchange and Sieena, Inc. and was a former member of the Board of Directors for Leonid Systems, Inc., a telecommunications company sold to Broadsoft, (Inc. (BSFT) in 2015.

David’s published articles, blogs and radio commentary
have covered a myriad of business topics including user generated content, accessing capital, intellectual property, Internet privacy, interactive media and has covered leading cases in the convergence of technology and entertainment industries.

He is also a frequent guest speaker and panelist regarding various corporate, finance, internet, advertising and business related issues throughout Southern California. Additionally, Mr. Michail has been recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of Southern California’s top
attorneys with its prestigious Southern California SuperLawyers award for five consecutive years. He is also recognizedby his peers as among the top 2 CA lawyers and top 43 US lawyers in technology/ outsourcing law by Law & Politics Magazine for two consecutive years..

Prior to starting Metlawgroup, Mr. Michail served as Rare Medium, Inc’s (NASDAQ: RRRR) West Coast Director of Legal Affairs, advising on all business and technology initiatives for Rare Medium’s Western US offices. David also served as Rare Medium’s Venture Manager for its $70 MM
Institutional Venture Fund, underwritten by Bear Stearns and Apollo Capital. In his role with the LA venture capital office, Mr. Michail was responsible to evaluate financing transactions and performing corporate, business and legal due diligence on Internet-based investment opportunities.

Mr. Michail is admitted to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, California and Colorado. David is also licensed to appear before the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals (4th Circuit) and the United States District Court, Central District of California.

[1] * CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Articles

December 2010

Sweeps And Contests Using Social Media and User Generated Content

November 2014

Gerber Falls Behind the 8-Ball With the FTC