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Richard J. Lee

partner

Richard is a founding partner at Focus Media Law Group. He has been an attorney in private practice for more than 40 years. He is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in estate planning, probate and trust law. He also advises independent filmmakers, nonprofit organizations, and small business owners, including on matters involving buying, starting, operating or selling their businesses. He emphasizes thorough planning that anticipates possible complications and works vigorously to solve problems once they have arisen.

He helped establish the Film Arts Foundation in 1976 and served as its counsel until 2008, when he assisted in the transition of the services it provided to independent media professionals to SFFilm. He was also one of the first panel members of California Lawyers for the Arts and continues to be on the panel.

He graduated from Stanford University in 1969 with a B.A. in Sociology with honors and with distinction. He received his J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1974.

510.272.0200 x304
rjl@focusmedialaw.com

Justine Jacob

partner

Justine is a founding partner at Focus Media Law Group. She specializes in representing documentary filmmakers in all aspects of their productions, whether shorts, features, or series, from development through distribution, including rights clearances and fair use reviews. You can find a partial list of projects she provided counsel for at imbd. She has been an attorney for twenty years and during this time directed and produced two feature length documentary films: Runners High and Ready, Set, Bag!

She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1993 with a B.A. in Sociology and received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1998. She clerked for the honorable Judge Sheila Sonenshine at the California Court of Appeal and worked at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton in San Francisco.

510.272.0200 x316
justine@focusmedialaw.com

Runners High (2006)
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Ready, Set, Bag! (2008)
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Heather Butterfield

senior associate

Heather is a senior associate at Focus Media Law Group. She specializes in representing filmmakers and production companies in all aspects of their productions, including advising on copyright, clearances, and employment issues.

She graduated in 1999 from Washington University in St. Louis, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Philosophy and received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2002.

323.715.4254
heather@focusmedialaw.com

Cecilia Mao

Cecilia Mao

senior associate

Cecilia is a senior associate at Focus Media Law Group. She specializes in representing filmmakers and production companies in all aspects of their productions, including business entity formation and governance, production and distribution agreements, and advising on copyright, clearances and employment issues. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1992 with a B.S. in Business Administration and received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1998. She worked at Cooley LLP in San Francisco and was Associate General Counsel at Shiseido Americas Corporation and Sephora USA, Inc.

510.272.0200 x350
cecilia@focusmedialaw.com

Brian Wagner

Brian Wagner

junior associate

Brian is a junior associate at Focus Media Law Group focusing on Trust and Estate law. Prior to joining Focus Media Law Group, he clerked for a law firm in South Florida that specialized in Insurance and Tort Litigation, working on all aspects of cases, from initiation through discovery.

He graduated from San Francisco State University in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2019.

510.272.0200 x318
brian@focusmedialaw.com

Richard J. Lee

partner

Richard is a founding partner at Focus Media Law Group. He has been an attorney in private practice for more than 40 years. He specializes in estate planning, probate and trust law. He also advises independent filmmakers, nonprofit organizations, and small business owners, including on matters involving buying, starting, operating or selling their businesses. He emphasizes thorough planning that anticipates possible complications and works vigorously to solve problems once they have arisen.

He helped establish the Film Arts Foundation in 1976 and served as its counsel until 2008, when he assisted in the transition of the services it provided to independent media professionals to SFFilm. He was also one of the first panel members of California Lawyers for the Arts and continues to be on the panel.

He graduated from Stanford University in 1969 with a B.A. in Sociology with honors and with distinction. He received his J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1974.

510.272.0200 x304
rjl@focusmedialaw.com

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Justine Jacob

partner

Justine is a founding partner at Focus Media Law Group. She specializes in representing documentary filmmakers in all aspects of their productions, whether shorts, features, or series, from development through distribution, including rights clearances and fair use reviews. You can find a partial list of projects she provided counsel for at imbd. She has been an attorney for twenty years and during this time directed and produced two feature length documentary films: Runners High and Ready, Set, Bag!

She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1993 with a B.A. in Sociology and received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1998. She clerked for the honorable Judge Sheila Sonenshine at the California Court of Appeal and worked at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton in San Francisco.

510.272.0200 x316
justine@focusmedialaw.com

Ready, Set, Bag! (2008) Film Site –>

Runners High (2006) Film Site –>

Heather Butterfield

senior associate

Heather is a senior associate at Focus Media Law Group. She specializes in representing filmmakers and production companies in all aspects of their productions, including advising on copyright, clearances, and employment issues.

She graduated in 1999 from Washington University in St. Louis, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Philosophy and received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2002.

323.715.4254
heather@focusmedialaw.com

Cecilia Mao

senior associate

Cecilia is a senior associate at Focus Media Law Group. She specializes in representing filmmakers and production companies in all aspects of their productions, including business entity formation and governance, production and distribution agreements, and advising on copyright, clearances and employment issues. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1992 with a B.S. in Business Administration and received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1998. She worked at Cooley LLP in San Francisco and was Associate General Counsel at Shiseido Americas Corporation and Sephora USA, Inc.

Brian Wagner

Brian Wagner

junior associate

Brian is a junior associate at Focus Media Law Group focusing on Trust and Estate law. Prior to joining Focus Media Law Group, he clerked for a law firm in South Florida that specialized in Insurance and Tort Litigation, working on all aspects of cases, from initiation through discovery.

He graduated from San Francisco State University in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2019.

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