Martin J. Barab
Mr. Barab, Of Counsel, graduated from the University of Southern California in 1967 with a B.S. degree in Finance and from Loyola University School of Law in 1970 with a J.D. degree. His practice of law began as a First Amendment attorney with emphasis on Constitutional Law before specializing in entertainment litigation and motion picture production, finance and distribution arenas.
In 2007, Mr. Barab joined Hamrick & Evans, LLP, and has been responsible for organizing and running its entertainment litigation and production departments. Mr. Barab and Mr. Hamrick have won numerous entertainment cases including a federal jury verdict in excess of $7 million representing the Plaintiffs in a case involving fraud and failure to finance a major motion picture (see Hannibal Pictures v. Sonja Productions article).
Working as an entertainment attorney, Mr. Barab has been production, distribution and financing attorney for numerous independent distribution and production entities. He has represented over 100 production entities and significant segment of the independent foreign sales companies, banks, Production financiers, foreign co-producers, as well as foreign distributors. Since commencing practice in the entertainment branch of the law and producing motion pictures for his company, Martin has been involved in the production and distribution of over 250 motion pictures. Martin has organized and was involved in founding of major motion picture companies such as: Nu Image, Millennium Pictures, Franchise Pictures, Moonstone Entertainment, American World Pictures, as well as many other independent production entities. As an attorney he has represented some of the leading independent motion picture production and distribution companies such as: Cannon Pictures, 21st Century Entertainment, Behavior Worldwide, Trimark Pictures (AKA Lion’s Gate Pictures), Fries Film Group, Showcase Entertainment, Providence Entertainment, Liberty International Inc., Crystal Sky Entertainment, Hannibal Pictures, as well as many others.
In his capacity as counsel for the numerous producers and distributors, he organized productions, arranged for financing and oversaw the distribution of each picture. In many instances he has followed up production financing with enforcement proceedings to collect and obtain profits and participation for his clients. He is currently involved with companies such as Blue Rider Pictures, as well as numerous European funds, all engaged in various form of bridge and/or production financing.
Mr Barab was the President of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association from 1997-1998. Mr. Barab was a member of the Beverly Hills Rotary Club (1989-2006), and now is a member of the Santa Fe Rotary Club. Martin is a member of the Producers Guild of America.