Mark A. Merriman is a partner in the Entertainment Group where he practices in all aspects of entertainment law - with an emphasis on theatre and book publishing.
In his theatre practice, Mr. Merriman has acted as production counsel for numerous live stage productions such as “Sold”, “The Effect”, “The Grand Paradise”, “Songbird”, “Every Brilliant Thing”, "Heathers The Musical", the Broadway revival of the "Glass Menagerie", "Hit the Wall", "Scandalous", "Cock", "Once", "Tribes", "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the Musical", "Mistakes Were Made", "Our Town", "Adding Machine", "Gone Missing" and "No Child". Mark is currently working on several projects in development, including new productions created by Third Rail Projects, and PigPen Theatre Company. Mark also represents playwrights, bookwriters, composers, lyricists, dramaturgs, underlying rights holders, estates, music publishers, general managers, investors, co-producers, executive producers, directors, associate directors, resident directors, and other creative team personnel in the live stage industry. Prior to entering law school, he worked in the theatre industry on several long-running Broadway musicals, and served as the business manager of the WPA Theatre in New York City.
In his book publishing practice, Mark represents a variety of authors of fiction and non-fiction, estates, illustrators, and underlying rights owners in their agreements with publishers, agents and collaborators.
He currently serves as an adjunct professor of clinical law at Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Merriman is admitted to practice in New York.
awards & recognition
Praised by Chambers USA Leading Lawyer for Business in Media & Entertainment
New York-area "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine
Otterbein College (B.F.A in Theatre with Emphasis in Music)
Brooklyn Law School (JD)
- Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Society
- Member of the Order of the Barristers
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
Goodspeed Opera House Music Director Intensive
Mark Merriman speaks at the Goodspeed Opera House Music Director Intensive on copyright and legal and business issues the theatre industry.
January 23 2016
The Business of the Business
Mark Merriman presents "The Business of the Business", a discussion on the business elements involved in a career as a musical director, at a Music Direction Intensive program sponsored by Goodspeed Musicals.
January 24 2015
Columbia Business School Alumni’s Publishing in the Age of E-Books – Why Don’t E-Books Change?
Mark Merriman moderates a panel including executives from HarperCollins, Barnes & Noble, and Perseus Books.
March 15 2012
Legal Theatre Issues
Mark Merriman discusses "Legal Theatre Issues" at a Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society luncheon.
March 13 2012
Putting it Together: An Introduction to Entertainment Law Practice
Mark Merriman speak at "Putting it Together: An Introduction to Entertainment Law Practice", an NYSBA CLE seminar in the Concierge Conference Center New York City.
June 22 2011
The Law of the Stage: Issues in Theatre Law
Mark Merriman speaks at Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society's on "The Law of the Stage: Issues in Theatre Law" at Brooklyn Law School.
March 23 2011
Mark Merriman featured at the New York City Bar Association
Mark Merriman participates in the panel "Media Masala – Current Trends and Issues in US – India Film, Television and Music Programming, Production and Distribution" at the New York City Bar Association.
November 8 2010
news & press
Thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2016
Super Lawyers listed thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2016 edition.
City Theaters Go Dark in Summer Shakeout
Frankfurt Kurnit in Chambers 2016
For the twelfth consecutive year Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Frankfurt Kurnit. Chambers USA ranked us for our: Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory, Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright, Media & Entertainment: Entertainment Litigation, and Media & Entertainment: Film, Music, Television & Theater work.
Thirty-seven Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2015
Super Lawyers listed thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2015 edition.
Frankfurt Kurnit in Chambers 2015
For the eleventh consecutive year Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Frankfurt Kurnit.
Thirty-four Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2014
Super Lawyers listed thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2014 edition.
Frankfurt Kurnit in Chambers 2014
For the tenth consecutive year Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Frankfurt Kurnit.
Thirty-two Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2013
Twenty-four Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named 2012 NY-Area “Super Lawyers”
Super Lawyers listed twenty-four Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2012 edition.
Frankfurt Kurnit in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers For Business 2011
For the seventh consecutive year Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Frankfurt Kurnit.