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While working in-house at studios like Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures, Black used to reach out to outside counsel when new areas of the law arose. But the responses tended to be disappointing.

"I so often heard, 'Oh - pause - we don't do that,' staggering, 'but there's a great firm that we farm it out to,'" Black recalled.

"I don't like to be farmed out," said Black, who promised himself then and there that if he ever went into private practice, he'd be someone who "does the homework, rolls up the sleeves and develops an expertise in whatever the [new] platforms are."

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