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Paul D. Schindler

Paul D. Schindler is the Senior Chair of the New York Entertainment and Media Practice. Paul and Allen Grubman established a law firm in May 1974 and were joined shortly thereafter by Arthur Indursky. Together they formed the law firm of Grubman Indursky & Schindler, P.C. Over the years, Paul Schindler has served as counsel to numerous award-winning, multi-platinum musical artists, producers, record labels, and various types of entertainment companies.


  • Entertainment law, including music, film and television
  • Contract negotiations and renegotiations for superstar recording artists, producers, high profile entertainment executives, celebrities and corporations
  • Production, label, distribution and joint venture agreements
  • Licensing, merchandising, fashion, fragrance and cosmetics deals
  • Soundtrack agreements for major motion pictures
  • Literary agreements with major book publishers
  • Sponsorship, endorsement and touring agreements
  • Corporate acquisitions, mergers and consultation of National and International entertainment companies and individuals
  • Executive compensation agreements
  • Sale of entertainment catalogues
  • Representation of numerous significant songwriters in publishing and joint venture agreements with major publishing companies
  • Negotiation of theater and recording agreements



  • Negotiated numerous complex agreements for music superstars, record labels and various entertainment companies. Negotiated sale of record labels, publishing companies, merchandising companies, talent/booking agencies and management companies, including:
    • Madonna Joint Venture with Time Warner
    • Renegotiation Deborah Gibson/Atlantic Records
    • Renegotiation Kiss/PolyGram Records
    • Woodstock Festival Agreements
    • Michael Ritto/Medley/sale to EMI
    • Renegotiation Michael Bolton/Sony Records
    • Structured, negotiated, and implemented aspects of the creation and development of House of Blues
    • Renegotiation Men at Work/Sony Records
    • Renegotiation Ricky Martin/Sony Records
    • Renegotiation So So Def/Sony Records
    • Ruffhouse sale to Sony
    • Sale of Def Jam Records
    • Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson/"Newlyweds"/MTV show
    • Sale of MVO Agency (Vlasic) to ICM
    • Sale of Fantasma Promotions (John Stall) to Live Nation
    • Renegotiation of Mana Records Agreement with Warner Brothers Records
    • Ashlee Simpson/MTV show
    • The Osbournes/MTV show
    • Sharon Osbourne/Warner Bros. TV show
    • Nick Lachey/MTV show
    • Carson Daly "Last Call with Carson Daly"/NBC
    • Carson Daly "TRL"/MTV
    • Carson Daly/ Premiere Radio Networks
    • Renegotiation Shakira/Sony
    • Renegotiation Alicia Keys/J Records and EMI Publishing
    • Sale of Uptown Records
    • Renegotiation Bon Jovi/PolyGram Records
    • Vera Wang/Fragrance deal with Unilever
    • Russell Simmons/Phat Fashions
    • Signatures Network Merchandising/Sales agreements with Sony, MCA & CMGI
    • Sale of World Online Merchandising
    • Sale of Mushroom Records Australia to News Corp. Ltd.
    • Structured, negotiated, and implemented aspects of the creation and development of Red Ant Records
    • Mitch Slater/Metropolitan Entertainment sale to Clear Channel
    • Renegotiation Marc Anthony/Sony Records
  • Former Senior Partner, Grubman Indursky & Schindler, P.C.


  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law - Music, 2007-2021
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2006-2019
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2006-2020
  • Named, Billboard magazine, "Top Music Lawyers," 2017-2018 and 2020
  • Listed, Variety, “Dealmakers Elite: New York," September 26, 2017
  • Listed, Variety, "Legal Impact Report," 2014
  • Listed, Variety's Dealmakers Impact Report, 2012
  • Named, U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Law Firm of the Year" in Entertainment Law - Music, 2011-2012
  • Profiled, "Power Lawyers: Top 100 Outside Counsel," The Hollywood Reporter, 2010
  • Listed, Who's Who in Entertainment
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Media and Entertainment - Film, Music and TV, 2007
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • National organizations
    • Executive Committee, Lifebeat
    • Executive Committee, TJ Martell Foundation
    • Executive Committee, Nordoff Robbins
    • Executive Committee, NARAS/Grammy's Entertainment Law Initiative
    • Executive Committee, City of Hope
  • New York City organizations - Memberships/Patrons
    • Family Membership, Abigail Adams Smith Museum
    • Chapin School Parents Association
    • Wildlife Conservation Society
    • Central Park Playground Partners
    • Museum of American Folk Art
    • Central Park Conservatory
    • National Trust for Historic Preservation
    • Museum of Modern Art
    • Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association
  • Quogue Local organizations - Memberships/Patrons
    • Quogue Association, Inc.
    • East End Hospice
    • Quogue Wildlife Association
    • Quogue Junior Theater Troupe
    • Southampton Hospital Association
    • Quogue Library
  • Clubs
    • New York Athletic Club, New York, New York
    • Shinnecock Yacht Club, Quogue, New York
    • La Ronde Beach Club, Westhampton Beach, New York


  • 法務博士, Brooklyn Law School, 1971
  • 学士号, Syracuse University, 1968
  • 米国 ニューヨーク州