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Peter J Dekom, Esq

Peter J Dekom, a Law Corporation

 Noted author & lecturer, Peter Dekom focuses on film and television. Formerly with Bloom, Dekom & Hergott, his clients have included George Lucas, Keenen Ivory Wayans, John Travolta, Ron Howard, Andy Davis, Sears & JVC. As an advisor to New Mexico, he was an architect of their film incentives. Listed in Forbes in the top 100 U.S. lawyers & in Premiere Magazine in 50 most powerful people in Hollywood. Entertainment Lawyer of the Year by Beverly Hills & Century City Bar Associations.

Peter J. Dekom was “of counsel” with the Beverly Hills law firm of Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall. He formerly was a partner in the firm of Bloom, Dekom, Hergott, and Cook. Mr. Dekom’s clients include or have included such Hollywood notables as George Lucas, Peter Chernin, Paul Haggis, Keenen Ivory Wayans, John Travolta, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Andy Davis, Robert Towne and Larry Gordon among many others, as well as corporate clients such as Sears, Roebuck and Co., Pacific Telesis and Japan Victor Corporation (JVC). He has been listed in Forbes among the top 100 lawyers in the United States and in Premiere Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful people in Hollywood. In September of this year, Daily Variety named Dekom as one of the 15 top dealmaker-attorneys in the entertainment/media industry.

Mr. Dekom has been a management/marketing consultant, and entrepreneur in the fields of entertainment, Internet, and telecommunications. As a Film Advisor to the New Mexico State Investment Council, he is and was a principal architect involved in creating, writing and implementing legislation to encourage film and television production in the state and currently supervises the film loan program portion of that incentive structure. He also advises Governor Bill Richardson on film and television-related matters. New Mexico’s film incentive program has been touted as one of America’s most successful state programs, resulting in significant infrastructure development, job creation, and sustainable economic development. Mr. Dekom has also been instrumental in structuring off-balance sheet, insurance-backed financing for major motion picture studios.

Mr. Dekom served on the board of directors of Imagine Films Entertainment while the company remained publicly traded and was a board member of Will Vinton Studios and Cinebase Software, among others, leaving upon change of ownership. He has also served as a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Academy Foundation, Board of Directors, Chairman (now Emeritus) of the American Cinematheque, and on the Advisory Board of the Shanghai International Film Festival. He is currently on the Board of Governors for the America Bar Assn.’s Sports and Entertainment Law Section, where he has often authored articles and delivered lectures. ©2010 WWBCGE. All Rights Reserved.

The Beverly Hills Bar Association honored Mr. Dekom as Entertainment Lawyer of the Year in 1994, the Century City Bar Association accorded him the same honor in 2004, and the Family Assistance Program named him Man of the Year in 1992 for his work with the homeless. Author of dozens of scholarly articles, Mr. Dekom also is the co-author of the book Not on My Watch; Hollywood vs. the Future (New Millennium Publishing, 2003) with Peter Sealey. He has served as an adjunct professor in the UCLA Film School, a lecturer (entertainment marketing) at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business as well as being a featured speaker at film festivals, corporations, universities and bar associations all over the world.

Mr. Dekom graduated from Yale in 1968 (BA) and graduated first in his class in 1973 from the UCLA School of Law (JD). He is married to Kelley Choate and has a son, Christopher (b. 1983), who is a 2006 graduate of Duke University and is an investment officer with the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.