When people go into business together, they hope for the best. But what happens when things go astray and it is time to break up the business? This program covers how best to protect against business divorce from day one and how to break-up a business with minimal heartache. In this program Joel Tantalo and Michael Adler explore several topics on business divorce, including the circumstances when business divorces usually occur, how to protect against them, and best to handle them.
Michael Adler, Partner, Tantalo & Adler, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Joel Tantalo, Partner, Tantalo & Adler, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Joel is a complex commercial litigator with experience in state and federal courts and before mediators and arbitrators who has represented clients involved in significant business disputes in a wide variety of industries, including the media and entertainment, technology, automotive, financial services, healthcare, hospitality and even legal services industries. Joel is also an experienced entertainment transactional attorney with a particular appreciation for the unique issues of television production. Joel has worked on numerous television series and projects from development through production, broadcast and post-broadcast exploitation, and he has routinely provided advice in the areas of defamation, rights of publicity and privacy, copyright and trademark infringement and dilution and risk management. Law & Politics and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine have named Joel a Southern California “Rising Star” every year since 2005. He was also honored to participate in the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Project, through which he served as a pro bono prosecutor for the City of Inglewood, successfully trying a number of misdemeanor criminal trials to verdict. Joel started his career at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he was a litigation associate in the firm’s Century City and Los Angeles offices from September 1999 through June 2005 (except for a brief stint at Nixon Peabody LLP in Rochester, NY from November 2000 to April 2001). From July 2005 until Tantalo & Adler LLP was formed in October 2006, Joel was in-house counsel in the Law Department of the NBC Universal Television Group.
Michael has represented a wide range of clients, from individual entrepreneurs through some of the largest Fortune 500 companies, when they sought cost-efficient and effective counsel. Michael is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as an Editor for the Yale Law Journal. He is also a graduate of the National Institute on Trial Advocacy’s in-depth course on trial skills. Law & Politics and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine have named Michael a California "SuperLawyer" for nine years running (2007 onward) after naming him a California “Rising Star” in 2006. Michael began his career as a litigation associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and thereafter served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson and, later, to the Honorable Gary A. Feess, both United States District Court Judges for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. Michael then joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he was a litigation associate in the firm’s Century City and Los Angeles offices for more than six years before forming Tantalo & Adler LLP.