Negotiation Ethics for Lawyers: Hollywood Edition (Part One)

Zach McGee
September 08, 2023
Legal Ethics


In the latest installment in the popular “Negotiation Ethics for Lawyers” series, Zach McGee switches gears to show how negotiations are portrayed in some popular films. In part one, the subject is the remarkable film “Hotel Rwanda” where the main character, Paul Rusesabagina, played by Don Cheadle, pulls out every negotiation “dirty trick” in the book while he literally negotiates for his life and the lives of his family during the Rwandan genocide. Zach draws lessons from these examples that you can use in your next real world negotiation and illustrates the legal ethics rules that apply to lawyers when we negotiate.


Zachary S. McGee, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA

Zach McGee is a Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles where he negotiates distribution deals for feature films and television series. Before joining Sony Pictures, Zach held senior in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Miramax. Zach began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and as an associate with DavisPolk in New York, New York, and Menlo Park, California. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and he received his Masters of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Zach is also a successful entrepreneur and founder of educational content companies in the legal space.

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