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Paul S. Levine
USC Gould School of Law

Paul S. Levine

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: January 20, 2021




Paul S. Levine is a lawyer and a literary agent. He began his entertainment law career straight out of law school, as an associate with the Law Offices of Stephen F. Rohde, where he specialized in entertainment litigation and entertainment transactions for almost seven years. While there, he represented Price/Stern/Sloan Publishers (creators of The Honeymooners and Mad Libs); Jack Kirby (creator of comics Captain America, Spiderman and Black Panther); and Elysium Institute, a Los Angeles County nudist colony.

He went on to work for the Business and Legal Affairs Department of Warner Bros. Television, where he spent nearly five years. He then moved to Hearst Entertainment, where he spent two years as resident counsel. In 1992, he established his own law practice which specializes in the representation of authors, writers, producers, actors, directors, composers, musicians, artists, photographers, galleries, publishers, developers, production companies and theater companies in the fields of motion pictures, television, interactive multimedia, live stage, recorded music, concerts, the visual arts, publishing and advertising. He still practices as both a transactional lawyer and as a litigator.

In 1998, Levine opened the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency, specializing in the representation of book authors and the sale of motion picture and TV rights in and to books. Since starting the agency, Levine has sold more than 150 fiction and non-fiction books to over 50 publishers and had numerous books developed as movies-for-television and feature films.

In addition, Levine very much enjoys public speaking, including to writer’s groups and at writer’s conferences, as well as at entertainment-related classes and seminars.

Levine was born in New York City and was raised and educated in Montreal. He received a Bachelor of Commerce, magna cum laude, from Concordia University in Montreal, then went on to earn his MBA from York University in Toronto, and received his JD from the University of Southern California in 1981.  

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Bloomberg Government
June 22, 2022
Re: Franita Tolson

Franita Tolson was interviewed about how federal lawsuits from North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas test the limits of the Voting Rights Act, the boundaries of state government authority, and the ability of voting rights groups to file racial gerrymandering cases. “These doctrines and approaches in these cases fundamentally reset the rules of the game,” she said. “In 2030 we will live in a completely different world than we lived in in 2020, and 2020 was not favorable to minority voters at all.”

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