Deborah HrbekPrincipal / Senior Attorney
Deborah Hrbek is the firm's founder. Focusing her practice on entertainment and small business law, Hrbek represents creative professionals, entrepreneurs and artists, including indie labels, TV and film production companies, directors, talent, writers, managers, spokespersons, musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, graphic artists and photographers, as well as investors in the arts. Hrbek's Featured Client artist roster includes an Oscar winning film production team, Internet sensation "Obama Girl," and a novelist short-listed for the Booker Prize.
Hrbek's small business clients include independent publishing houses and magazines, restaurant owners, software development and other technology companies, social networking sites and other Internet-based business ventures. With this broad corporate and entertainment industry background, Hrbek has been able to provide effective representation to parties involved in the multi-platform, transmedia deals that fuel the new media industry.
Born in Princeton, N.J., Hrbek was raised in Palo Alto, California and London, England. She received her law degree at King's College, Cambridge University, and went on to qualify as a barrister in England. She argued cases and conducted trials in London's Magistrates' Courts, the High Courts and the Old Bailey, under her maiden name of Deborah Weich.
After an initial 8-year stint in New York City starting in 1990, Hrbek moved to the British Virgin Islands and practiced law at a BVI-based international corporate law firm for two years. It was the height of the dot-com boom, and most of the firm's clients were in the technology business. Hrbek prepared investment agreements and other financing documents for international technology companies raising capital through IPOs and private placements, and also handled international corporate litigation. She chaired the BVI Association of Registered Agents' e-Commerce Working Group (1999-2000) and drafted that group's Report and Recommendations to the BVI Government. After transferring back to New York City to work at Beck & Arad LLP, the New York firm affiliated with her BVI employer, Hrbek started her own law firm in Manhattan in 2002.
Hrbek's ability to hone in on her clients' needs enables her readily to devise an effective strategy, usually in the course of the initial consultation. Hrbek has a strong, engaging personality and a practical approach to problem solving and business planning. Her broad experience in a variety of cultures gives her a unique sensitivity and perspective in every aspect of her practice.
Deborah Hrbek lives in Brooklyn with her saxophonist husband, Joe Hrbek, and their two dogs, Ruby & Rio.
MA Law, Kings College, Cambridge University, UK, 1992
BA Law, Kings College, Cambridge University, UK, 1988
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeNew York State, 1993
United States Supreme Court, 1997
England & Wales, 1989
United States District Court Southern District of New York (SDNY), 2003
United States District Court Eastern District of New York (EDNY), 1995
Eastern Caribbean States Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands), 1999
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
National Lawyers Guild
Mass Defense Committee 1992-8, Co-Chair 1997-8, Executive Committee 2004-7.
NYWIFT - NY Women in Film & Television
International Association for Jazz Education
New York State Bar Association, Sports & Entertainment Law Section
Film / Movies
Independent Music Companies
Agents / Representation
Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations
IT - Information Technology
Beating the Dot-Cons: How to Minimize Exposure to Internet Fraud, Deborah Hrbek, Financial Crime Review (Institutional Investor) Vol.1 No.2, Winter 2000
Risk management techniques for online merchants to keep Internet predators at bay.
Featured Pro Bono Activities
Provide free legal representation to civil rights demonstrators.