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Deborah Hrbek

Principal / Senior Attorney
dhrbek@hrbeklaw.com
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Office: 212.480.2400

295 Madison Ave, 22nd Floor
New York, New York 10017

Deborah Hrbek is the firm's founder. Focusing her practice on entertainment and small business law, Hrbek represents creative professionals, entrepreneurs and artists, including independent labels, TV and film production companies, directors, talent, writers, managers, spokespersons, musicians, independent 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, international award-winning novelists and independent creative professionals from all areas of the arts.

Hrbek's small business clients include independent publishing houses and magazines, wine bars, brewers and distilleries, restaurant owners, software development, app developers, virtual reality producers and start-up 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.

Hrbek has practiced law in New York since 1993, with intervening stints in the British Virgin Islands and Costa Rica.  She started her own law firm, Hrbek Law LLC, in Manhattan in 2002.

Hrbek pays close attention to the needs and priorities of her clients, helps them to distinguish between short- and long-term legal projects, and to determine what legal tasks can be accomplished realistically within the client's budget.  As early as the initial consultation, Hrbek works with her clients to develop an effective strategy designed to move them closer to accomplishing their business and professional goals.  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.

EDUCATION

MA Law, Kings College, Cambridge University, UK, 1992

BA Law, Kings College, Cambridge University, UK, 1988

BAR ADMISSIONS
New 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 AFFILIATIONS

National Lawyers Guild

NYWIFT - NY Women in Film & Television

The Players (www.theplayersnyc.org)
AREAS OF PRACTICE

Entertainment and Multi-media
Film / Movies
Film Distribution
Film Festivals

Television Production
Web TV and webisodes, virtual reality producers

Merchandizing and Fashion

Designers and Consultants

Musicians
Music Distribution
Independent Music Companies
Publishing - writers, publishing companies and literary agents
Management
Agents / Representation
Promotion
Distribution

Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations

Software Developers, App Developers
TechnologyIT - Information Technology
E-Commerce

PUBLICATIONS

Video Marketing for Dummies, Kevin Daum et al, (c) 2012 John Wiley & Sons.  Deborah Hrbek edited Chapter 8: Making it Legal, and created the legal forms for the publication.

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.

Effectively Marketing a Solo or Small Firm Practice, Deborah Hrbek and Jill Miller, 2010 New York Law Journal special supplement on Entrepreneurs & the Law.

Only Connect: The Case for Collaboration, Deborah Hrbek, 2011 New York Law Journal special supplement on Entrepreneurs & the Law.

FEATURED PRO BONO ACTIVITIES
National Lawyers Guild, NYC Chapter
Provide free legal representation to civil rights demonstrators, entity formation and transactional matters for Occupy Wall Street participants including Rolling Jubilee Fund.
Education

MA Law, Kings College, Cambridge University, UK, 1992

BA Law, Kings College, Cambridge University, UK, 1988

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice New 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

Industry Areas

Entertainment
Film / Movies
Film Financing
Film Festivals

Film Distribution

Production
Directing

Musicians
Music Distribution
Independent Music Companies
Publishing
Management
Agents / Representation
Promotion
Distribution
Entertainment Litigation
Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations
Software
Technology
IT - Information  Technology
E-Commerce

Articles

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
National Lawyers Guild, NYC Chapter
Provide free legal representation to civil rights demonstrators.