About the Firm

Talbott & Talbott is a boutique law firm located in Malibu California that specializes in high technology entertainment law. Talbott & Talbott's clients include Internet, music, film, television companies and actors and actresses. However, beyond being just lawyers, Talbott & Talbott's attorneys have real world experience working in the high technology arena as engineers and the entertainment industry as producers. This practical experience allows Talbott & Talbott to negotiate and draft technology and entertainment contracts that offer their clients maximum protection in the rapidly changing and confusing convergence environment.


James N. Talbott

Attorney, author and technologist Jim Talbott is an expert in entertainment, technology and new media law. His practice focuses on the transactional drafting of all forms of technology, talent, feature film financing and other matters involving intellectual property licensing, including general business agreements in the entertainment and high technology industries for over 15 years. Mr. Talbott has extensive knowledge with respect to technology, copyrights, trade secrets, employment agreements, and patent law spanning the full spectrum of digital and traditional media. His practice includes a full range of intellectual property and entertainment clients.


Mr. Talbott's experience as a practicing engineer includes some 20 years as a computer and television engineer. He has provided engineering design and services for ABC Television, ABC News and RCA Corporation, in addition to numerous AM, FM, and cable television stations throughout the United States. Naturally, his legal and technical expertise form a powerful combination for serving Internet and "convergence" companies.


In addition to being a practicing lawyer, Mr. Talbott is an author, editor, and frequent lecturer. He has authored and co-authored several books, the latest book being New Media: Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Technology Law published by Clark Boardman (1997-1999). His articles have also appeared in the American Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Lawyer and The European Intellectual Property Review among others, the topics of which include: Intellectual Property Law, Entertainment & Technology, Copyrights, Unfair Competition, Regulation of the Internet, and Software Taxation.


Mary Ellen Talbott

Mary Ellen Talbott, semi-retired, is now of counsel to the firm. Mary Ellen has been a member of the bar since 1963 and besides having her own practice for 10 years, spent twenty years as a municipal and Superior Court Judge. She has over 40 written and reported decisions from her years on the bench.


Talbott & Talbott has numerous individuals affiliated with the firm, both attorneys and non-attorneys, who are all experts in their respective fields and have offered their assistance when the need arises. With the help of these experts, Talbott & Talbott is able to offer cutting edge legal solution to cutting edge industry issues.