THOMAS A. CROWELL, ESQ.                                AUTHOR

Thomas A. Crowell, Esq.

I’m a writer, attorney, and educator with a background in film and television production.

As a writer, I’m perhaps best known for The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers (Focal Press, 2ed. 2011), my best-selling legal guide for independent film and television producers. The book has been adopted as a core textbook in many film and law schools across the United States. I am also the series editor for Focal Press ( and its new line of “Pocket Lawyer for…” legal guides for artists and entertainment professionals. My newest book is “The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators” (Focal Press, 2014) — the very first dedicated legal guide for the comic book industry.

I’m a partner with the law firm of Lane Sash & Larrabee ( where I counsel clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues. I have done deals with industry leaders such as IDW Publishing, TLC, Elsevier Publishing, Starz, Discovery Communications, Focal Press, the Smithsonian Network, WE: The Women's Entertainment Network, Rubix Kube, The Science Technology Network, and Sony Entertainment. I’m admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to my private practice, I am the Director From Practice  of the Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo Law School (, where I also teach a course in film law. I’ve taught film and media law courses at Seton Hall Law School and School of Visual Arts, and I regularly lecture nationally on a variety of related topics. Some of the most fun I’ve had as a lecturer is presenting my “Protecting your Work,” seminars at New York Comic Con, which I have done since 2007.

A strong supporter of legal pro bono work for artists, I am the Executive Director emeritus of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Photo: Sheafe Walker, Esq.


To talk to me about a lecture, course, or book project, please use my personal 
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For legal services inquiries, please contact me through my law firm website, 

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