Mandell Menkes merges with Leavens, Strand & Glover


Mandell Menkes
merges with
Leavens, Strand & Glover
to expand media and
entertainment practice
within full-service law firm

(Chicago — 15 November 2018)Mandell Menkes and entertainment law boutique Leavens, Strand & Glover announced that they are joining forces effective January 1, 2019.

The combination expands Mandell Menkes’ media and entertainment practice, giving its large media, advertising and entertainment clients access to the deep experience of Tom Leavens, Peter Strand and their team.

Leavens, Strand & Glover’s media and entertainment industry clients will be able to draw on Mandell Menkes’ highly-regarded litigators, corporate, commercial transactional and intellectual property attorneys.

Steve Mandell
Steve Mandell

The firm will continue to be known as Mandell Menkes and will boast 18 attorneys in Chicago, Nashville, Tenn. and Grand Rapids, Mich.

“We have long admired Tom, Peter and their colleagues for the tremendous reputation they have built in the entertainment, film, and music law arenas — in both their client work and their deep commitment to pro bono representation of emerging artists,” said Steve Mandell.

Mandell, a 1982 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, is a founding partner of Mandell Menkes. His experience includes intellectual property, information technology, media and advertising, class action, and insurance law.

“Their depth of experience in media, entertainment and the arts is the perfect complement to our media and entertainment practice, and we look forward to offering a broader range of services to our combined client base,” he added.

Tom Leavens, a founding partner at Leavens Strand & Glover, shares his new colleague’s enthusiasm and respect.

Tom Leavens
Tom Leavens

“From our first conversations, we knew this was an unparalleled pairing of practices that would provide enormous benefits to our nationwide client base,” said Tom Leavens. “We are thrilled to be joining forces with Steve, Bruce Menkes and the other highly-regarded attorneys at Mandell Menkes to create a premier firm focused on helping clients grow and protect their assets.”

After graduating cum laude with an A.B. from the University of Michigan, Leavens earned a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. He is currently in-house counsel for a number of media and recording companies.

Leavens, Strand and Linda Mensch join in Chicago, while Hillel Frankel represents the firm’s Tennessee office and Joe Voss joins in Michigan. Leavens, Strand & Glover founding partner Jerry Glover retired from the firm in 2017.

About Mandell Menkes
Mandell Menkes has been delivering high quality legal services and unrivaled personal attention to clients on complex litigation, business transactions, corporate and intellectual property matters for nearly 25 years. The firm represents a broad range of sophisticated businesses across the globe, including Fortune 500 companies, leading media and entertainment organizations, technology businesses, financial institutions and major healthcare providers.

About Leavens, Strand & Glover
Since its founding in 2009, Leavens, Strand & Glover has been one of the best-known entertainment law boutiques in the country, with Chambers & Partners continuously rating the firm and its partners in Band 1, its highest rating. Its attorneys have received Best Lawyers’ ultimate Illinois honor of “Lawyer of the Year” a dozen times for Entertainment Law – Music and for Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television. In September, the firm also dominated Leading Lawyers’ Top 10 List for Arts, Entertainment & Sports with four ranked attorneys.

Source: The Brumbaugh Group