Michael Blaha

Adjunct Professor of Law / Attorney at Law

B.A., cum laude, University of Miami, 1976
J.D.,  Duke University, 1979

Member, California State Bar

Joined Southwestern: 1984

Career Highlights: Professor Blaha has over 38 years of legal experience and a comprehensive understanding of the entertainment industry. He represents producers, writers, directors, musicians, photographers, record labels, production companies and other members of the entertainment industry. He has established a solid reputation for excellence in the entertainment law community in Los Angeles, the across the country, and around the globe.

Professor Blaha’s litigation practice has included representing plaintiffs and defendants in idea theft, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, rights of publicity, and defamation cases and disputes regarding the financing, production or distribution of film, television, and music.

He has served as an expert witness in litigation matters in the United States, France, and The Philippines. Professor Blaha is also an Arbitrator for the Independent Film and Television Alliance.

In addition to his law practice and teaching, Professor Blaha is an award winning film and theater producer. His Los Angeles stage credits include “Job: The Hip-Hopera” (Stella Adler Theater; Los Angeles Drama Critics and LA Weekly Best Musical nominations) and several productions at the Hollywood Fringe since 2012, including “Richard Parker” (Best International Production”). Other U.S. stage credits include “Bukowsical” in Los Angeles and at the New York Fringe, where it won the Best Musical Award, and “runt” (Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York).

Internationally, Professor Blaha has produced over 40 shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including: “runt” (Fringe First; Sony Radio Academy Award winner for Best Drama for BBC World Service production); “Sabotage: In Fine Form” (Perrier Best Newcomer Nominee); “This Is So Not About The Simpsons” (starring Harry Shearer); and, “The Pajama Men” (The Times Double Act of the Year) in two sold-out runs at the Soho Theater in London).

Blaha’s film producing credits include “Chi Girl,” (Slamdance Grand Jury Prize Winner), “Tropicalia” (Telluride Film Festival selection) and the short film “Legend of Beaver Dam” (multiple international Best Short Awards and Honorable Mention, Sundance Film Festival). He is also the President of the Board of Directors of New Musicals, Inc., a non-profit professional development organization and on the Board of Directors of Filmmakers’ Alliance.

“As a practicing attorney, teaching is an invaluable experience – it requires you to explain legal principles clearly to your students, which is very helpful in communicating effectively to clients, and in staying current on the state of the law in your field. I have especially enjoyed teaching at Southwestern due to the diverse backgrounds and life experiences of the students and their commitment to learning.”

Selected Achievements

Southwestern / Biederman Institute Outstanding Adjunct Professor – 2017

Named to Super Lawyers: 2012 – 2015

Spirit of the Fringe Award (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) – 2005