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One of the founding partners of SmithDehn LLP, Mike focuses his practice on legal counseling for film and television production companies around the world. He regularly provides pre-publication counseling and review for television programming and feature documentaries broadcast by networks and streaming services such as the Discovery Channel, Netflix, Apple+, Amazon, HBO, CNN and National Geographic, and has also performed production counsel work for many major motion pictures and feature documentaries, including among others, Sacha Baron Cohen’s BORAT and BRUNO, THE IMPOSTER, AMERICAN ANIMALS, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS and LEAVING NEVERLAND. In this connection, Mike advises clients on First Amendment matters, libel, rights of privacy and publicity, copyright and trademark, and all other potential legal issues relevant to the production and broadcast of television and film content.
Mike lives and works from our satellite location in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.