Lauren Menkes is a transactional entertainment attorney with over 30 years of experience spanning all aspects of the television/streaming, motion picture and literary industries including scripted, unscripted, live action and animated formats. Lauren’s current roster of clients includes authors, screenwriters, speakers, journalists, directors, producers, actors/reality talent, models, business executives, graphic designers, literary agents. Lauren diligently guides her clients from the development through distribution stages to protect their intellectual property and brand status.
Since May 2017, Lauren has worked remotely from Bethesda, Maryland as Senior Counsel for Boyarski Fritz LLP (an entertainment, media and intellectual property law firm with offices in New York City and Los Angeles) where her responsibilities include working on major television, streaming, feature and podcast transactions for the firm’s celebrity clients. Prior to joining Boyarski Fritz, Lauren had her own private practice for several years after working at Wise Entertainment Law, where she negotiated, drafted and revised reality television development and production contracts for the firm’s numerous production company clients. At Wise, she was also production counsel for numerous unscripted pilots and series as well as handled executive employment agreements and speaking engagement agreements for individual clients.
Before private practice, Lauren spent two decades in Los Angeles as an in-house legal and business affairs executive for various companies including, United Talent Agency, Comedy Central, Walt Disney Television, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, and Vidmark (now Lionsgate), handling all transactional aspects of the entertainment industry.
Lauren is an active member of the New York and Maryland Bars and an inactive member of the California and District of Columbia Bars. Lauren graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. degree from Duke University and received her J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law.
Lauren is a Board Member of Women in Film & Video (since June, 2017) and of DukeDC (since June, 2020) as a representative of Duke Entertainment Media & Arts Network (DEMAN). She does pro bono legal work through MDVLA and WALA, volunteers for several other charitable organizations and mentors students and young adults in professional and/or artistic fields.