Allen Grubman

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Allen J. Grubman
Born Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York
Alma mater
Occupation Entertainment lawyer
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s) Debbie Grubman
Children Lizzie Grubman and Jennifer Grubman

Allen J. Grubman is an American entertainment lawyer.

Grubman was born and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and graduated from City College of New York and Brooklyn Law School.

His clients include superstars and top record companies and their executives.[1] In 1992 Business Week reported that he was considered "the most powerful lawyer in the music business," and in 2001 Newsweek called him "perhaps the music industry's wealthiest and most powerful attorney".

Biography[edit]

Grubman was born in and grew up in Crown Heights, in Brooklyn, New York.[1][2][3] He attended City College of New York, where he earned a B.B.A.[4]

His father's children's underwear business failed, and Grubman had to borrow money to pay law school admission fees.[3] While attending Brooklyn Law School, where he earned a J.D., he worked in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency and as a CBS page.[1]

After graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 1967, he wrote various lawyers asking for a job. When an attorney named Walter Hofer met with him, he recalled:

I didn't know what to say, so I tried to get him to like me. I said, 'I really want to work for you, but I don't come from a very wealthy family, so I can't afford to pay you very much to hire me.'[3]

Hofer hired him to work in his music law firm as an associate for $125-per-week ($900 in current dollar terms).[1][3][5][6]

Grubman subsequently went out on his own. In the 1970s, he signed obscure disco artists who later became popular, and thereafter he signed a number of stars.[1] Grubman started a firm with fellow Brooklyn Law School graduates Paul Schindler ('71) and Arthur Indursky ('67) in 1974, and upon Schindler's departure the firm was known as Grubman Indursky & Shire.[1][3] In 1982 he landed one of his biggest clients, Bruce Springsteen.[1] In 2005, the firm had grown to 30 attorneys.[7]

In 1992 Business Week reported that Grubman was considered "the most powerful lawyer in the music business."[1] In 2001, Newsweek called him "perhaps the music industry's wealthiest and most powerful attorney".[8]

His clients have included Springsteen, Madonna, U2, John Mellencamp, Rod Stewart, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Luther Vandross, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.[9][10]

Family[edit]

Daughter Lizzie Grubman

After graduating from law school, while he was still living at his parents' home, he met his first wife, Yvette Fischer Grubman.[11] She divorced him in 1988 after 19 years of marriage, and died of cancer in 2001 at the age of 58.[12][12]

They had two daughters, their elder being Lizzie Grubman, a celebrity publicist. Their younger daughter Jennifer Grubman Rothenberg holds a BA from Boston University and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, is President of Innovative Philanthropy, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Cardozo Law School.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

Grubman remarried in 1991, at the New York Public Library.[15] His second wife is Debbie Grubman (née Haimoff), a Manhattan real-estate broker.[18][19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Music Rap: The Case Against Allen Grubman". Business Week. November 1, 1992. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lebron's Lawyer Delivers the Media and Society Lecture". Brooklaw.edu. December 1, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Patrick Goldstein (December 20, 1998). "The Wheeler-Dealer of Rock 'n' Roll". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Allen J. Grubman Lawyer Profile". Martindale.com. August 10, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Fredric Dannen (2011). Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business. Random House. 
  6. ^ "Media & Society Lecture – Reflections on a Career in Entertainment Law with Allen Grubman '67". Brooklaw.edu. October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Elizabeth Guider (November 10, 2005). "Legal eagle Grubman makes Shire a partner". Variety. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ Newsweek. 2001. 
  9. ^ "The Wheeler-Dealer of Rock 'n' Roll; With Clients Such As Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Puffy Combs, Attorney Allen Grubman is the Big Macher of the Music Business". Los Angeles Times. November 22, 1998. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Media & Society Lecture – Reflections on a Career in Entertainment Law with Allen Grubman '67". Brooklaw.edu. October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ Vanity Fair. 1991. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c Mitchell Fink (August 2, 2001). "Grubman Mom Loses Cancer Battle". NY Daily News. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jennifer Rothenberg". The Washington Market School. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Team of Consultants". Joyful Heart Foundation. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "The Wheeler-Dealer of Rock 'n' Roll". Los Angeles Times. December 20, 1998. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  16. ^ Williams, Alex (July 30, 2001). "Reversal of Fortune". New York Magazine. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  17. ^ Froelich, Paula (August 2, 2001). "Heartbreak for Lizzie as her mom dies at 58". New York Post. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  18. ^ Williams, Alex (July 30, 2001). "Reversal of Fortune". Nymag.com. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Vanity Fair". Condé Nast Publications. 1991. 
  20. ^ Liz Smith (October 15, 1991). "She Went to Their Wedding". Newsday. Retrieved October 21, 2013.