EDUCATION

Loyola Law School

Juris Doctorate (J.D.)

U.C.L.A.

B.S. Psychobiology

Cum Laude

Dean's List

Honor's List

UCLA Program in Entertainment Studies and Business Affairs

Specialization in Film

DISTINCTIONS

2014 SuperLawyers

2014 Rising Stars distinction

2015 SuperLawyers

2015 Rising Star distinction

ADMISSIONS

California

District of Columbia

New York pending

U.S. District Court

Central District of California


AFFILIATIONS

Bel Air Film Festival

Advisory Board

The Dr. Keikhosrow Ahouraian, M.D. Foundation

Founder; Human Rights Non-Profit Organization

Mitra Ahouraian, Esq

Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney Mitra Ahouraian launched her legal career working with globally-renouned firms, developing a foundation in Business Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Corporate Law before branching off into Entertainment. With degrees from both UCLA and Loyola Law School, and a specialty from UCLA in Entertainment Studies with an emphasis in Business and Legal Affairs, Mitra has worked in legal affairs at MTV, has worked on the merger of 2 major record labels, and has been of-counsel to several high-profile breach of contract and copyright cases involving artists, major studios, and record companies. Her entertainment practice specializes in film and entertainment financing, negotiating and structuring artist and production deals, and all intellectual property and corporate matters, including rights clearance, licensing, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Mitra has extensive experience in film, music, and books, and served as General Counsel to independent book and audio book publisher Phoenix Books (and subsidiary companies Phoenix Books and Audio, Inc, Dove Books, and Phoenix Books and Film), for whom she negotiated and drafted hundreds of book and audio book publishing agreements and other agreements pertaining to titles which include Larry King's My Remarkable Journey, Carl Reiner's most recent books, Robert Evans' The Kid Stays in the Picture, Bill Maher's audio books, and books by Governor Rod Blagojevich, CNN host Jim Moret, and Gene Simmons, to name just a few.


Mitra's film experience includes finance and production legal for the film Girl Soldier, starring Uma Thurman, and production deals for the film Battlefield America.  Mitra's film practice specializes in intellectual property, film finance, corporate law, and production advising on all aspects of motion picture and television development, financing, production and distribution. Her experience includes advising of state and federal (Section 181 of the U.S. Tax Code) production tax incentives. She represents actors, writers, directors, producers, financiers and lenders. Mitra developed her film finance expertise working with boutique bi-coastal entertainment law firm Goodloe Law, whose principal clients have included Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema, Universal Pictures, Miramax Films, Warner Bros. Pictures, Endemol Group B.V., Fallbrook Credit Finance and an array of independent producers for whom they have advised the structuring and allocation of over 1 billion USD (into films including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Core, The Fighting Temptations, Marci X, Looney Tunes Back in Action!, Malibu's Most Wanted, Paycheck, among others).

Mitra is also a founding member and general counsel to Crimson World, LLC, an independent artist development company co-founded by a recording artist in partnership with Universal Music Group, and backed by Grammy award-winning producers and songwriters. In this capacity, she established the corporate structure, put together investment packages, and negotiated and drafted investment agreements, along with recording and production agreements with artists and producers, such as complex 360° artist agreements. With an in-depth understanding of the music industry, and foresight, creativity and keen business sense, Mitra helped Crimson World develop a comprehensive business model to monetize music within a changing landscape, using recording artists as the platform for developing assets in all media. Crimson World's successes include the development of Platinum-selling artist Andy Grammer, who became the first male pop star in a decade since John Mayer in 2002, to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles,"Keep Your Head Up" and "Fine By Me", certified Platinum and Gold respectively, released by S-Curve in 2011 and selling more than 1.5 million downloads combined.