Getting To Know
Marissa Crespo is an entertainment and business law attorney, author, and entrepreneur. As the principal of Crespo Law Office, P.C., she represents entertainment content creators, multi-national publicly traded companies, private corporations, and media conglomerates in complex commercial deals and entertainment transactions.
Acknowledging her passion to bring more of a personable approach as a lawyer, while leveraging her previous corporate experience working for an AmLaw 100 firm, Ms. Crespo chose a more entrepreneurial path in starting her own law firm to provide premium quality representation, with a culture centered on exceptional customer service and professionalism. Noted as the self-proclaimed "The Culture Curator®" she creatively crafts and curates intellectual property works from a legal perspective to help protect the cultural narrative and voices of her clients. Whether she is representing more conservative corporations or more progressive, entrepreneurial content creators and companies, Ms. Crespo provides a chameleon-style approach to adapt to the short-term and long-term business goals of each client.
In the entertainment industry, Ms. Crespo has been involved in deals for television shows on major networks such as NBC, VH1, Bravo, and WE tv, including such shows as Love and Hip-Hop and the Real Housewives franchises, and has negotiated development deals for scripted and unscripted television shows and films. She has negotiated brand sponsorships and IP licensing deals on behalf of writers, and new media adult and kid influencers, secured the registration and SAG-AFTRA franchising of minority and women-owned talent agencies and management firms throughout the country, and has successfully drafted and negotiated film deals for directors, writers, actors, and production companies as production legal counsel on films that have premiered at Tribeca and Sundance.
A frequent writer and panelist on entertainment-related issues, Ms. Crespo has been published by Thomson Reuters and in leading entertainment trade journals such as Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts and the New York Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Journal, and is currently a freelance writer for Screencraft, and is a member of the Authors Guild.