Thomas Selz is a founding partner of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, where his areas of expertise include entertainment law, copyright and trademark counseling, and motion picture, television, new media, and publishing matters. In addition to transactional work from development through production and distribution, Selz focuses on mergers and acquisitions, tax-advantaged financing, secured transactions, private placements and public offerings, and other complex corporate work involving entertainment industry and intellectual property assets. Prior to founding the firm, Selz worked in the entertainment department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and was an associate for three years doing entertainment work at Emil, Kobrin, Klein & Garbus.
He is the co-author of the Entertainment Law Treatise (1st and 2nd editions), Shepard's/ McGraw-Hill, 1983 and 2000, and of the Entertainment Law Casebook (1st and 2nd editions), Matthew-Bender, 1984 and 1997.
He has been an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law. Selz is a member of the New York City Bar Association and served as a member on their Copyright Committee from 1978 to 1981. He has been a member of the American Bar Association, in the section on patent, trademark and copyright law, and the entertainment and sports industries forum committee from 1979 to present. Selz was a director of the Independent Feature Project from 1986 to 2001, and continues as general counsel to the organization.
Selz earned his J.D. from Yale University in 1971 and graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University in 1968.