TNJ Law issue 2011 Lisa DavisLisa E. Davis, Esq.
Partner
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz P.C.

A partner in the entertainment group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, Lisa E. Davis is one of the nation’s leading entertainment lawyers, representing a broad spectrum of clients. Her career in entertainment law fits perfectly with her passion for the arts. It gives her an opportunity to “help her clients realize their artistic vision and help preserve their intellectual property.”  

Davis’ clients include the authors Terry McMillan and Valerie Plame Wilson. She served as counsel on a number of well-known documentary films, including The Black List and 9/11 and the classic Spike Lee films Malcolm X and Jungle Fever. Davis has also represented award-winning playwrights and Broadway producers. In addition to counseling on day-to-day business issues, she has helped many entertainment clients expand into complementary businesses, such as celebrity endorsements and merchandising.

Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, Davis clerked for the Honorable Constance Baker Motley in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and was associated with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel L.L.P. The Metropolitan Black Bar Association and a New York-area “Super Lawyer” in the field of entertainment and sports recently named her “Lawyer of the Year” by Law and Politics magazine. Davis credits her success to strong client relationships built on integrity, accessibility and real passion. “My clients see the same passion and dedication for my work as they have for theirs,” she says.

A well-known public speaker, she recently served on the “Social Media in a Free Society” panel at the Presidential Summit portion of the New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting. She sits on the board of directors of the Council of Urban Professionals and serves as a member of the New York City Bar, The National Bar Association, and the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association. Davis is also a regular attendee at the Black Filmmaker Foundation Summit. An avid marathon runner, she earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1981 and a law degree from New York University in 1985.