Michael J. Karlin

Michael J. Karlin

Tustin, California

Website: www.mikekarlin.com 

Michael J. Karlin is a Southern California based attorney whose practice primarily focuses on Entertainment Law. Michael began practicing law with the Karlin Law Firm in 2010 after being admitted to the California State Bar and graduating with honors from Chapman University School of Law, with a Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Entertainment Law.

Since 2010, Michael has handled matters in the entertainment fields of music, film, television, publishing, and new media. He has handled a wide range of entertainment clients, both big and small, in drafting and negotiating contracts, and in resolving disputes. With prior experience as an artist in both the independent music and film industries, Michael has a keen understanding of the legal pitfalls that are often experienced by struggling artists. His motto is “every artist should be able to afford experienced legal counsel.” In addition to entertainment law, Michael also handles major business litigation, business transactional work, real estate litigation, and real estate transactional work.

Prior to attending Chapman University School of Law, Michael graduated with honors from the University of California Irvine with a BA in Psychology. During that time, Michael worked in public radio, played in, produced, and managed bands, and produced shorts films. When Michael is not representing artists and producers he can often be found working on his career as a singer/songwriter, or playing the drums in various music projects.

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Entertainment Law
  • 25% Business Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Entertainment Law, Chapman University School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2010


  • Chapman University School of Law, Orange, California
    • J.D. cum laude - May, 2010
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Entertainment Law
  • University of California Irvine, Irvine, California
    • B.A. cum laude - 2006
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Psychology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • OCBA
  • ABA