James Sammataro

Partner & Co-Chair, Media + Entertainment Group, Pryor Cashman LLP

James Sammataro is a partner at Pryor Cashman and co-chair of the firm’s Media + Entertainment Group.
Billboard recognizes him as one of the country’s top music lawyers. Variety declared him one of the most impactful entertainment attorneys in Hollywood. Best Lawyers named him Miami’s entertainment “Lawyer of the Year.”

With two decades of trial experience in high-stakes copyright, trademark, defamation, First Amendment, rights-of-publicity and non-compete matters, Fortune 500 companies, leading media entities, professional sports teams and A-list talent trust James to represent them in delicate yet high-profile disputes.

In addition to litigation, James guides major entertainment deals to fruition, managing both day-to-day and breakthrough transactions on behalf of television and radio stations, concert promoters, touring companies, production companies, esports franchises, and A-list musical artists. He also advises media companies on managing and defending their valuable intellectual property, and counsels entertainment startups on negotiating talent, content, production, syndication and distribution agreements.