THOMAS A. CROWELL, ESQ. is a writer, attorney, and educator with a background in film, television, and the arts. He is the series editor of Focal Press "Pocket Lawyer for . . ." series, and author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers (Focal Press, 2ed. 2011), a best-selling legal guide for independent film and television producers. The book has been adopted as a core textbook in film and law schools across the United States.
Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas which range from comic book publishing, film, television, music, and the graphic arts.
He has taught courses in film and media law at Cardozo Law School, Seton Hall Law School, and the School of Visual Arts. A frequent lecturer on entertainment law topics, Mr. Crowell has taught legal seminars to comic book professionals at New York Comic Con since 2007. In 2011, he became the Director of Cardozo Law School's "Indie Film Clinic." He is the Executive Director emeritus of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and an honorary member of the Graphic Artists Guild.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Crowell earned a living as both a television producer and an art director. Most notably, he was the head of development for the Science Technology Network. His children's home video series, Professor Potto's Videolabs, was awarded a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.
Mr. Crowell received his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif, the national legal honors society. Mr. Crowell earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television Production. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
For more information about Mr. Crowell, please see his website: www.thomascrowell.com