David Wienir is a talent lawyer, author and business affairs executive at United Talent Agency. Before UTA, he practiced law at two of the top transactional talent boutiques - Grubman Indursky & Shire in New York and Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown in Beverly Hills - where he represented many A List clients and celebrities, including Spielberg and Madonna. He was also a First Amendment lawyer in New York with the 150+ year old international law firm Coudert Brothers. He has been awarded the "Outstanding Volunteer Award" from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, named a Rising Star in 2009 and 2010 by Super Lawyers Magazine, and named to Variety's 2014 Legal Impact Report. He is the author of several acclaimed books including "Making It on Broadway" (foreword by Jason Alexander). His first book "Last Time" was co-authored at the age of 23 with a member of British Parliament.
He has taught entertainment law for 10+ years, including at NYU and UCLA, and is the founder of the premier online entertainment law class Entertainment Law Exposed. He was educated at Columbia, Oxford, The London School of Economics and UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall), and is admitted to practice law in New York and California.
Before beginning his career as an entertainment lawyer, he was the host of the talk radio show "Estonia Today" on Estonia National Radio, worked within the Governor of California's legal affairs office, and worked for the LA District Attorney's office during the Menendez murder trial. Also, he worked as a speechwriter and staff member for a Member of British Parliament, as a researcher for The Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, and as a statistician for CBS Sports. He is a graduate of ARTA's professional whitewater river rafting school in Idaho and guided river trips for several years in California and Oregon, and is a founder and the first musical director of "The Oxford Alternotives", Oxford University's oldest a cappella close harmony group.