Lindsey Laughlin joined Arendsen Cane Molnar LLP in 2017, bringing with her a twenty-five year career in sports and entertainment. Ms. Laughlin has focused primarily on the business and legal aspects of the industry since 2001, representing a wide range of clients from individual talent and start-ups to motion picture studios and international financiers.
She started her career as a talent agent trainee at International Creative Management, quickly ascending the ranks, and eventually moving to rival, Creative Artists Agency, where she immersed herself in the business of entertainment. Her comprehension and aptitude for creatively negotiating the complexities of compensation structuring for high profile clients led her to a New York based investment advisory firm that specialized in entertainment finance. As the Vice President of Research, she analyzed potential investment opportunities and prepared the initial valuations required for the private equity funding of new media ventures. Not content with mere research and analysis of deal potential, Ms. Laughlin earned a law degree, providing her the missing component required for her active involvement in every aspect of strategic entertainment transactions.
After law school, Ms. Laughlin joined the entertainment law firm of Morris Yorn Barnes Levine, P.C. as an associate in their corporate division, followed by in-house counsel positions in the Business and Legal Affairs departments at both Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures. Thereafter she returned to private practice as a partner at Barnes Law Firm, P.C. where she concentrated her practice on corporate entertainment, including, production finance, mergers and acquisitions, and production company business affairs.
In her most recent position as Vice President and General Counsel for the Association of Surfing Professionals, Ms. Laughlin was responsible for the business and legal affairs of the company, which included, among other things, oversight of the legal department; compliance with domestic and international regulatory requirements for the World Championship Tour; supervising the Rules and Disciplinary Committee; and, advising senior management on internal corporate and administrative policies, entity acquisitions, international broadcast and media arrangements, corporate sponsorship opportunities, and senior level employment packages.
Ms. Laughlin holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California – Santa Barbara in Humanities with an emphasis in Art History, a certification from the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in California. When she is not in the office, Ms. Laughlin is pursuing a personal interest in Jungian depth psychology at the renowned Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she will earn her master’s degree upon completion of her thesis, the topic of which explores the impact of post-Kierkegaardian philosophy on adult psychological development in the twenty first century. She is also a self-proclaimed “fitness junkie,” hobbyist photographer, and amateur art collector.