Howard Hertz

Howard Hertz

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Howard Hertz formed the law firm of Hertz Schram PC with Bradley Schram in 1979. He specializes in entertainment law and is the lead attorney for Hertz Schram's Entertainment Practice Group. Since 1976, he has represented numerous artists and entities in the entertainment field, including authors, screenwriters, recording artists, radio personalities, producers, production companies, record labels, agents, artist managers, music publishers, songwriters, and athletes. Among others, his most well-known clients have been George Clinton, Sippie Wallace, The Romantics, The Bass Brothers, Eminem, Marilyn Manson, Jack White, Rodriguez (Searching for Sugarman), Pantera, The GO, Marcus Belgrave, Mike Posner, Elmore Leonard, Insane Clown Posse, Battlecross, Jeff Gutt (X-Factor finalist), Jena Irene (American Idol finalist), Original 1265 Recordings, the Marshall Mathers Foundation, Warner Tamerlane, and Atlantic Records. Services provided to entertainment clients range from contract negotiation and litigation to entity formation and estate/tax planning. Mr. Hertz also serves as local counsel to Los Angeles, New York and Nashville firms, as well as a mediator, arbitrator and expert witness regularly in entertainment related disputes. Hertz travels to MIDEM, the International Music Festival in Cannes, France, annually, on behalf of his clients.

Among the many organizations and honors to Hertz's credit, he is a member of the board of directors and president of the Detroit Music Awards Foundation, a member of MusiCares' Program and Services Committee (MusiCares is one of two charitable arms of the Recording Academy, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need), a member of the Board of Directors of the Sphinx Organization, a former member of the board of governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (the Recording Academy/Grammy Awards) Chicago Chapter (2004-2012), a former member of the Michigan Film Advisory Commission (2006-2008),  a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and the 2004 recipient of the John Hensel Award for significant contributions to the arts community. Mr. Hertz is also recognized by "Best Lawyers in America" and "Super Lawyers" annually and was the subject of a feature in "Super Lawyers".

Hertz has participated on panels and lectured on various entertainment-related topics for conferences, organizations and schools such as SXSW, Yellow Phone Music Conference, Launch Music Conference, Midem, the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences, Detroit Music Awards Foundation, Wayne State University Law School, Cooley Law School, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan Law School, MOBfest, and the Detroit Historical Museum. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School, teaching a course in entertainment law.

Hertz graduated from Wayne State University in 1972 with distinction and received his law degree from Wayne State University in 1976, where he graduated cum laude.

Areas of Practice

  • Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Dispute Resolution, including mediation and expert witness

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1976


  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan - 1976
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
    • B.A.
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Record Contract Negotiations in the '80's, Michigan Bar Journal, November, 1986

Representative Clients

  • Recording Artists
  • Record Labels
  • Producers
  • Songwriters
  • Music Publishers
  • Filmmakers
  • Screenwriters
  • Authors
  • Actors
  • Radio Personalities


  • Course In Entertainment Law, University of Michigan Law School and Wayne State University, 2008 - Present
  • Hot Topics in Entertainment Law: Gaming & Internet Law, ICLE, 2009
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2009
  • Representing the Celebrity, ICLE, 2008
  • The Brave New World of Law & Technology: Handling Legal Issues in Communications and Other Cutting Edge Technologies, ICLE, 2006
  • Advanced Entertainment Law, ICLE, 2002
  • Representing Your Arts, Entertainment or Sport Client: From Contracts to Cash to Copyright, ICLE, 1993
  • Representing Your Entertainment or Sport Client, ICLE, 1991
  • Representing Your Entertainment Law Client, ICLE, 1990

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Super Lawyer, 2006 - present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - present
  • John Hensel Award for significant contributions to the Arts Community, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Chicago Chapter, Board of Governors Member, 2004 - 2012
  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL), Member
  • Michigan Film Advisory Commission, Member, 2006 - 2008
  • Detroit Music Awards Foundation, President, 1998 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Legal Aid and Defenders Office of Detroit, Student Practitioner, 1974 - 1976
  • Legal Aid and Defenders Office of Detroit, Lawyer, 1976 - 1978

Ancillary Businesses

  • Artist Manager
  • Music Publisher


  • Sigma Alpha Mu