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The Partners

PETER LAIRD, born October 19, 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, Ohio; 1971, Florida; 1979 California. Education: Ohio State University (B.A., 1966); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1969). Member: State Bar of California. 

WILLIAM R. SOBEL, born May 13, 1958; admitted in 1982 Ontario; 1983 California.  Education: University of Toronto (B.A.) and University of California, Berkeley; Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D., 1982) and USC Law School. Member: State Bar of California; Law Society of Ontario.


In 1945, Harold Orenstein [Buddy Holly] laid the foundation for the present day music practice at Laird & Sobel when he became the head of non-radio licensing for BMI. By 1950, Mr. Orenstein began a private law practice focusing on copyright law. In 1955 Allen Arrow joined the firm which had evolved to become a force in Broadway production with its representation of Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls) and other productions such as The Music Man and The Wiz and in the music industry with the representation of artists such as The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly. During the 1960s the firm was known as Orenstein Arrow & Lourie and the early 1970s brought rapid growth to the music practice of the New York entertainment law firm on Avenue of the Americas which had then become known as Orenstein, Arrow & Silverman. Michael Tannen joined the firm in 1965 and in 1969 he moved to Los Angeles to open and become managing partner of the Los Angeles office of the firm at 9255 Sunset Boulevard [Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon]. Greg Fishbach (Crosby Stills, Steve Miller) and then Gerry Margolis succeeded Tannen to manage the Los Angeles office during the 1970s. Peter Parcher ( Born to Run: Bruce Springsteen ) joined the firm in 1968 and Jerry Edelstein joined in 1971 and the firm's roster of clients expanded to include Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bruce Springsteen, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Foreigner, Cat Stevens, Bette Midler and an array of other artists and corporations including The Robert Stigwood Organization, producer of Hair on Broadway and films Saturday Night Fever and Grease. In 1972 the firm name changed to Orenstein, Arrow, Silverman & Parcher and then transitioned to Arrow, Silverman & Parcher in 1975. In 1977 the firm became known as Arrow, Edelstein, Gross & Margolis. By the 1980s the law firm was known as Arrow, Edelstein & Gross and the firm began to expand into motion picture and television representation. Peter Laird joined in 1981 and Bill Sobel joined in 1986. The music practice continued to thrive in the 1980s and 1990s with the representation of the next generation of superstars such as Bon Jovi, Dolly Parton, Prince, Michael Jacksons' concert tours, Donna Summer and a host of other music legends including Aretha Franklin and the architect of Rock and Roll Little Richard. During this period, the firm also represented Island Records in its acquisition of rights from the Estate of Bob Marley and handled the sale of ATV Music and provided expert counsel to the Estate of Elvis Presley and Apple Computer. At the same time, the 1980s and 1990s brought explosive growth to the motion picture and television practice with the representation of Academy Award and Emmy winning actors and off-screen talent such as iconic film director Martin Scorsese. In the late 1980s and early 1990s the firm was known briefly as Arrow, Edelstein and then Arrow, Edelstein & Laird and then Edelstein & Laird in 1993. In 1995 the firm name changed to Edelstein Laird & Sobel and it operated under that banner for decades until Laird & Sobel was formed. The Los Angeles office remains at 9255 Sunset Boulevard.

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