By David Ng
Los Angeles Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Attorney Bonnie Eskenazi has become a prominent behind-the-scenes figure of the MeToo movement as a board member of Women in Film.
Los Angeles Times
Bonnie Eskenazi, 58, is a partner at the Century City law firm Greenberg Glusker, where she has represented some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.
She represented Jeffrey Katzenberg in his bitter dispute with the Walt Disney Co., and has litigated matters for Marvel Entertainment as well as the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien.
In recent months, she also has become a prominent behind-the-scenes figure of the MeToo movement as a board member of Women in Film, where she helped to create and launch its sexual harassment help line and a pro-bono legal aid service.
Trial by fire
Eskenazi grew up on Long Island and attended the University of Virginia, where she studied American government and history. As a member of a sorority, she found herself at the center of a dispute that would catapult her into a law career. The sorority didn’t want to admit a black student, and Eskenazi fought back by taking her sorority sisters to court. “It cost me all my friends at the time,” she said. But she won the case and acquired a taste for litigation.
As a law student at Stanford University, she found herself gravitating toward entertainment law. The profession allowed her to combine her knowledge of tort, contract and criminal law as well as her skills as a litigator. “It sits at the crossroads of many different areas of law,” she said.
It helped that Eskenazi has been passionate about the arts since her youth. She studied voice and performed in high school productions. Her passion for performance continues today as a board member of Los Angeles’ Reprise, the recently resurrected series that revives classic and rarely staged musicals.