Attorneys  

F. Robert Stein

Counsel
rstein@pryorcashman.com
7 Times Square
New York, NY 10036-6569
Direct Tel:
212-326-0830
Direct Fax:
718-369-0076

Bob Stein joined Pryor Cashman in 1987. Bob counsels and represents authors, literary agents, book publishers and others in publishing negotiations and disputes. He drafts and negotiates author contracts, literary agency agreements, collaboration agreements, and all other book publishing agreements. He also reviews book manuscripts prior to publication for libel, copyright and other problems. To view a partial list of Bob's publishing clients, please click here.

Bob represents film producers in the pre-release review of screenplays and films (including Academy Award winners The Cove and Taxi to the Dark Side and Academy Award-nominated The Square, The Betrayal-Nerakhoon, No End in Sight and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, as well as Emmy Award winner, Chasing Ice, and The House I Live In, Why We Fight, Wordplay, Mad Hot Ballroom, and others), and assists insurers of film and television productions in determining the insurability of various productions. To view Bob's complete filmography, please click here.

Bob is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.

Previous Positions

  • Warner Publishing, Inc., Vice President and General Counsel (1984–86) 
  • Warner Communications, Inc., Counsel  (1978–84)
  • Random House, Inc., Counsel  (1971–74)
  • Simon & Schuster, Deputy General Counsel (1976–78)
  • CBS, Inc., Attorney (1974–76)

Publications

  • Author, Book Publishing: Standard 'Trade Book' Author/Publisher Agreements (chapter in Entertainment Law, published by New York State Bar Association (1989, 1996, 2004)
  • Author of monthly columns for The Noose, the periodic newsletter of the New York chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and for Nink, the monthly newsletter of Novelists, Inc. (a professional organization of published writers)
  • Author of a series of articles on publishers’ contract forms published by Romance Writers of America in various issues of the Romance Writers’ Report

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Copyright Fair Use Across the Media, Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of N.Y.S. Bar Association (January 2014)
  • Bob has lectured for Practicing Law Institute, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Law Seminars International and others, including on the topic Writing the Legal Thriller/Mystery.

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section