Thomas Crowell

Adjunct Professor of Law

Director from Practice, The Indie Film Clinic

Areas of Expertise

Film and the Law


Thomas A. Crowell Esq. is the director from practice of The Indie Film Clinic.


A partner with the law form of Lane, Sash, and Larrabee, LLP, Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from comic book publishing, film, television, music, and the graphic arts.


He is the series editor of the Focal Press “Pocket Lawyer for…” series, and author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers (Focal Press, 2ed. 2011), a best-selling legal guide for independent film and television producers. The book has been adopted as a core textbook in film and law schools across the United States. Mr. Crowell’s latest book, The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators, will be the comic book industry’s first dedicated business and legal guide. It is scheduled to be published in March 2014.


A frequent lecturer on entertainment law topics, Mr. Crowell recently taught the first entertainment law workshop in the Dominican Republic and has taught legal seminars to comic book professionals at New York Comic Con since 2007. In 2011, he became the Director of Cardozo Law School’s “Indie Film Clinic.” He is the Executive Director emeritus of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and an honorary member of the Graphic Artists Guild. In addition to teaching at Cardozo, he has also taught courses in film and media law at Seton Hall Law School and the School of Visual Arts.


Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Crowell earned a living as a television producer. Most notably, he was the head of development for the Science Technology Network. His children’s home video series, “Professor Potto’s Videolabs,” was awarded a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.


Mr. Crowell received his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif, the national legal honors society. Mr. Crowell earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television Production. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


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