Judith Karfiol began her career in the entertainment industry as a literary agent in Los Angeles. After representing writers, producers and directors, she decided to pursue a legal career. She attended Southwestern University School of Law on scholarship, and was admitted to the California Bar in 1992.
Ms. Karfiol’s entertainment law practice consists primarily of negotiating and drafting contracts on behalf of producers and artists. Clients include screen and television writers and producers, animation artists, fiction and non-fiction authors, actors and directors. Her office also handles production and post-production legal work for independent film makers and for television companies which produce both scripted and non-scripted programming. She has lectured on a variety of entertainment-related subjects, including “US Copyright Law,” “Working with Agents, Managers and Attorneys,” “Using the Writers Guild,” “Important Legal Concepts for Artists and Technicians in the Film Industry,” and “Publishing Contracts.” Since 2005 Ms. Karfiol has taught “Entrepreneurial Studies” in the Character Animation Program at California Institute of the Arts, introducing students to basic legal principles and practical issues involved in developing and producing films, working in the film, television and new media industries, and starting their own businesses. She is currently teaching contract law as adjunct faculty in the Character Animation Program at CalArts.
Ms. Karfiol also has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California, where she taught undergraduate classes for two years.