Latham & Watkins
Christopher Brearton is the deputy office managing partner of Latham’s Century City office and a member of the Entertainment, Sports and Media Practice.
Brearton primarily advises motion picture studios, independent producers, financial institutions and investment funds, television networks, and sports organizations. He has counseled clients in transactions ranging from the creation of strategic alliances, complex commercial licensing arrangements, project financing, and industry-specific mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Latham, Brearton spent several years as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with KPMG in Los Angeles.
Brearton has been recognized as a leading lawyer in both the entertainment and sports fields. He was named to the SportsBusiness Journal’s annual “Forty Under 40” list of the most promising young executives in the sports business. He was also featured in Variety’s annual “Dealmakers Impact Report” on influential individuals in the entertainment business, as well as Variety’s annual “Legal Impact Report” on the top 50 game-changing entertainment attorneys.
Brearton was profiled as one of the top 40 entertainment lawyers as part of the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in L.A. Law” Special Report. He was also named a leading lawyer by Chambers in Media and Entertainment Transactional Law and named a Legal500 recommended Lawyer in the categories of Media, Technology and Telecoms and Film, Music & Television.
Brearton is on the Board of Directors for LA Promise Fund, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Pacific Council on International Policy and the Sports Lawyers Association. He received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and earned a Juris Doctorate from University of Virginia, graduating with honors and Order of the Coif.