Calabrese, Joseph A.

Joseph A. Calabrese

Retired Partner

Joe Calabrese retired from the partnership in December 2021. Mr. Calabrese was Of Counsel in the Century City and Los Angeles offices of Latham & Watkins following his retirement from the partnership. He was former Chair of the firm’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice, providing clients around the globe with a uniquely experienced perspective on a full spectrum of film, television, sports, and content-related business transactions.

Mr. Calabrese advised clients in the ever-changing entertainment, sports, and media business for nearly four decades. He has drawn on exceptionally broad experience with the evolution of the industry — from the end of the first golden age of television to the advent of the second, through the era of cable television and home video, to innovations of streaming video on demand and over-the-top media services. Throughout his career, he has helped clients innovate, respond, and thrive amidst disruptive technologies, and expand into new territories that dramatically impact the industry.

Widely lauded in the legal and industry press as a leading Hollywood entertainment lawyer, Mr. Calabrese has helped clients:

  • Create, operate, and finance entertainment and media companies
  • Negotiate complex distribution, broadcasting, and licensing agreements for both traditional film and television companies as well as live event and sports organizations
  • Navigate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and structured finance transactions

At the time of his retirement, Mr. Calabrese served on the:

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Executive Committee (former chair)
  • UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television Executive Committee
  • Cornell Law School Advisory Committee
  • UCLA Law School’s Ziffren Center Advisory Board
  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  • International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  • Pacific Council on International Policy


  • JD, Cornell Law School, 1981
    with specialization in International Legal Affairs, cum laude
  • AB, Boston College, 1978
    summa cum laude
Calabrese, Joseph A.
April 25, 2022 Recognition

Showbiz Law Pioneer Saw It All

Joe Calabrese, the recently retired Global Chair of Latham’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice, discusses the strength of the Latham platform and the transition of the ESM practice to the next generation, including new ESM Co-Chairs Ken Deutsch and Adam Sullins.