VALENTE LAW: Introduction
Established in 2003, Valente Law is a small boutique firm owned and operated by Pamela Forster, with offices in Beverly Hills, California and Naples, Florida. Specializing in entertainment and immigration law, Valente Law is uniquely positioned to counsel individuals and companies on a wide range of entertainment business and immigration transactional matters.
The Beverly Hills, California office provides entertainment legal services to individuals and companies in the motion picture, television, live performance, and publishing industries, and immigration and naturalization legal services to individuals and companies in all industries worldwide, with an emphasis on business and entertainment visas. The Naples, Florida office provides legal services exclusively in immigration and naturalization matters and services clients worldwide.
By limiting the practice of law to the areas of entertainment and immigration and naturalization as described above, Valente Law can more competently stay abreast of the latest nuances and developments in the law that continually arise in these rapidly changing, complex areas.
Valente Law is committed to providing high quality legal services tailored to meet client needs and aimed at providing a more direct attorney-client working relationship that ensures attorney accessibility and more personal involvement than traditional, full-service high-profile firms typically offer their clients.
Solution-driven and result-oriented. Valente Law focuses on the solutions the firm can provide the particular client under the particular facts and circumstances, identifying the objectives of each client and immediately focusing on achieving these objectives. To this end, Valente Law helps the client, whether corporate or individual, understand in simple terms how Valente Law can help the client navigate or resolve the particular issue or legal problem.
Lower fees and costs and billing flexibility. Valente Law is able to charge clients lower fees and costs and offer flexibility in billing structures than can larger firms with higher overhead. Valente Law meets the needs of clients who require a broad range of services by working with other attorneys or referrals for matters outside the scope of Valente Law's practice.
Conflicts of interest easier to handle. Conflicts of interest, which tend to arise often in the entertainment and immigration areas of law, are easier to handle. Generally-speaking, a law firm cannot handle legal matters that give rise to a non-waivable conflict of interest between clients of the firm. Depending on the size of the community and industry involved, the larger the law firm, the more likely there are to be conflicts of interest.
Pamela Forster is an alumna of the University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.), where she earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and Western State University College of Law, where she earned the degree of Juris Doctor.
A former actor, Ms. Forster has over a decade of combined experience in the areas of entertainment and immigration law. She cares about her clients and takes pride in providing personal attention and strong results-oriented representation in as simplified and straightforward a manner as possible.
Ms. Forster is Ex Officio Senior Co-chair of the Entertainment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the largest organization of entertainment law attorneys in the world. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the national immigration association of over 10,000 attorneys and law professors established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.
Ms. Forster is a member of a number of other high profile professional, business, and industry organizations and has organized and participated in numerous seminars noted below.
Admitted to the Bar of the State of California. Admitted to practice in all courts of the State and in the United States District Court, Central District of California.
Authorized under Federal Law to represent clients in all United States immigration courts and offices worldwide, and all United States Consulates and Embassies located worldwide
Professional, Business and Industry Affiliations:
Member, American Bar Association (Entertainment/Sports Industries Forum, Intellectual & International Law Sections)
Member, American Immigration Lawyers of America (AILA)
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association (Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law Section; Subscreen Film & TVCommittee; Member, ExecutiveCommittee, Immigration Law Section)
Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association (Member, Executive Committee, Entertainment Law Section)
Member, Film Independent (fna Independent Feature Project West)
Member, Women in Film
"Film Finance 2012: An Update" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2012)
"Current Issues in Employment-Based Immigration: How to Increase the Likelihood of Success for Your Clients" Los Angeles County Bar Association (2012)
"Temporary & Permanent “Work Visas” in the Arts and Entertainment Industry: Who’s Eligible & How to Navigate the Pitfalls & Increase Your Likelihood of Success" California Lawyers for the Arts (2012)
"Navigating the Maze of Film Finance: An Update" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2011)
"The Latest Trends in Financing Motion Pictures" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2010)
"Clear it or Perish: Copyright Clearance Issues in Film Documentary Production Beverly Hills Bar Association" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2009)
"The Changing Landscape of Film and Television Distribution in the Global Arena: Thinking Outside the Proverbial Box" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2008)
"From Hollywood to Hollywood: EASL AT THE EMMYS Entertainment Law Symposium" Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section [EASL] (2008)
"Raising Private Equity for Indie Films: How to Avoid Running Afoul of Federal & State Securities Laws & Keep Your Clients Out of Prison" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2008)
"Fact-based Stories: Navigating the Murky Waters of Life Story Rights Deals" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2007)
"Entertainment Visas - What's Extraordinary and What's Not . . . 0s, Ps, and Other Alternatives for Performing Artists and Athletes" Los Angeles County Bar Association (2007)
"Drafting Collaboration Agreements Across the Film, Television, and Music Industries and Ethical Considerations" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2006)
"Immigration Law and Foreign Artists, Entertainers, & Other Members of the Entertainment Industry" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2005)
"Using Other People's Money: Soft Coin, Incentives and other Alternative Film Financing Options Available to Producers" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2004)
"Combat in Action: The Global Film Piracy Crisis." Beverly Hills Bar Association (2003)
"The Reality T.V. Phenomenon: To Be Or Not To Be? The dynamics of reality T.V. programming from a Producer, Attorney & Player's Perspective." Beverly Hills Bar Association (2003)
"Fair Use of Film Clips - Fact or Fiction?" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2001)
" BOOT CAMP: Current Issues in Motion Picture & Television Production" Beverly Hills Bar Association (2001)
Foreign Languages: French, Italian
Office Location/Contact Information:
468 N. Camden Drive, Suite 268N
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Tele: 310.785.9531 Fax: 877.564.4383 firstname.lastname@example.org
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1415 Panther Lane, Suite 396
Naples, Florida 34109
Tele: 239.591.6794 Fax: 877.564.4383 email@example.com
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