I'm a practicing entertainment/technology attorney and a contributing editor at The Hollywood Reporter, where I cover entertainment labor, legal and other matters. I also freelance, and blog on The Huffington Post – opinion pieces and gadget reviews. More at jhandel.com/bio.
I practice transactional entertainment and technology law at TroyGould in Los Angeles and independently, and am a contributing editor for The Hollywood Reporter. I'm also a former computer scientist.
My writing has been published in/on The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, Variety, Campaigns & Elections, Los Angeles Business Journal, LA Daily Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes.com and IMDb.com
I'm a graduate of Harvard College in applied math and computer science (magna cum laude) and of Harvard Law School (cum laude).
I'm the author of several books, including The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis, which tells the story of an attempt to unionize actors on The Hobbit; and Hollywood on Strike!, which chronicles and analyzes the Hollywood writers strike of 2007-2008 and the ensuing Screen Actors Guild stalemate that lasted through mid-2009.
I'm an adjunct professor at USC and Southwestern law schools and am a member of the Television Academy (the group that awards the primetime Emmys), and was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers in California in 2008.
Prior to law school, I worked in the computer industry and was involved in local politics. I've appeared over 800 times as a commentator on entertainment and technology legal issues on/in international, national and local television, radio, print and online media.