Michal Shany is an associate in the Entertainment and Digital Media Practice Group in the firm's Century City office. 

Areas of Practice

Michal’s practice focuses on transactional entertainment matters, including rights acquisition, development, and production matters for motion pictures and television projects. She works with studios and production companies. 

Michal received her law degree from Boston University School of Law where she was a Note Editor of the Journal of Science and Technology Law and the Entertainment Law Chair of the Communications, Entertainment, and Sports Law Association. During law school, Michal interned with the Content Protection Group at Fox Entertainment Group in Los Angeles, created and moderated a panel on the business of documentary distribution in Paris, and studied abroad at the University of Oxford (with a primary tutorial of media law).

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Michal was an attorney at a major law firm in Los Angeles with a prominent entertainment practice, where she handled a wide variety of entertainment matters, from motion picture distribution and financing to music rights and live touring, as well as corporate and CCPA compliance matters. Michal also organized two Film & TV Industry panels selected for SXSW (2018 and 2020).

Before law school, Michal received her Master in Documentary Film Directing from DocNomads, a two-year international program delivered by a consortium of three European universities: Lisbon’s Lusofona University, Budapest’s University of Theatre and Film Arts, and Brussels’ LUCA School of Arts. She directed, filmed, produced, and edited short documentaries in Portuguese, Hebrew, Hungarian, and French, and remains an active alumna.

Michal previously taught English through the Auxiliares de Conversación program in Madrid and completed a year of National Service working with Down syndrome adults in Be’er Sheva, Israel.


J.D., Boston University, 2018

M.F.A., DocNomads Erasmus Mundus, 2015

B.A., Radio-TV-Film, California State University, Fullerton, 2011, magna cum laude


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