George N. Tobia, Jr.

Partner | Chair, Entertainment and Media


George Tobia is a Partner and Chair of the firm's Entertainment and Media practice. He represents clients in both the traditional and emerging media arenas.

George handles contracts and other arrangements involving book publishing, motion picture, television, radio, podcasting, online/digital content, copyright and trademark licensing, MCN (multi-channel network) projects, commercial endorsements, speaker services, brand funded content, and marketing/advertising sponsorships and events. He represents investors, producers, publishers, and artists.

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J.D., University of Chicago Law School

LL.M., Taxation, Boston University School of Law

B.A., summa cum laude, Boston University




honors & awards

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America©  Best Lawyer, Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television (2011-2024)

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2009, 2016-2017)

Boston University Distinguished Alumnus (2003)


Friends of the Commonwealth Museum

  • Board of Directors

Phi Beta Kappa



“John Sampas, 84; guided Kerouac writings into print,” The Boston Globe, May 2017

“Jack Kerouac’s Estate Takes A New Turn as Longtime Custodian John Sampas Dies at 84,” Showbiz411, April 2017

“John Sampas, Kerouac estate guardian, dies at 84,” SFGate, March 2017

“How Lenny Bruce’s Letters Came to Live at Brandeis,” The Boston Globe, July 2015

“Rare Kerouac Letter is ‘Spotlight’ of Auction,” Lowell Sun, July 2015

“Beat Letter Triggers Cash Conflict with Kerouac, Cassady Estates,” San Francisco Chronicle, December 2014

“Mark Wahlberg to Shoot Reality TV Pilot Inspired by ‘The Fighter’ Sisters,”, November 2012

“Will over Kerouac’s Literary Estate Was Forged, Judge Rules,” Lowell Sun, July 2009


“WEEI Guys Team Up,” The Boston Globe, March 2011

“My lawyer, My manager,” Jay Severin – 96.9 fm WTKK, May 2008

“Tobia Time,” Boston Common Magazine, February 2007

speaking engagements

“Hot Topics in Media and Entertainment Law,” Panelist, Boston Bar Association CLE Seminar, May 2007

“Hot Topics in Arts, Entertainment & Sports,” Panelist, Boston Bar Association CLE Seminar, May 2006