George N. Tobia, Jr.

Partner | Chair, Entertainment and Media

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3659

"I'm all about the long term. Yes, I review documents and answer questions, but I also ensure clients know how a project fits in the scope of their careers."

Bar Admissions




J.D., University of Chicago Law School

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

B.A., summa cum laude, Boston University

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.

He is the attorney for the literary estates and properties of some of the world's best-known authors, such as those of Hunter S. Thompson and Jack Kerouac. He also represents many current authors, journalists, publishers, and broadcasters, ranging from those of the highest national and international profiles to newer, up-and-coming writers.

Given his background in tax law and finance, George is able to provide much-needed business advice in addition to contract work. For example, he has handled many deals involving the Massachusetts Film Tax credit for production companies and studios. He also represents both investors and producers in related financial matters, including fundraising and tax credit monetization.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America©  -  Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures & Television and Entertainment Law - Music (2011-2019)

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

Boston University Distinguished Alumnus (2003)


Friends of the Commonwealth Museum

  • Board of Directors

Phi Beta Kappa

Speaking Engagements

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

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications


"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

George N. Tobia, Jr.
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Intellectual Property & IP Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business, Finance & Transactions
  • Middle-Market M&A and Private Equity
  • Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation

J.D., University of Chicago Law School

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

B.A., summa cum laude, Boston University





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