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Gail Fanaro

Gail Fanaro

Gainfully retired Associate General Counsel

Santa Barbara, Other

I'm on my third career. I had terrible jobs as out of school as a lawyer. I ended up hating law school and practicing law. I wanted to be in entertainment law and GOT NOWHERE for years.... but hung in. Finally, my husband, a comedy writer, got me an interview for the mailroom at an agency. It made my whole career. The...




"If you are going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill

Career: -How to balance work and family at different stages of your career and life -Making other people think your good idea is their good idea; or getting what you want by coaxing rather than hammering -Delivering bad news in a positive way -Don't be afraid to ask the stupid question -Working in-house as legal counsel ...

A job that keeps you so engaged you look up at the end of the day and wonder how the day passed so quickly....that is what becomes a career.
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Associate General Counsel, Carpinteria, CA
Associate General Counsel (October 2012-Present) Counsel, (June-October 2012) Senior Contract Administrator, (March 2012-June 2012) Quickly promoted at on-line e-learning company which is SaaS offering with 100mm in revenue. Contracts for all departments. Coordinating with outside counsel. Strategic advice and projects as company plans continued globalization.


United Talent Agency

General Counsel

General Counsel (2001-2006). Met with Board and CFO on weekly basis providing all pertinent counsel for any matter that might arise in the course of business. This included management of litigation/arbitration, settling internal and intra-agency disputes, all employment issues including partnership agreements, employment agreements, terminations and settlements and/or litigation; wrote employee handbooks and established many corporate policies. Managed company re-organization with outside counsel and provided strategic advice. Established and coordinated revenue collection efforts with company Accounting department. Reviewed all company departments’ activities for legal and regulatory compliance

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Head, Business Affairs

Head, Business Affairs and Legal Affairs (1995-2001), Established Business Affairs department and provided deal-making, contract negotiation and contract drafting services to talent and agents. Met regularly with heads of all Talent Departments to assist them with their deal-making and contractual review. Oversaw all company legal affairs. Met regularly with Board and CFO to discuss all company legal matters. Managed staff of 8 employees, regularly promoted from within.


United Talent Agency

Literary Talent Agent

Literary Talent Agent (1992-1995), Signed as clients and represented talent of all sorts, but primarily television comedy writers, negotiated agreements for their employments or overall deals for the production of programming.

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United Talent Agency

Assistant and Mailroom Employee

Assistant and Mailroom (1991-1992). Mailroom, promoted to TV literature talent agent Assistant.



Harvard University

AB, Sociology