I’m a filmmaker as well as an attorney. My films have been featured on the New York Times Op-Docs, the Atlantic, and the New Yorker, and have been shown at festivals internationally, including AFI Docs, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs, Slamdance, and Toronto Int’l Film Festival (Kids). Some of my photos have been exhibited in the US and Europe, including ICP in New York City and the Leica Gallery in Warsaw. As an attorney, I specialize in media (film, music, photography, art) and tech (especially software). I am particularly interested in fair use. For the last 15 years, I’ve worked with filmmakers, artists, tech start ups, and tech multinationals, and I founded a law firm dedicated to working with artists and technologists: filmlawgroup.com.

I was born in Warsaw, Poland, and immigrated to NYC at the age of 12, the year that the city’s transit fare rose from 75 cents to 90 cents; 33 previously unknown Bach pieces were found in an academic library; and Canon demoed its first digital still camera. Besides New York City and Warsaw, I’ve lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Ann Arbor, Alexandria (VA), New Haven, Philadelphia, NJ, DC, and, for shorter periods, Kampala and Berlin. I’ve driven across the US six seven drives times, and I’ve visited the vast majority of the contiguous states, and, by train, plane or automobile, I’ve also visited some 45 50 55 60 countries. I like stray dogs, fair use, old jazz LPs, depressing movies, trains, Greene and Kundera, Uganda, open source software, the Oxford comma, and occasionally translating Polish poetry to English.

In the past, I was a drummer and a huge nerd software developer, and I still play Pearl drums here and there, and tinker with Python and Java (I wrote the engine for this website).  After graduating from law school, where I focused on intellectual property and free speech, I was a law clerk to the Hon. Mariana Pfaelzer in the Central District of California. I was also in-house counsel at Bloomberg, and an associate at O’Melveny in San Francisco and Morrison & Foerster in New York City. 

I’m reachable at paul [at] itchydogfilms [dot] com.


Yale Law School, JD
Columbia University, BA (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Legal Panels and/or Lectures

American Documentary Film Festival
Brooklyn Documentary Club
Brooklyn Film Festival Exchange
Camden International Film Festival
Documentary Association of Europe
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
New School
NYU Tisch
Palm Springs International ShortFest Forum
Tribeca Film Institute
Video Consortium

Film Panels

American Documentary Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival


Fuzzy Boundaries: The Potential Impact of Vague Secondary Liability Doctrines on Technology Innovation in The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet (2010).

“make your ego porous. will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. openness, patience, receptivity, solitude are everything.” (rilke)

”dogs are our link to paradise. they don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. to sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace” (kundera)

”this is what you shall do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyranny, argue not concerning god” (walt whitman)

Film Law Group