Elsa Ramo founded the firm in 2005 on the Universal Studios backlot. She graduated from University of San Diego School of Law in 2002, and began her career in entertainment law by establishing the Los Angeles office for Davis Dixon Kirby LLP (a royalty litigation firm). After several clients approached her to handle their independent productions, she created Ramo Law, which is now located in Beverly Hills. The focus of her firm is to provide comprehensive legal services to producers, financiers, creators and owners of film, television and digital content.
Honors and Awards
Her expertise has been featured in numerous outlets, including Variety’s 2014 Women Impact Report, The Story Exchange’s Power List (with their full power list here), The Insiders, Indiewire’s Women to Watch, The Wrap, Forbes, and Latino Weekly. Additionally, she has lectured on film financing for the California Lawyers for the Arts, Film Independent, Attorney Credits, LawReview CLE, myLawCLE, and the Institute for International Film Financing.
She has been a panel and guest speaker at USC, AFI, UCLA, the Produced By Conference, South by Southwest, SXSW V2V, Slamdance Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, Digital Hollywood, Boston University School of Law, and the University of San Diego Law School. In May 2010, she was awarded an Artistic License Award along with Maria Shriver by California Lawyers for the Arts for her outstanding pro-bono work providing artists and arts organizations with legal services.
Outside of membership in four Bar Associations (California, American, Beverly Hills, & Los Angeles), Ms. Ramo is also a member of Film Independent, Women in Film, California Lawyers for the Arts and is the founder of PEFA (a professional organization for female attorneys in the entertainment industry).
Erika Canchola graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University and received her Juris Doctorate from Boston University Law School, where she focused her legal studies on entertainment law. During law school, she was an Editor for the Public Interest Law Journal and President of the Communication, Entertainment and Sports Law Associate. She also worked for California Lawyer for the Arts, Law Offices of Vinca Jarrett & Associates, and WGBH.
Upon graduation, Ms. Canchola joined Ramo Law full-time as an associate and became a partner in January of 2013. She handles Tax Credit Financing (recent films include “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”, “The Sacrament”, “Hateship, Loveship”, “The Devil’s Knot” and “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” on behalf of Three Point Capital, LLC), Corporate Formation, Trademark and Copyright filing, Contract Negotiation, Review and Drafting, Production Financing, and Production Legal (recent films include “Alex Cross” and “Sabotage” for QED International, “Stuck in Love” for Informant Media, “The To Do List”, “Celeste & Jesse Forever”, “Short Term 12”, “Some Girl(s)”, “Afternoon Delight” and “Ladies’ Man: A Made Movie” for MTV).
California Bar Association Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association Member, PEFA (Professional Entertainment Female Attorneys), Member.
Tara Sattler graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hofstra University Honors College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and minors in Business Management and Legal Studies, and graduated Cum Laude from Southwestern University School of Law in 2011. During her time at Southwestern, she extensively studied entertainment law through the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, participated in the National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, served as the Entertainment Vice President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, and her paper entitled “Plagued by the Paparazzi: How California Should Sharpen the Focus On Its Not So Picture Perfect Paparazzi Laws” was published in the Southwestern Law Review.
Ms. Sattler is also a certified and registered Notary Public.
Upon her graduation from law school, Ms. Sattler became a full-time associate at Ramo Law PC after working as the firm’s law clerk since 2008. Ms. Sattler has also worked with California Lawyers for the Arts and Westwood One’s Grammy Radio Remote.
The State Bar of California, Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member, PEFA (Professional Entertainment Female Attorneys), Member, California Lawyers for the Arts, Member, National Notary Association, Member, Phi Beta Kappa, Member.
Michelle Chang became an associate at the firm after graduating cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2010. While at Pepperdine, she was a member and associate editor of the Law Review, participated in a summer program in London, where her studies focused on international entertainment law, and served as a judicial intern at the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Her entertainment experience prior to joining the Law Offices of Elsa Ramo includes RKO Pictures, Lions Gate, and Archstone Distribution. Ms. Chang focuses on corporate formation and distribution legal services, and also provides production legal services.
Ms. Chang received her bachelor’s degree in Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with an honors certificate. She is currently a member of the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Bar Associations.
California Bar Association Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association Member,PEFA (Professional Entertainment Female Attorneys), Member.
Alexandra Kwasnik graduated from St. John’s University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Government & Politics with a minor in Philosophy. She graduated from Chapman University School of Law in 2013 with an emphasis in Entertainment Law. While at Chapman, she served as a Constitutional Law Academic Fellow, Symposium Editor on Chapman’s Nexus Journal of Law & Policy, Events Coordinator for the Entertainment & Sports Law Society, and worked as a student attorney in Chapman’s Working with Filmmakers Clinic.
Ms. Kwasnik joined Ramo Law in April 2014 after previously interning with the firm. While in law school, she interned at CBS Television Distribution and International Creative Management (ICM).
Chad Russo graduated magna cum laude from California State University Channel Islands in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics. Mr. Russo graduated from Loyola Law School Los Angeles in 2014 focusing his studies on entertainment law and completing the Entertainment/Media Law Transactional Concentration. For the duration of his law school career he worked for Crackle.com in the Product Development and Distribution Department.
Mr. Russo joined Ramo Law upon his graduation from Loyola, after having worked as an intern for the firm since 2013. Formerly, he worked for Sony Pictures Entertainment and interned with The Walt Disney Company and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Nick Weinstein began filming documentaries and short films while in high school in Los Angeles. Mr. Weinstein continued to develop his interest in production while in college, working for Mike Mathis Productions and ESPN, and graduated from Occidental College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and a minor in Film. Mr. Weinstein then graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2014 focusing his studies on entertainment law and completing the Entertainment/Media Law Transactional Concentration.
While in law school Mr. Weinstein worked for Sports 1 Marketing, Legendary Pictures Business and Legal Affairs, Fox Cable Networks in Domestic Sports Business and Legal Affairs, Miramax Business Legal Affairs, and SAG-AFTRA. Mr. Weinstein joined Ramo Law in May 2014.