Los Angeles, CA
Laura Icken earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Dartmouth College and obtained her Juris Doctor and Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University Law Center in 1991.
Laura is fluent in French and German and has a working knowledge of Spanish. After Georgetown, Laura received a DAAD scholarship to study comparative law in Europe and spent a year in Germany learning German and EU law. From 1993-95 Laura was an associate at Clifford Chance (fka Rogers & Wells) in New York in both the litigation and corporate transactional departments. She returned to France and Germany in the late nineties, where she was an associate with Freshfields (the U.K. law firm) and Shearman and Sterling. She eventually joined client Pearson aka Fremantle Media, and thus transitioned into media and entertainment transactional work.
Laura returned to the U.S. with National Geographic Television and various Fox entities in the early 2000’s, and was one of the original MySpace attorneys in Los Angeles. She joined Yahoo! in 2007 and remained there for 3 years as both an outside counsel and an in-house Director of Legal and Business Development. In addition to drafting, reviewing and negotiating a variety of entertainment, technology and corporate contracts, Laura has advised on structuring entertainment and internet partnerships, handled complex co-productions and drafted documentation for gaming and software transactions. She has handled talent agreements, mediations, distribution and advertising deals and intellectual property, privacy and publicity matters as well as merchandising and licensing agreements for both television and digital media.
Following Yahoo!, Laura returned to a Fremantle entity, Original Productions, where she was in-house counsel from 2010-2011, handling a variety of entertainment projects. She has recently been doing work for other reality television companies, acting as counsel on various productions and development agreements both for television and digital distribution. Laura has worked on several unscripted reality shows including ABC’s Duets, Project Runway, Glass House, Real World, Deadliest Catch, Storage Wars, Real Housewives, Basketball Wives, Ax Men, and Ice Road Truckers.
Laura joined Montage Legal Group in 2011 as a freelance attorney. In addition to her legal career, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, reading, skiing, swimming and travel.