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Charles Tolbert is an intellectual property/entertainment and business attorney in New York and New Jersey. Tolbert handles business development and legal matters for entertainment and technology businesses and counsels some of the most important artists, designers, production companies, and publishing companies in the world. He has handled senior executive and CEO level corporate employment and severance agreement negotiations and provided legal services for award-winning films including the Emmy®-nominated documentary Brooklyn Castle and the Oscar®-nominated documentary How To Survive A Plague


Tolbert was Director of Strategic Partnerships at Pearson, the world’s leading education company, driving company revenue by leading key business and rights initiatives across digital, mobile, and virtual learning platforms. Key managed properties included:

Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer®, and Dick and Jane®.

Before Pearson, Tolbert handled legal and business affairs for Dove Entertainment in Beverly Hills negotiating celebrity talent, audiobook, and author agreements. Tolbert clerked with Booth Mitchel & Strange, a corporate law firm in Los Angeles, and in college was a political intern in the House of Commons.








Juris Doctor, Pepperdine University School of Law. Moot Court Board, Chair; and Honor Board. 


Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and French from American University.

Cours de Civilisation Française, Université de Paris – Sorbonne.



  • New York State Bar; New Jersey State Bar;

  • Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America, before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.



Memberships and Activities

  • Voting Member, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (GRAMMY Awards) since 1995.

  • Voting Member/Advisory Committee, American Theatre Wing (TONY Awards).

  • President / Board of Directors, Save Venice Inc. 

  • Board of Trustees, Adelphi University. 

  • Vice President / Development Chair, Board of Directors of Grand Street Settlement. 

  • Volunteer, Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles.

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