When people ask me if I’m an “entertainment lawyer,” I’m never sure how to answer, because in reality, there’s no such thing. There isn’t a particular body of entertainment law, and there aren’t specific courts or judges designated to hear and try entertainment-related cases. There’s just the law. Much like the entertainment industry, my practice revolves around the law of contracts. I negotiate and draft them; I review them; and when all else fails, I litigate them. Don’t get me wrong, I love to go to court, but I see litigation as a means to an end, not an end in or of itself. The better the contract is written usually means the less likely it is to end up in court.
Abe Bahgat founded this law firm in 1987, in the historic German Village neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, and for the next 50 years, dedicated his service to getting justice for adult and juvenile defendants in the Franklin County courts. Before becoming licensed to practice law in Ohio, Abe worked as a probation officer in Franklin County, and later served as a hearing officer in parole revocation proceedings, and prosecuted cases before the Ohio Adult Parole Board. After nearly 50 years service to central Ohio’s criminal justice systems, Abe retired from the private practice of law at the end of 2016.