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Joseph Bahgat

Joseph Bahgat

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.

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Abe Bahgat

Abe Bahgat

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.

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Practice Areas

Entertainment/Media Law

Entertainment/Media Law

Hub City Law Group attorney Joe Bahgat is in the unique position of having been a professional entertainer himself for several years before becoming a lawyer. He has an insider’s perspective when it comes to issues of entertainment law, which benefits clients both inside and outside of the entertainment industries.

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Internet + Privacy Law

Internet + Privacy Law

Like all technology, the internet is constantly evolving, and oftentimes gets ahead of the law, which is why having a good attorney just isn’t enough these days. If you need to get something removed from the internet, or you just want to find out who did it, then you an attorney who knows and understands online security protocols, encryption, and how IP addresses are assigned, just to name a few. That is what we do, and that is why we know how to help you get the result you need.

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Cybercrime Defense

Cybercrime Defense

We defend clients charged in both state and federal courts, and have the knowledge and experience to successfully defend against cybercrimes, white-collar, internet, money laundering, RICO, and other charges stemming from online activity. Contact us today to learn how Hub City Law Group can provide you with a cutting edge legal defense.

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Business Law

Business Law

Individuals need lawyers from time to time, but businesses need lawyers all the time. Hub City Law Group has experience building and helping businesses at all stages, from conceptualization to startup, growth, and beyond. We help businesses like yours get out of trouble, and stay out of trouble, every day.

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BitTorrent/ISP Subpoena Defense

BitTorrent/ISP Subpoena Defense

If you received a notice from your Internet Service Provider, or a summons and complaint naming you in a federal court copyright infringement lawsuit involving BitTorrent, P2P, or some other form of unlawful downloading, you need an attorney who knows this unique area of law. Even though these cases are all similar to one another, each case turns on different facts, and will have a different outcome, so don’t believe it when somebody tells you they can get you a specific result without having examined all the facts of your specific case. Our attorneys have helped hundreds of people successfully defend copyright subpoenas and lawsuits, and we can help you too if you contact us today.

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Alternative & Online Dispute Resolution

Alternative & Online Dispute Resolution

Sometimes it makes more sense to resolve disputes before they get to court. Even when you believe you’re right, a well-crafted settlement can save you a lot of money over the costs of trying a case to a jury. Whenever one of our professionals sees a potential alternative resolution to your dispute, we will bring that to your attention, and let you decide how to proceed.

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Blog

Internet On Trial Modern Day Litigation, Cyber Defamation, and Law in Sports & Entertainment

  • Is it defamation to … tell someone to eat shit?
    by joe bahgat on 2017-08-14 at 3:35 pm

    This is an easy one. No. By definition, defamation is a false statement of fact, which damages another’s reputation or character. So, telling someone to eat shit, which is nothing but a more colorful way of saying ‘go fly a kite,’ is not defamation. Then why did HBO get sued along with its show host,...… Continue Reading […]

  • Is there a constitutionally protected right to record police activity?
    by joe bahgat on 2017-08-01 at 7:38 pm

    Spoiler alert: It depends. The short, easy answer is, yes, the First Amendment protects your right to film the actions of on-duty police officers, but the right is not without limits. The most common limitation on filming is when it interferes with police activities. As you probably guessed, the word interferes is subject to numerous...… Continue Reading […]

  • Own a gun? Hope you like jail.
    by joe bahgat on 2017-07-18 at 2:09 pm

    For all intents and purposes, it’s a crime just to have or possess a gun in the state of New Jersey—unless you’re in your own home—and with new rules just announced by the New Jersey judiciary, people charged with gun-related crimes now will go to jail immediately, denied bail, and the presumption of innocence until proven...… Continue Reading […]

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