Paul Szynol is a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School and specializes in media, art, entertainment, and technology transactions. He’s worked with award-winning filmmakers, artists, tech startups, and tech multinationals. 

Szynol has written about fair use for The Atlantic and has appeared on CNN and CBS to discuss the doctrine’s importance. He regularly lectures on legal issues related to film production, including talks and panels at the Sundance Institute, SXSW, Tribeca Film Institute, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, DOC NYC, Documentary Association of Europe, Camden International Film Festival, and many others.

He is also a filmmaker. His documentaries have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, and have been shown at festivals internationally, including AFI Docs, Big Sky, Clermont-Ferrand, DOV NYC, Palm Springs, Slamdance, and Toronto International Film Festival (Kids). 

In the past, Szynol played loud drums with loud bands in a bunch of loud places, including CBGB. He also started coding in seventh grade, and he’s still an occasional software developer (mostly Python and Java). He likes old jazz records, even older trains, and virtually every dog he’s ever met.