The Floria V. Lasky Award

On April 28, 2012, the Jerome Robbins Foundation presented the Floria V. Lasky Award to Paul H. Epstein in recognition of his significant contributions to both entertainment law and the arts. A partner at Proskauer Rose for nearly 30 years, his accomplishments are many. Among them, he founded Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and was instrumental in establishing the George Balanchine Trust and the Leonard Bernstein Office as well as helping to bring Jerome Robbins' Broadway to the stage. The award was given in tribute to one of the most influential and successful entertainment attorneys in the world of dance, theater, literature and music.

Floria V. Lasky (1923 - 2007) was a leader in the field of entertainment law and a lead partner in the law firm Fitelson Lasky Aslan & Couture. A master negotiator, she represented such clients as Jerome Robbins, Jule Styne, Elia Kazan, Tennessee Williams and Carson McCullers. With a career spanning more than six decades, Floria was an inspiration and mentor to generations. The award and symposium that preceded its presentation are dedicated to her commitment to the cultural life of New York City.

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