Howard Hertz formed the law firm of Hertz Schram PC with Bradley Schram in 1979. He specializes in entertainment law and is the lead attorney for Hertz Schram's Entertainment Practice Group. Since 1976, he has represented numerous artists and entities in the entertainment field, including authors, screenwriters, recording artists, radio personalities, producers, production companies, record labels, agents, artist managers, music publishers, songwriters, and athletes. Among others, his most well-known clients have been George Clinton, Sippie Wallace, The Romantics, The Bass Brothers, Eminem, Marilyn Manson, Jack White, Russell Simmons, Pantera, The GO, Marcus Belgrave, Mike Posner, Elmore Leonard, Warner Tamerlane, and Atlantic Records. Services provided to entertainment clients range from contract negotiation and litigation to entity formation and estate/tax planning. Hertz travels to MIDEM, the International Music Festival in Cannes, France, annually, on behalf of his clients.
Among the many organizations and honors to Hertz's credit, he is a member of the board of directors and president of the Detroit Music Awards Foundation (the Detroit Music Awards), a former member of the board of governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (the Recording Academy/Grammy Awards) Chicago Chapter (2004-2012), a former member of the Michigan Film Advisory Commission (2006-2008), counsel to and vice-chair of the board of directors of the Sphinx Organization, a Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellow, a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, a member of the Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts Board of Visitors, a member and former chairperson of the Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports Section of the State Bar of Michigan (also the 2004 recipient of the John Hensel Award for significant contributions to the arts community), former counsel to and a former member of the board of directors of ArtServe Michigan, counsel to and a member of the board of directors of the American Music Research Foundation, counsel to and a member of the board of directors of D-PAN: Deaf Professional Arts Network, and is on the advisory board for Common Ground Sanctuary.
Hertz has participated on panels and lectured on various entertainment-related topics for organizations and schools such as the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences, Detroit Music Awards Foundation, Wayne State University Law School, Cooley Law School, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan Law School, MOBfest, and the Detroit Historical Museum. He is an adjunct professor at Michigan Law and at Wayne State University Law School, teaching a course in entertainment law.
Hertz graduated from Wayne State University in 1972 with distinction and received his law degree from Wayne State University in 1976, where he graduated cum laude