Sally Helppie (pictured with director Michael Stokes) wears multiple professional hats — entertainment lawyer, adjunct law professor and movie producer. The fourth movie she produced — "Infiltrators," an indie action thriller — premiers in Dallas on July 18.
Helppie, of counsel at Dallas’ Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein and the president of Dallas-based Advocate Pictures, gained a new client in the process of producing the movie.
Helppie says she hatched the idea for “Infiltrators” when an existing client, a company that owned a downtown Dallas building, asked if she wanted to use footage of its scheduled demolition for a potential movie. Around the same time, the demolition company told her about another demolition. Helppie used the shots of both demolitions for “Infiltrators,” which was directed by Michael Stokes.
That demolition company subsequently became a client for Helppie, after she helped it develop a deal to appear on a reality television show currently in production about, you guessed it, demolitions.
Meanwhile, Helppie’s colleagues — Chuck Serafino, a firm shareholder, (holding the pink cup) and Mike Farris, of counsel for the firm, (the security guard) — got bit parts in the movie. So did Locke Lord partner Paul Coggins, who is Helppie’s former mentor, head of his firm’s white collar criminal defense unit, a fiction writer, and a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Helppie says all three lawyers played their roles pro bono or simply for “the glory.” She plans though to give them tickets to the premier.
-- Miriam Rozen