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Power Lawyers: THR Unveils America's Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys

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    Power Lawers 2012
    Bonnie Eskenazi
    Greenberg Glusker

    Stanford University School of Law

    Why she matters: In a bold move, Eskenazi is taking on Universal Music for a vendor of accounting software that claims the music label isn’t paying royalties in an accurate and timely manner. The case dovetails with her practice that often involves fights over multimillion-dollar properties like The Lord of the Rings. To that end, Eskenazi has been acting as the outside general counsel of Bob Marley’s estate, including helping with the development of a film project.

    Key case: Eskenazi is back in litigation against Warner Bros. for the Tolkien estate, this time targeting revenue from Rings and Hobbit online games and
slot machines. She notes that the Tolkien heirs are “older British folks, and it is not in their nature to litigate. We spent a couple years trying to settle this privately in meetings and mediations in two different cities. When that failed, we were left with no choice but to sue.”

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