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

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    POWER LUNCH: John Branca
    AP Photo/Theo & Juliet/Courtesy of John Branca
    John Branca
    Ziffren Brittenham

    UCLA School of Law

    Why he matters: Once known for representing Michael Jackson, Branca has expanded his focus to touring, buying and selling companies and management. That’s in addition to handling the Jackson estate as one of its trustees.

    Big deal: The Ferrari-loving Branca consulted on Sony/ATV’s June 2012 acquisition of EMI Publishing for $2.2 billion and serves as executive producer of Cirque du Soleil’s Immortal tour, which has passed $300 million in total box office. Other recent deals include Carlos Santana’s residency at Las Vegas’ House of Blues and a new joint venture for Rick Rubin’s American Recordings label with Universal Music. A source of great pride for Branca is his co-management of the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary reunion last year, which marked the first time founding members Brian Wilson and Mike Love performed together in two decades.

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