Power Lawyers 2016: Hollywood's Top Music Business Attorneys

6:00 AM 4/20/2016

by THR Staff

Eleven lawyers who rock.

  • John Branca

    Ziffren Brittenham

    Courtesy of Subject

    ALMA MATER UCLA

    He was at Michael Jackson's side when he bought the ATV catalog in '85 for a mere $47.5 million — and was co-executor of his estate in March when it sold half of Sony/ATV to Sony for $750 million.

  • John Frankenheimer

    Loeb & Loeb

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    ALMA MATER UCLA

    Along with repping Quincy Jones and Diana Ross, in 2015 he handled catalog acquisitions for BMG Rights Management and Warner Music Group.

  • Gary Gilbert

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips

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    ALMA MATER UCLA

    The ex-senior vp of Capitol Records now reps everyone from Pat Benatar to Sheryl Crow — and, for the past seven years, the finalists on American Idol.

  • Eric Greenspan

    Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light

    Courtesy of Subject

    ALMA MATER Washington College of Law

    He still goes on the road with his rock-star clients, including Guns N' Roses' Slash and Duff McKagan and the remaining members of the Grateful Dead.

  • Dina LaPolt

    LaPolt Law P.C.

    Courtesy of Subject

    ALMA MATER John F. Kennedy University

    She got Donald Trump to back off from using Steven Tyler's "Dream On" at political rallies and took on the mighty Disney for deadmau5 in a battle over the artist's signature mouse head.

  • Kenny Meiselas

    Grubman Shire & Meiselas

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    ALMA MATER Hofstra

    He helped Sean Combs with the Bad Boy & The Family reunion tour. Also reps Lady Gaga and The Weeknd.

  • Don Passman

    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown

    Courtesy of Subject

    ALMA MATER Harvard

    His impressive roster of clients spans decades of pop music, from Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon to Taylor Swift and Adele.

  • Peter Paterno

    King Holmes Paterno Berliner

    Courtesy of Subject

    ALMA MATER UCLA

    Metallica's longtime lawyer also reps Dr. Dre (helping with Straight Outta Compton) and brokered the reissue of Van Halen masters.

  • Lee Phillips

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips

    Courtesy of Subject

    ALMA MATER Cornell

    He reps oldies but goodies — Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka, Kenny Loggins and Barbra Streisand, among others.

  • Bobby Rosenbloum

    Greenberg Traurig

    Courtesy of Subject

    ALMA MATER Harvard

    He helped Amazon with the licensing behind Prime Music and has been repping Microsoft for the last 16 years (most recently on Microsoft’s Groove Music).

  • Aaron Rosenberg

    Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light

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    ALMA MATER Harvard

    He's Justin Bieber's lawyer, which should keep anyone busy. But he also reps Jennifer Lopez and John Legend.

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