Power Lawyers 2015: Hollywood's Top Music Business Attorneys Revealed

2:41 PM 4/21/2015

by THR Staff

Dry legal wonks? Hardly. Cyberattacks, nude iPhone photos, runaway agents, sex scandals — it's all in a day's work for this year's crop of the industry's most powerful lawyers.

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  • Jill Berliner


    King Holmes Paterno & Berliner
    USC Gould School of Law

    No small feat: forming 
a Nirvana LLC with Courtney Love. Berliner also reps Foo Fighters.

  • John Branca


    Ziffren Brittenham
    UCLA School of Law

    A co-executor of the Michael Jackson estate and architect of the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary, he also consulted on Sony/ATV’s $2.2 billion purchase of EMI Publishing.

  • John T. Frankenheimer


    Loeb & Loeb
    UCLA School of Law

    M&A deals for BMG Publishing, Glassnote and Warner Music mean "great synergies and great challenges."

  • Eric Greenspan


    Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light
    American University Washington College of Law

    The firm's music department, built under his watch, reps rock (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and pop (Justin Bieber) stars.

  • Ken Hertz


    Hertz Lichtenstein & Young
    UCLA School of Law

    Negotiating DJ Calvin Harris' residency at Hakkasan in Las Vegas set a new bar for EDM stars.

  • Dina LaPolt


    LaPolt Law
    John F. Kennedy University College of Law

    At the top of her list: longtime clients Steven Tyler and Deadmau5 and overhauling copyright law.

  • Kenny Meiselas


    Grubman Shire & Meiselas
    Hofstra Law

    Bringing superstars (Lady Gaga, Usher) and emerging talent (The Weeknd, Jhene Aiko) to the house that Alan Grubman built.

  • Don Passman


    Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown
    Harvard Law School

    The author of All You Need to Know About the Music Business represents Mariah Carey, who launches a Vegas run on May 6.

  • Lee Phillips


    Manatt Phelps & Phillips
    Cornell Law School

    His clients include Brian Wilson, Barbra Streisand and the Eagles. "They keep me very busy," he says.

  • Bobby Rosenbloum


    Greenberg Traurig
    Harvard Law School

    Work in the music-tech space led him to "the ongoing battle between sound recording and publishing interests — and what their piece of the pie should be."