Revealed: Billboard’s 2021 Top Music Lawyers – Billboard

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Jill Berliner
Partner, Rimon Law

Berliner, 63, whose firm represents Beck, The Chicks, Foo Fighters, Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins, was well prepared to weather the pandemic professionally, having long served her clients remotely. “We have been a cutting-edge virtual firm since Rimon was founded in 2008,” she says. Of late, she has reflected on the impact of this year’s loss of live events. “Once we have recovered from the pandemic,” she says, “the live-music landscape will have radically changed, but fans will be ecstatic to be able to see live shows.”

Most Crucial Issue Facing Creators:  “Songwriters, producers and recording artists must find a sophisticated collection arrangement to capitalize on their work. Streaming is still evolving, rules are changing, and arrangements for collection of the fractions of pennies that fall between the cracks if a creator isn’t well-represented can amount to real losses.”

Audrey Benoualid
Partner, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light
Josh Karp
Partner, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light
Tamara Milagros-Butler
Partner, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light
Robert Minzner
Partner, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light
Oren Agman
Associate, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light
Steven Arnst
Associate, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light
Andranise Baxter
Associate, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light
Haley Golding
Associate, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light
Lulu Pantin
Associate, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light
Andrew Paster
Associate, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light

Senior attorneys of Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light, who previously have been recognized on the Top Music Lawyers list, collectively chose to step out of the spotlight for 2021 to nominate their rising colleagues — a decision Billboard endorsed by giving the firm the largest representation in this year’s report. The firm represents some of the industry’s hottest stars — Justin Bieber, Dead & Co., Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Brockhampton and Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others — as well as rising talent like CHIKA and Verzache, and its attorneys have guided deals such as Concord’s acquisition of Pulse Music Group, Primary Wave’s purchase of music assets from Disturbed and Godsmack and the sale of songwriter Sean Douglas’ hit-filled publishing catalog to Vine Alternative Investments.

Charles “Jeff” Biederman
Partner, Manatt Entertainment, Manatt Phelps & Phillips
Jordan Bromley
Partner/leader, entertainment transactions and finance practice, Manatt Phelps & Phillips
Eric Custer
Partner, Manatt Entertainment, Manatt Phelps & Phillips
Gary Gilbert
Senior partner, Manatt Entertainment, Manatt Phelps & Phillips
Robert Jacobs
Partner/leader, entertainment litigation practice, Manatt Phelps & Phillips
Lee Phillips
Senior partner, Manatt Entertainment, Manatt Phelps & Phillips
Monika Tashman
Partner, Manatt Entertainment, Manatt Phelps & Phillips

Echoing a common theme, Bromley says the biggest takeaway from 2020 is how “we came together to beat back a pandemic, show resilience and achieve meaningful and lasting change inside and outside our industry.” At Manatt, that meant representing “buyers and sellers in more than $1 billion in catalog transactions. We advocated for, achieved and delivered guidance,” says Bromley, in connection with multiple federal pandemic relief channels including PPP, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. “We have worked hand in hand with our artist partners in demanding social justice” through legislative efforts, he adds. The firm’s partners represent a deep client roster that includes Pepe Aguilar, Paul Anka, Burt Bacharach, Dierks Bentley, Jackson Browne, Tracy Chapman, Death Cab for Cutie, Diplo, Dirty Projectors, The Drums, Eagles, John Lee Hooker, Major Lazer, Migos, ODESZA, Steve Perry, Sturgill Simpson, Thievery Corporation, Trap Nation, Brian Wilson, Neil Young and the estates of Rick James and Pop Smoke.

Joshua Binder
Jeremy Mohr
Paul Rothenberg
Partners/co-founders, Rothenberg Mohr & Binder

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