About

I have been a music lawyer for 26 years, since December 10, 1985. Since that time, I have represented songwriters, musicians, heirs of songwriters, music publishers, production companies, film studios, record labels, photographers, artists, designers, and various other creative people. I have handled contractual disputes, copyright infringement cases,  name and likeness cases, various transactional matters, and royalty disputes. I have been a litigator for both plaintiffs and defendants. My current emphasis will be the administration of various music publishing catalogues, digital rights matters, copyright termination issues, and royalty collection matters.

Published Opinions:

Cohen v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 845 F.2d 851 (9th Cir. 1988)

Valente-Kritzer Video v. Pinckney, 881 F.2d 772 (9th Cir. 1989)

Marascalco v. Fantasy, Inc., U.S.P.Q.2d 1409 (C.D. Cal. 1990)

Marascalco v. Fantasy, Inc., 953 F.2d 469 (9th Cir. 1991)

Jackson v. Axton, 25 F.3d 884 (9th Cir. 1994)

Third Story Music, Inc. v. Waits, 41 Cal. App. 4th 798, 48 Cal. Rptr. 2d 747 (2nd Dist. 1995)

Peterson v. Highland, 140 F.3d 1313 (9th Cir. 1998)(represented prevailing plaintiffs at trial only)

Russell v. Foglio, 160 Cal.App.4th 653 (2nd Dist. 2008)

Cosmetic Ideas v. IAC/InterActiveCorp, 606 F.3d 612 (9th Cir. 2010)

J.C. v. Beverly Hills Unified School District, 711 F. Supp. 2d 1094 (C.D. Cal. 2010)