Entertainment law expert witness candidates typically have a background in intellectual property law or contract law, and could have specific expertise in copyright law. Entertainment law addresses many types of media including television, film, music, publishing, advertising, news media, and the internet. Entertainment law has overlap with intellectual property law, and also encompasses other areas applicable to the entertainment industry including employment law, contract law, right of privacy, defamation, advertising, and insurance law. An intellectual property protection program stops others from using an owner’s intellectual property without a licensing agreement.
Litigation support by an entertainment law expert witness could include research, an expert report, expert opinion, expert testimony and/or trial testimony. An economic damages expert could be called upon to provide lost profits and damages. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may require an entertainment lawyer with prior expert witness testimony experience.
Cahn Litigation Services is often called on by attorney clients to identify entertainment law professionals; the firm has placed experts for a wide variety of entertainment legal issues. Cases have involved:
Cahn Litigation Services is skilled and experienced at identifying the ideal expert to support all types of entertainment industry matters.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Entertainment Law experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Entertainment Law landscape.
This expert is a nationally recognized entertainment and IP law scholar, and an expert witness and consultant in copyright, trademark, right of publicity and entertainment contract cases. This expert has many years of experience teaching and practicing Entertainment Law, Copyright Law, Publicity Rights, and International Entertainment Law.
In addition to a consultancy, this expert is a professor teaching music law courses, including the topics of music revenue streams, the distinction between the composition copyright and the sound recording copyright, and the relationships between the players in the music industry (such as composers, performers, record labels, and music publishers). This expert holds a law degree, is a regular speaker speak at academic and law practitioner conferences, and is well-published in music copyright law.
This expert leads an entertainment law firm. For many years, this expert has represented some of the largest entertainment law transactions in history. This expert's client list is a who's who in the entertainment industry from Hip Hop Grammy Award winners to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members.
This expert transformed a practice from litigation to purely transactional, specializing in complex publishing agreements. This expert helped found a record company and worked with many very well- known musicians.
Throughout entertainment law practice, this expert has been awarded gold and platinum records from internationally acclaimed artists.
In addition to work as a litigator and record producer/promoter, this expert has handled the complex licensing negotiations and agreements, been involved in the purchase and sale of record companies, publishing companies, and businesses of all descriptions.
This expert concentrates practice in the areas of corporate litigation and appeals and has represented major corporations, municipalities, unions, small businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals in complex commercial and corporate litigation, construction litigation involving mechanic's lien foreclosures, insurance fraud actions, first-party property litigation, negligence, complex mass toxic tort litigation in both domestic and foreign forums, employment and labor matters involving claims of discrimination, FLSA claims, wage and hour violations and partnership, entertainment law, Article 78 litigation, and real estate disputes.
This expert was previously associated with a prominent national firm.
This expert is admitted to practice law in multiple states and is admitted to practice before United States District Courts and the United States Supreme Court. This expert is a member of State and County Bar Associations.
This expert received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctor degree.
This expert has worked as an independent Music Producer/Consultant servicing the TV, Radio, Digital Media and Advertising communities. This expert's business is focused on music production, song licensing and creating Brand Partnerships. Concurrently, this expert serves as Director of Strategic Marketing for a digital audio technology company founded by an iconic music producer. This expert's role is multi-dimensional across a variety of industries: Consumer & Entertainment, Medical, and Aviation.
Most of this expert's career has been spent producing music for major Brands in the world of advertising. This expert is probably best known for work serving as SVP/Executive Music Producer. This position afforded executive level marketing experience while creating relationships at the highest levels of the music industry. This expert helped set the standard for music licensing which drives today's market. This expert helped break down the barriers between the music and ad industries by giving many famous artists the opportunity to lend their talents to brand advertising.
Over time, artists and Brands became an effective, in-demand marketing "solution". This expert oversaw many such deals and managed the relationships. This expert's skills in both copyright and contract law were honed during these years. As is the nature of the business, this expert helped fend-off inevitable copyright infringement suits (all of which were successfully defended), and repaired issues as they arose with artist/brand partnerships. This expert worked hand in hand with an attorney as problems arose; and while this expert never provided expert testimony as an outside consultant (he was contractually prevented from doing so), this expert has given depositions, provided testimony, created defense strategies and researched data.
From a marketing perspective, music has always been a critical element to consumer engagement. As the stigma of advertising melted away mostly due to music piracy, artists and record labels lined up at this expert's doorstep looking to make a deal.
Brands became the new major source of revenue replacing record sales. Brands loved the cache associated with these artists and their music, providing "instant equity". Pop and Rock artists were the first wave. The second wave was bigger, more intense and out of the box - Hip Hop. Wholesome brands were foregoing "morals clauses" in their contracts to align themselves with the Gansta element. And this expert knows, as this expert did many of those deals. And they wouldn't have been done if the data did not support the value of the partnership.
This expert, who has practiced law for many years, is one of the most respected names in the field of intellectual property law and licensing. This expert was one of the founding partners of a major IP law firm. This expert has represented many of the leading property owners in the entertainment, sports, celebrity, corporate and art communities and has negotiated and drafted more than a thousand license agreements. This expert now serves as managing partner for a group representing a diverse client base, including Fortune 500 corporations, A-list celebrities, major toy companies, toy designers and design firms, leading consumer packaged goods companies, professional sports league players' associations, mixed martial arts leagues, colleges and universities, licensing agents and brokers, artists, designers and inventors. This expert has published more than 50 books on various aspects of licensing and licensing negotiation. This expert has been designated as an expert in more than 40 cases involving licensing and valuation issues, both in court and arbitration.