also known as Laverne Y. Berry, Laverne Berry
Laverne Berry is an entertainment and media business affairs attorney. She was admitted to the bar in 1996 after having worked as a television producer and media business executive for 18 years. As an attorney, she represents on-air talent, independent producers, television and film production companies and cable networks. Her clients have earned numerous awards, including prestigious film festival awards and an Oscar® nomination. Before returning to private practice she was a Director of Legal and Business Affairs for A&E Television Networks.
As an executive for Thirteen/WNET, New York's premier Public Television station, RKO General Television, Avon Books and several independent production companies, she focused on the development, production, distribution and licensing of television programs and related ancillary products, e.g., DVDs, books, CDs and merchandise, and was known for closing difficult deals (using in equal parts, experience and humor). For her own media work, Ms. Berry has been recognized with a number of awards, including 2 CINE Golden Eagle® Awards, 2 Emmy® nominations, and 2 grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Ms. Berry has been designated as an approved clearance counsel for Fair Use review by Media/Professional Insurance, a world-wide leader in Media, Cyber and Technology insurance coverage.
Ms. Berry has been involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution for more than 15 years. She is a member of the American Arbitration Association's Los Angeles, New York and Boston Commercial Panels and the Federal Communications Panel, as well as the Independent Film and Television Alliance (formerly known as the American Film Marketing Association (AFMA)) arbitration panel.
She is President of the Board of New York Women in Film and Television, is counsel to the Women's Film Preservation Fund and a member of ABA Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the entertainment industry.
Licensed since 1996
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|2013 New York Super Lawyers - Metro||Super Lawyers||2013|
|2011 New York Super Lawyers - Metro||Super Lawyers||2011|
|AV Rated Since 2008||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|Owner||Law Firm of Laverne Berry||2002 - Present|
|Director, Legal and Business Affairs||A&E Television Networks||1999 - 2002|
|Owner||Law Firm of Laverne Berry||1996 - 1999|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|New York Women in Film and Television||Chair, Advisory Board||2010 - 2011|
|New York Women In Film & Telelvision||President of the Board||2007 - 2010|
|American Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|American Bar Association-Entertainment Committee||Member||2002 - Present|
|New York City Bar Association||Member||1996 - Present|
|Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Syracuse University||Radio and Television/Film||M.S.||1974|
|Mount Holyoke College||N/A||A.B.||1971|
|Mediation Settlement Day Kick-Off Event||The Future of Medation: Lesson fro Behavioral Economics||2012|
|Contracts, Insurance and Avoiding Lawsuits||Contracts and Insurance||2011|
|Breaking Up is Hard to Do||Dispute Resolution||2011|
|Web Series Summer Camp Workshop||Protecting your Intellectual Property||2010|
|Ethnic Diversity Steering Committee||Ethnic Diversity||2010|
|NASDAQ Closing Bell||Speaking at the Final Bell||2009|
|American Bar Association, Arbitration Training Institute||The role of the Arbitrator and the Disclosure Requirement||2009|
|William S. Boyd School of Law, Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution||Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Entertainment Industry||2008|
|American Arbitration Association||Representing Client in ADR, a primer for advocates who represent clients in Arbitration and Mediation settings||2007|
|American Arbitration Association, NY Dispute Resolution||Mini-Trial and Non-Trial Evaluative Techniques||2006|
|Ethics||Ethical Considerations for Advocates in B-2-B Mediation||2005|
|American Arbitration Association||Mock Mediation and Discussion||2005|
|Panel Discussion||Optimizing the Hearing in Arbitration||2004|
|New York Women in Film||Digital Dilemma: Legal Issues in the Digital World||2004|
|New York State Bar Association, CLE program||Legal Issues in Producing and Distributing Television Programming||2004|
|Hamptons International Film Festival||Copyright Laws: How Do You Know It's Yours?||2004|
|Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts||Introduction of Mediation for the Entertainment Industry||2003|
|New York State Bar Association, CLE program||ADR in the Entertainment Industry||2003|
|Entertainment ADR Committee of the ABA, Conflict Resolution||ADR in the Entertainment Industry||2002|
|Entertainment ADR Committee of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution||Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Entertainment Industry||2002|
|American Arbitration Association||Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Entertainment Attorney||2002|
|Entertainment ADR Committee of the ABA, Entertainment Legal Issues||From Development to Distribution: The Business and Legal Affairs of Independent Feature Film Production||2000|
|Entertainment ADR Committee of the ABA, Mediation for the Entertainment Industry||Mediation for the Entertainment Industry||1999|