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About me

I began my own practice in 1994 and since then have had the pleasure to work with individuals and companies undertaking virtually every aspect of what can be very broadly called the entertainment industry, from musicians, writers and producers, to managers and record labels and publishers, from actors to production companies, from voice over producers to the wife of a famous musician, to various websites and other start-ups, to a music based charity, and practically anything else one could imagine.


 


I enjoy working with people new to the entertainment industry as well as with sophisticated long-term participants.  Each has its own unique experiences it brings to the project then at hand.


 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Entertainment: 50%
    26 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 40%
    26 years
  3. Trademark Application: 10%
    25 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

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Contact info

1680 N Vine St #1011
Hollywood, CA, 90028-8837

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199011/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Dean Sheldon Serwin1994 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Stephen J. Finfer1992 - 1994
Director, Legal and Business AffairsGibraltar Entertainment, Inc.1991 - 1991
Attorney, Business Affairs, CEMA Special MarketsCapitol Records, Inc.1991 - 1992
Attorney, Business Affairs, CEMA Special MarketsCapitol Records1989 - 1991
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Century City Bar Association NewsletterOf Copyrights and Cowboys (Bull Riders, actually)2012
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of California - Los AngelesEcon/BusinessOther - Bachelors1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NARIP PanelOverview of a Music Producer Deal2015
NARIP EventMajor areas of negotiation in a digital music rights agreement2013
California Lawyers 4 the Arts PanelTrademark Law for Arts and Arts Organizations2013
California Lawyers 4 the ArtsCopyright and Publishing Rights for Musicians2013
California Lawyers 4 the Arts PanelIssues Involving Copyright and the Use of Music in an Audio-Visual Work2012
NARIP EventMusic In TV2011
Art Center College of Design LectureIssues Involving Copyright and the Use of Music in an Audio-Visual Work2011
NAMMRock Record and Roll2010
BAD West EventMusic Clip Licensing2010
The Learning Annex EventHow to Produce the Perfect Sound2007
Vegas Music Conference PanelPROTECTING YOUR MUSIC YOUR MUSIC & CONTRACT NEGOTIOATIONS2006