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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.


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Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 45%
  2. Arbitration: 25%
  3. Mediation: 10%
  4. Licensing: 10%
  5. Other: 10%
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  • Domenic Romano

    I’ve personally known Laverne Berry for over 6 years. She is an experienced, responsive, knowledgeable attorney. She’s thoughtful and really knows what she’s talk about. I endorse her.


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Contact info

Berry Entertainment Law

382 Warren Street
Suite 3L
Brooklyn, NY, 11201


NYCurrently registered 199603/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2014 New York Super Lawyers - MetroSuper Lawyers2014
2013 New York Super Lawyers - MetroSuper Lawyers2013
2011 New York Super Lawyers - MetroSuper Lawyers2011
AV Rated Since 2008Martindale-Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Firm of Laverne Berry2002 - Present
Director, Legal and Business AffairsA&E Television Networks1999 - 2002
OwnerLaw Firm of Laverne Berry1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
American Bar Association-Entertainment CommitteeMember2002 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
New York Women in Film and TelevisionChair, Advisory Board2010 - 2011
New York Women In Film & TelelvisionPresident of the Board2007 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
DGA MonthlyEthnic Diversity Steering Committee Special Guest Series: A Conversation with Laverne Berry2010
Hollywood ReporterNew York Independents2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Syracuse UniversityRadio and Television/FilmMS - Master of Science1974
Mount Holyoke CollegeN/AA.B.1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Women Make Movies WorkshopSetting up Your Company: A Business and Legal Primer2015
ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports IndustriesBig Traps and Fine Print: What Production Lawyers Need to Know About Union/Guild Agreements2015
Mediation Settlement Day Kick-Off EventThe Future of Medation: Lesson from Behavioral Economics2012
Contracts, Insurance and Avoiding LawsuitsContracts and Insurance2011
Breaking Up is Hard to DoDispute Resolution2011
Web Series Summer Camp WorkshopProtecting your Intellectual Property2010
Ethnic Diversity Steering CommitteeEthnic Diversity2010
NASDAQ Closing BellSpeaking at the Final Bell2009
American Bar Association, Arbitration Training InstituteThe role of the Arbitrator and the Disclosure Requirement2009
William S. Boyd School of Law, Saltman Center for Conflict ResolutionAlternative Dispute Resolution in the Entertainment Industry2008
American Arbitration AssociationRepresenting Client in ADR, a primer for advocates who represent clients in Arbitration and Mediation settings2007
American Arbitration Association, NY Dispute ResolutionMini-Trial and Non-Trial Evaluative Techniques2006
EthicsEthical Considerations for Advocates in B-2-B Mediation2005
American Arbitration AssociationMock Mediation and Discussion2005
Panel DiscussionOptimizing the Hearing in Arbitration2004
New York Women in FilmDigital Dilemma: Legal Issues in the Digital World2004
New York State Bar Association, CLE programLegal Issues in Producing and Distributing Television Programming2004
Hamptons International Film FestivalCopyright Laws: How Do You Know It's Yours?2004
Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsIntroduction of Mediation for the Entertainment Industry2003
New York State Bar Association, CLE programADR in the Entertainment Industry2003
Entertainment ADR Committee of the ABA, Conflict ResolutionADR in the Entertainment Industry2002
Entertainment ADR Committee of the ABA Section on Dispute ResolutionAlternative Dispute Resolution in the Entertainment Industry2002
American Arbitration AssociationIntroduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Entertainment Attorney2002
Entertainment ADR Committee of the ABA, Entertainment Legal IssuesFrom Development to Distribution: The Business and Legal Affairs of Independent Feature Film Production2000
Entertainment ADR Committee of the ABA, Mediation for the Entertainment IndustryMediation for the Entertainment Industry1999