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Laverne Y. Berry

Entertainment Attorney at Brooklyn, NY

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Laverne Y. Berry, Laverne Berry

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1996
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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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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Berry Entertainment Law
382 Warren Street
Suite 3L
Brooklyn, NY, 11201


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Posted by Elizabeth | January 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Super Lawyer
Laverne has represented me in my role as Producer and also as a writer in the making of 9 films. I had had other representation over the years, but from the day I met Laverne, I knew I was in good hands. I knew I was in truthful and responsive hands. I knew I had found a strategic, focused, forceful, moral lawyer. We have had a wonderful, joyful time working together, even as Laverne represents and demystifies our projects. Laverne has taught me so much about the law, about ethics, about appropriate fierceness, about thorough research, and about having a good laugh at ourselves. I have a great teacher and a Super Lawyer! Thank you, Laverne.
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Posted by Steven | August 8, 2014
An engaged and knowledgeable advisor
I am a former entertainment and intellectual property lawyer who left practice over 20 years ago to run global entertainment businesses. I have worked closely with Laverne Berry over the past 25 years as both a colleague and client on a wide range of complex and innovative issues. She is always extremely well-informed on the latest developments in the field, creative in solving problems and responsive in emergencies. She has very strong negotiating skills and always looks for solutions for all parties in a deal or project. In addition, through her ongoing active involvement in a range of professional organizations, such as her role as President of NY Women in Film and Television, she has built up a strong network of other lawyers to support her clients and supplement her own expertise.
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Posted by Charles | May 10, 2010
Expert and Personable Advocate for Media & Entertainment Professionals
Laverne Berry is a conscientious, detail-oriented and knowledgeable advocate for my media production company. She is a also a tireless and dedicated champion for the work that I do. Anyone working in the entertainment industry would benefit greatly from her expertise. I can't recommend Laverne more highly.
Posted by Peggy | October 30, 2009
Took care of everything
My first book, TAnglewood - A Group Memoir, was published by Amadeus Press and Laverne represented me in the negotiations. I am a TV producer and know nothing about the ins and outs of publishing, but Laverne knew everything and handled a somewhat difficult situation brilliantly.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2009
One of the best entertainment lawyers in New York
Laverne Berry is an incredible entertainment law attorney. She is quick to respond to the needs of her clients and effectively negotiates on the client's behalf and in their favor. She has the ability to be tenacious and steadfast in serving her client's interest, yet does so in a gracious and elegant way.


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Work Experience

  • 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


  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Syracuse University
  • M.S.
  • 1974
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • A.B.
  • 1971


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association-Entertainment Committee
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • New York Women in Film and Television
  • Chair, Advisory Board
  • 2010 - 2011
  • New York Women In Film & Telelvision
  • President of the Board
  • 2007 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated Since 2008
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 2014 New York Super Lawyers - Metro
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • 2013 New York Super Lawyers - Metro
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • 2011 New York Super Lawyers - Metro
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
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  • Hollywood Reporter
  • New York Independents
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Women Make Movies Workshop
  • Setting up Your Company: A Business and Legal Primer
  • 2015
  • ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • Big Traps and Fine Print: What Production Lawyers Need to Know About Union/Guild Agreements
  • 2015
  • Mediation Settlement Day Kick-Off Event
  • The Future of Medation: Lesson from 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
  • 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
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Entertainment Attorney | Jun 01
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"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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Brooklyn Entertainment Lawyer Laverne Y. Berry
Laverne Y. Berry
Entertainment Attorney
Brooklyn, NY
Licensed for 27 years