Jill H. Berliner


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(310) 935-0805


University of Southern California

J.D. - 1984; Law Review, Member and Editor; Order of the Coif, 1982

University of California, Santa Cruz

B.A.; Honors Program - 1979 Major: History

Previous Experience

  • King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner (Name Partner)
  • Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. LLP. (Partner)


  • State of California 
  • State of New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California


  • English
  • Spanish

Professional Experience

From "baby bands" to multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning artists, record and publishing companies, professional athletes, authors, and Oscar-winning filmmakers, Ms. Berliner has represented artists, songwriters, managers, producers, production companies, athletes, authors, film producers, directors, actors, writers, telecommunications companies, and related businesses originating from throughout the U.S., in the UK and Europe, Canada, Australia, and Latin America for over 30 years.

All Matters Related to Record Companies, such as:

  • Recording contracts
  • Pressing and Distribution deals
  • Licensing
  • Catalog acquisitions
  • Producer deals

All Matters Related to Music Publishing, such as:

  • Publishing administration
  • Co-Publishing agreements
  • Sub-Publishing agreements
  • Public Performance company affiliations
  • Copyright renewals and terminations
  • Catalog acquisitions

All Matters Related to General Sports and Entertainment Business, such as:

  • Touring
  • Management contracts
  • Agency agreements
  • Joint venture, company, partnership and LLC formation
  • Film funding and licensing
  • Band agreements
  • Sideman employment agreements
  • Sponsorships, endorsements
  • Actors engagements

All Matters Related to Film Music, such as:

  • Composer agreements
  • Soundtrack distribution deals
  • Music Supervisor deals


  • Top Music Lawyers, Billboard (MRC), 2018-present
  • Top 5% Music Law and Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation, Legal Leaders in The Law West Coast (ALM), July 2017-18.
  • Preeminent AV, Martindale Hubbell (Internet Brands), 2000-2018
  • California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers (Thompson Reuters Corporation), 2009-2018
  • Power Lawyers: Hollywood's Top Music Business Attorneys, The Hollywood Reporter (Valence Media), 2015-2018

Speaking Engagements and Mentions

  • Featured on Billboard Magazine's article “Women In Music 2016: Power of Attorneys”, December 2016
  • The Pitfalls of Dealing with Teen Idols, Association of Independent Music Publishers, October 2010
  • Right of Publicity, MCLE Presentation, June 2009
  • Co-Publishing Agreements:  You Want a Piece of Me?, Association of Independent Music Publishers, September 2007
  • The Way the Real World Works A Music Business Primer, MCLE Presentation, June 2005
  • Wireless Products, MCLE Presentation, May 2005
  • Association 2004 Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, USC Law School, September 2004