Education

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

Bars & Courts

  • California Bar, 1984
  • Washington, D.C. Bar, 2012
  • New York Bar, 2013
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Languages

  • 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 film makers, 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

Honoraria

  • Ms. Berliner was listed in the top 5% of  the country’s most prestigious attorneys within the Music Law and Sports, Entertainment and Recreation practice areas by Legal Leaders in The Law West Coast, an ALM subsidiary, in association with top AV Preeminent® attorneys. July 2017
  • Ms. Berliner has been awarded an "AV" rating by Martindale Hubbell every year for the last sixteen years (2000-2016). "AV" means highest possible peer review rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.
  • Ms. Berliner has been consistently selected as a California Super Lawyer.
  • Ms. Berliner was ranked first of the "Power Lawyers 2015:  Hollywood's Top Music Business Attorneys" in The Hollywood Reporter.  
  • Rated By Super Lawyers

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