Lisa A. Alter’s practice is focused primarily in the area of copyright law, with a particular emphasis on music copyright issues. She advises a number of prominent major and independent music publishing companies, as well as equity investors, in copyright and transactional matters. She represents clients in transactions involving the acquisition and sale of significant music assets, negotiates and closes complex stock and asset purchase agreements, and conducts in-depth copyright due diligence in connection with the acquisition, sale and/or administration of music copyright catalogues.
Ms. Alter’s clients also include a large number of bespoke songwriters, recording artists and producers as well as musical estates comprising the successors to many of the great American songbook composers and lyricists. Among her clients are numerous inductees into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and are the recipients of Grammy and Ivor Novello awards. In addition to advising her clients on a wide variety of transactional and licensing matters, Ms. Alter has gained a formidable reputation for her work in the area of termination of transfers in accordance with the United States Copyright Act and the recapture of music publishing and master recording copyrights.
Ms. Alter lectures frequently on copyright issues at professional and music industry meetings in both the US and the UK. She has represented clients on US legislative matters impacting their copyright interests. She has also testified as an expert witness in cases involving music publishing interests and statutory copyright termination rights.
Ms. Alter is the author of “Protecting Your Musical Copyrights,” which has been released in its third edition, as well as a number of articles addressing music licensing topics. Ms. Alter received her BA from Wesleyan University and her JD from New York University School of Law. As part of her undergraduate work she studied at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Ms. Alter is admitted to the Bar in New York, California and New Jersey.
Trained as an oboist at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, Jim Kendrick began his music publishing career in 1977 before studying law. Following graduation from law school in 1983, he has specialized in intellectual property matters with a particular emphasis on the music and audio-visual industries. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Kendrick has also served as a senior executive of several music publishing companies including Boosey & Hawkes, Schott Music/European American Music and Universal Music Publishing Classical.
Mr. Kendrick became a director of ASCAP in 2007 and was named Treasurer in 2008.
Mr. Kendrick is also Secretary and a Director of The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Amphion Foundation, the Virgil Thomson Foundation, The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and The Charles Ives Society. He also is a director of New Music USA and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Alice M. Ditson Fund. He is a member of the Executive Committee of The International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and counsel to the Music Publishers Association of the United States and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a frequent speaker on copyright and music industry business practices both in the US and overseas.
Katie Baron concentrates her practice in the area of music transactions with a special focus on issues related to copyright law. She handles the negotiating, drafting and implementing of a wide range of agreements within the entertainment industry and counsels on matters related to the acquisition, administration and licensing of rights both with respect to traditional media as well as in the ever-evolving digital arena. Her clients include a number of composers, songwriters, musical estates, performing artists and music publishers. She also advises music service providers, opera companies and producers of audio-visual content on rights clearance matters. In addition, Katie serves as counsel to the Music Publishers Association of the United States and several prominent musical foundations. She speaks frequently on matters related to copyright law for various professional groups and trade associations. She is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA, the New York State Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Law Section and The International Association of Entertainment Lawyers. Katie has a bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and received her law degree from Fordham University.
Joyce Sydnee Dollinger works with clients to protect intellectual property, generate more revenue from media assets and negotiate various agreements. She has advised companies from start-ups to entertainment conglomerates as well as artists, managers and music producers on recorded music, music publishing, copyright law, licensing and clearances, live events, merchandising, business contracts and technology. Joyce serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association, Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section and as an elected Board Member of the New York chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers. She received her law degree from the University of Miami and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Russian from Bucknell University. She is admitted to practice in New York and Florida.