Lisa A. Alter, Esq.

Lisa Alter

Lisa A. Alter’s practice is focused primarily in the area of copyright law, with a particular emphasis on domestic and international music copyright issues. She advises composers, authors, musical estates, and music publishers on a wide variety of transactional and licensing matters, conducts in-depth copyright due diligence in connection with the acquisition, sale and/or administration of copyright catalogues, and consults on issues involving termination of grants, recapture of copyrights, and foreign reversionary rights. Ms. Alter lectures frequently at law schools and professional meetings on copyright matters and has represented clients on legislative matters impacting their copyright interests. She has also testified as an expert witness in matters involving music publishing interests and copyright termination rights.  She is the author of “Protecting Your Musical Copyrights” which is now available in its third edition.

Ms. Alter is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law.

James M. Kendrick, Esq.

Jim Kendrick

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.

C. Katherine Baron, Esq.

Katie Baron

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.