About the Authors

Law Law Land is edited by Ken Basin, a Greenberg Glusker lawyer whose practice focuses on dealmaking for talent and producers, entertainment litigation, and copyright and trademark issues related to the entertainment industry. His extensive prior journalistic experience includes writing for his high school newspaper, his college newspaper, and his law school newspaper, yet his attempts to have his colleagues and bosses refer to him as “Chief” have been largely unsuccessful. Ken’s game show exploits have also made him the subject of numerous YouTube memes.

Brian Berman is an associate in Greenberg Glusker’s Family/Strategic Wealth Planning Group. Mr. Berman counsels high net worth individuals and families on issues involving tax planning, wealth transfer, business succession, non-profit organizations and post-death trust administration.

Amber Burroff is a litigation associate at Greenberg Glusker with a focus in entertainment and media. Amber also specializes in business litigation and bankruptcy matters.

Amber joined the firm in 2011 after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Ernest M. Robles of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. During her tenure at the court, Judge Robles facilitated the reorganization of multiple major entertainment and real estate companies.

Before her clerkship, she served on the Board of the Ecology Law Quarterly at UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). While at Boalt, Amber worked as a research assistant to Professor Peter S. Menell, Faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, where she had the opportunity to assist in the preparation of articles on cutting-edge intellectual property issues. She also completed an externship with the Honorable Robin L. Riblet of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Prior to law school, Amber earned her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University where she studied the integration of theatre performance techniques with trial skills. She spent several years performing in regional theaters and in independent films, with favorite roles including Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Denise Savage in John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo.

Ricardo Cestero represents a diverse group of clients in entertainment, real estate and business disputes. Mr. Cestero has particular expertise in First Amendment issues, such as defamation and restraint of speech, as well as extensive experience handling motion picture and television production and distribution disputes.

Matt Falley represents individuals and companies in the real estate and entertainment industries in various commercial disputes.

Aaron Gafni represents clients in a wide variety of general corporate and transactional matters, ranging from entity formation and initial capitalization to private equity financing and mergers and acquisitions. He advises entrepreneurs, start-ups and middle market companies across a broad range of business sectors, including internet, entertainment, consumer goods and clean tech.

Aaron also advises clients regarding bankruptcy related matters, including the minimization of financial risk pre-bankruptcy, the prosecution of claims in bankruptcy, and the defense of preference actions or other adversary proceedings. In addition, he has represented a number of private foundations in the formation, structuring and qualification of non-profit 501(c)(3) corporations.

Matt Galsor represents actors, directors, writers, and producers in their dealings with studios, networks, and production companies. In addition to established A talent, Mr. Galsor’s practice includes a talented group of up-and-coming artists.

Julia Haye has a diverse litigation practice in which she handles a variety of entertainment, intellectual property and general business matters.

Ms. Haye has successfully handled matters involving claims for copyright and trademark infringement, right of publicity, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract and fraud. Julia has also handled a number of matters involving complex partnership and shareholder disputes.

Jeff Krieger is a business lawyer specializing in bankruptcy related matters. He specializes in advising clients in minimizing financial risk when entering into a variety of types of agreements, including loan agreements, purchase and sale agreements, joint venture agreements, and settlement agreements. He also creates solutions for clients who have already entered into transactions with troubled companies, including representing them in proceedings before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Krieger also represents investors who are purchasing stock in private companies or acquiring assets both in and outside of bankruptcy proceedings.

Stefanie J. Lipson is an associate in Greenberg Glusker’s Family Wealth Planning Group. Ms. Lipson’s practice focuses on comprehensive estate planning for high net worth individuals, family business succession planning, probate and trust administration and the law of tax-exempt organizations.

Ms. Lipson works closely with each client to design and implement responsible, tax-efficient wealth transfer solutions structured to meet the client’s individual goals.

James Molen’s practice focuses primarily on intellectual property, entertainment, and general business litigation.

Elisabeth Moriarty has significant entertainment and commercial litigation experience. She has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of high-profile matters involving copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement, unfair competition, the licensing of intellectual property rights and complicated partnership and shareholder disputes.

Aaron Moss is the Chair of Greenberg Glusker’s Litigation Group. He handles a variety of entertainment litigation, intellectual property and general commercial matters, focusing on protecting the rights of owners and users of creative works.

Mr. Moss specializes in litigating high-profile copyright infringement actions for both plaintiffs and defendants, including studios, independent distributors, production companies, video game publishers, technology firms and individuals. He also counsels clients on all aspects of copyright law, including chain of title and clearance reviews, ownership transfers, license termination, copyright preemption, fair use, music sampling and internet piracy. Mr. Moss has particularly extensive experience with the Copyright Act’s statutory termination provisions, and has litigated cases involving numerous entertainment properties when authors’ heirs have sought to recapture copyrights under these statutes. He has also served as both an expert witness and a media commentator on copyright related matters.

Mr. Moss has represented award-winning celebrities (and their estates) in right of publicity actions involving the unauthorized use of their names, voices and likenesses, as well as in defamation, invasion of privacy and other media-related disputes. He was a member of the trial team that litigated Dustin Hoffman’s landmark 1999 lawsuit against Los Angeles Magazine when it published a computer-generated image of the actor.

Mr. Moss has also successfully prosecuted and defended idea submission and other “breach of implied contract” claims relating to motion pictures, television shows, books and toys.

In addition, Mr. Moss has handled matters involving trademark and trade dress infringement, internet and domain name disputes, unfair competition, and contractual disputes across a wide range of industries.

Dan Nabel represents individuals, partnerships and companies of all sizes in federal and state court, in mediations, and before arbitration tribunals. His practice focuses primarily on real estate, entertainment and business disputes.

Megan Rivetti is an associate in Greenberg Glusker’s Litigation Group.

Jesse Saivar specializes in intellectual property matters specifically related to the entertainment industry, including copyright, trademark, and domain name/website issues, as well as the negotiation and drafting of entertainment industry contracts.

Stephen Smith’s practice focuses on representing entertainment companies in the motion picture, television and interactive gaming industries, and real estate development companies, as defendants or plaintiffs, and providing those companies with legal counseling related to all aspects of their businesses.

Mr. Smith also serves as outside employment counsel to small and medium-size companies in Southern California. He is a member of Greenberg Glusker’s five-member Management Committee.

Rachel Valadez’s practice focuses on entertainment and media litigation, with particular emphasis in profit participation, the videogaming industry, and general intellectual property and contract disputes. Rachel has experience in all phases of litigation as well as providing her clients with legal counseling related to all aspects of their businesses.

Lisa Wang is an associate in Greenberg Glusker’s Litigation Group.

Rachel Wilkes’ litigation practice covers a wide range of employment, intellectual property, and general business matters, including representing employers against wrongful termination and discrimination claims, and prosecuting and defending cases for copyright and trademark infringement; breach of contract; fraud; and business torts. Ms. Wilkes also handles a variety of real estate litigation matters and has successfully prosecuted cases involving claims for commercial unlawful detainer, construction defect, fraudulent conveyance and breach of lease.