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Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2015 - Sound Recordings; Music Publishing


Speaker(s): Howard Siegel, Julie Swidler, Linda A. Newmark, Madhavi Tandon Batliboi, Nicholas C. Ferrara, Stephen J. Dallas
Recorded on: Mar. 3, 2015
PLI Program #: 59110

Linda A. Newmark is Executive Vice President – Head of Acquisitions and Strategic Projects for Universal Music Publishing Group.  Linda obtains opportunities for Universal Music Publishing Group to acquire rights to musical compositions and music publishing catalogues, evaluates and negotiates acquisition, administration and subpublishing agreements, and promotes the general business development of the company.  Linda is based in Universal Music Publishing Group’s Los Angeles offices.

Before joining Universal, Linda was Vice President, Business Affairs for PolyGram Music Publishing and handled the drafting and negotiation of songwriter and co-publishing agreements, as well as other legal and business affairs matters for PolyGram.  Previously, Linda was a music attorney with the law firm of Cooper, Epstein & Hurewitz in Beverly Hills.  She received her law degree from Stanford Law School.

Linda serves on the Music and Entertainment Industry Executive Committee for the City of Hope Medical Center, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP).  Linda is also a member of the Board of Managers of Associated Production Music LLC (APM), and the Board of Managers of The Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company, LLC, and was a member of the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School (2007 - 2010).  Linda has been recognized in Billboard’s Women in Music feature as one of the top 25 female executives in the music industry (2009 – 2013).


Julie Swidler is Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel for Sony Music Entertainment, where she oversees business, legal and governmental affairs for the company globally.

Julie has been a multiple recipient of Billboard’s Top Women in Music honor and Billboard’s Power 100 in Music list.  She serves on the board of the T.J. Martell Foundation and UJA Federation of New York’s Music for Youth Board, and is a frequent speaker on Entertainment Industry issues.

Julie started her career in the music business in 1988 at PolyGram Records as Senior Attorney, rising to Assistant General Counsel and Vice President-Assistant General Counsel, North America, and Head of Business Affairs for Mercury Records before leaving to join Clive Davis at Arista and later J Records.

Julie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Union College and a J.D. from Cardozo Law School, where she was a member of the Cardozo Law review.  She is married with three children and resides in New York City.


Stephen J. Dallas is Vice President, Digital Legal Affairs & Business Development, for Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Warner Music Group's global music publishing company. In this role, Dallas is responsible for negotiating and drafting content license agreements with third party digital providers worldwide, exploring new digital business opportunities on behalf of Warner/Chappell songwriters and rights holders, setting digital strategy and policy initiatives for the company, working with music publishing rights organizations, and coordinating and assisting with digital litigation matters.

Prior to Warner/Chappell, Dallas served as Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, for EMI Music Publishing, where he was responsible for negotiating and drafting various rights acquisition agreements, catalog sale and catalog acquisition agreements, joint­ venture agreements and sample licensing agreements, and managing affirmative and defensive company litigations, in addition to playing an integral role in the worldwide due diligence and sale of the company to Sony/ATV and its investors.

Before EMI, Dallas was an Associate in private practice at law firms Thelen, Reid & Priest, LLP, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, handling a variety of complex commercial litigation matters including copyright, antitrust, disputes involving commercial agreements, employment, securities, insurance and criminal defense. During law school, Dallas served as a judicial intern for United States District Court Judge Harold Baer, Jr., and New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division Justice Charles E. Ramos.

Dallas earned his J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.S. in Communications from Boston University. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Copyright Society of the USA.


Howard Siegel is a senior partner in Pryor Cashman's Entertainment Group. He has more than 40 years experience in representing clients in all aspects of the entertainment business, with a particular emphasis on the music industry, during which time he has served as counsel to many of the industry’s most prominent recording artists, songwriters, producers, managers, and executives.

Mr. Siegel has also been involved in a number of music publishing company sales and acquisitions, as well as having advised on a variety of transactions involving the sale and purchase of master recordings and other entertainment-related assets.

Mr. Siegel is the former Chair of the Section on Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law of the New York State Bar Association, former Chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on the Music and Recording Industry, and an Associate Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Siegel is a frequent lecturer for the Practicing Law Institute and serves as Co-Chair of PLI’s Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry. He is also a speaker for the New York Law Journal Seminar Press and the Continuing Legal Education Seminars of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Siegel served as judicial clerk at the New York State Court of Appeals from 1970 to 1972. He is an adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School and a member of the Editorial Board of Entertainment Law and Finance and of Multimedia Web Strategist, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the nationally distributed book Entertainment Law, currently in its fourth edition, and author of several articles dealing with the entertainment, music and copyright practice.

Every year since 2007, Mr. Siegel has been designated as one of the “Super Lawyers” – a ranking of the top 5% of all attorneys in the New York Metropolitan area. He also has been recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 100 “Power Lawyers” in the entertainment industry as well as being named one of the "Top Media and Entertainment Lawyers" by Chambers USA for several years.

Mr. Siegel is a member of the New York, Nevada and California Bars and a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University College of Law where he was Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Law Review (1970) and a member of the Moot Court Board (1969-70).


Maddy is a commercial counsel on the music legal team at Google. In this role, she works on music deals for Google, including with labels, publishers, collection societies and distribution partners.

Maddy has a JD from Columbia Law School and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brandeis University. Prior to Google she was Executive Counsel at Travelers, and before that she was an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP, specializing in technology and content deals.


Since his undergraduate days at New York University in the early 1980's, Nicholas Ferrara has been actively involved in the music industry.  Nick cites fellow NYU classmate Jason Flom (founder of Lava Records and former CEO of Atlantic Records} as being instrumental in Nick's initial entree into the business.

After earning his Juris Doctor from Fordham Law School in 1986, Nick practiced entertainment law and corporate litigation for three years. On the strength of relationships dating back to his college days, in 1989, Nick joined Atlantic Record's A&R staff. In 1992, Nick partnered with Joseph Lloyd Serling and

Wayne Rooks in the new firm of Serling Rooks & Ferrara LLP. Over the next two decades, the firm grew in both size and stature becoming one of the industry's most prominent full service music business law firms.

In 2014, Nick relocated his practice to Nashville, Tennessee. Eager to embrace new challenges, in 2015 Nick and Robert "Riff' Pisarek founded Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates PPLC.