Jonas E. Herbsman
Jonas E. Herbsman graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 1990. He received an undergraduate degree cum laude from Tufts University in 1987.
Named a top music lawyer by Billboard Magazine, Mr. Herbsman has a general transactional practice concentrating on entertainment and contractual law, including recording contracts, music publishing, book publishing, intellectual property licensing, merchandising and the sale and acquisition of entertainment companies.
Prior to joining Herbsman, Hafer, Weber & Frisch, LLP, Mr. Herbsman was a corporate associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges from 1990 through 1994. He is a member of the New York Bar.
J. Jeffrey Hafer
J. Jeffrey Hafer graduated from Fordham University School of Law (J.D. 1977) and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame (B.B.A. 1974).
Mr. Hafer’s clients include Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award winners as well as multiple gold and platinum selling artists, songwriters and composers.
A member of the New York Bar, Mr. Hafer has a broad transactional practice emphasizing contractual and entertainment law, including music law and publishing, records and performance agreements, licensing, merchandising, endorsements, theatrical productions, motion pictures, television productions and the sale and acquisition of intellectual and entertainment rights and properties. He has also represented professional athletes in the negotiation of their deals.
Mr. Hafer is active in charitable and local committee affairs, and has served on The Cardinal’s Committee of the Laity, local civic and community boards, as well as a Trustee of the International Trust for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Foundation.
For his outstanding contributions in his field, Mr. Hafer has received the highest rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale Hubbell.
Dorothy M. Weber
Dorothy M. Weber received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1981. She graduated cum laude with a BA degree from Brooklyn College in 1977.
Ms. Weber has represented Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winning clients as well as gold and platinum recording artists and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ms. Weber has worked to lobby New York State on behalf of a variety of celebrity clients in an effort to enact legislation in New York to protect postmortem publicity rights, which legislation came into effect in 2021.
Ms. Weber’s transactional practice includes extensive intellectual property licensing activities for merchandise, film and fashion, publishing as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. Weber is a member of the New York Bar and is admitted to practice in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Northern District of Illinois, Second, Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Her litigation practice, specializing in intellectual property, covers a broad range of clientele including theatrical and film entities, recording artists and others in copyright, trademark, unfair competition, corporate and contract cases. Ms. Weber has handled a number of seminal Second Circuit cases dealing with copyright and trademark issues, as well as participating in the landmark Supreme Court decision Eric Eldred et al. v. John D. Ashcroft, 01 U.S. 618, by filing an amici curiae brief on behalf of Amsong, Inc. for copyright term extension.
Ms. Weber has lectured widely on copyright, trademark and unfair competition issues and is the author of numerous articles in the intellectual property field, including articles appearing in The Visual Artist’s Manual, the New York Law Journal and Cardozo Entertainment Law Review.
Ms. Weber has the highest professional rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, Top Women Attorney in New York and a Top-Rated Intellectual Property Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell.
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Michael B. Frisch
Michael B. Frisch graduated from Tulane University in 2000, with a B.A. in Political Science. He obtained his J.D., with an emphasis in Intellectual Property, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in 2003, where he served as Notes Editor for the Journal for Conflict Resolution. He is a member of the New York Bar.
Named a top music lawyer by Billboard Magazine, Mr. Frisch provides strategic legal and business affairs counsel to clients in all facets of the entertainment industries, including the negotiation of artist recording and distribution agreements, co-publishing, administration, and licensing of musical compositions, intellectual property asset purchase and sale, personal management, name & likeness and life rights, live performances and venue rentals, merchandise and ancillary rights, spokesperson and endorsements, web and mobile-based apps, and other physical and digital content licensing for both audio and audiovisual medium.
Mr. Frisch’s clients include gold and platinum-selling major label and independent recording artists (including Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees), and the estates of well-known deceased artists, music publishing companies, record producers, mixers, and remixers, independent record labels, songwriters, personal managers, agents, app and tech developers, festival producers, music venues, magazine publishers, and other start-up and established entrepreneurs with projects relating to music, entertainment, and intellectual property licensing.
Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Mr. Frisch worked in the business and legal affairs department of Sanctuary Group, a major independent record label, artist management, and merchandise company, subsequently purchased by Universal Music Group. Mr. Frisch began his career at a boutique NYC entertainment law firm.
He has participated as a moderator and panelist at the CLE portion of the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference in Austin, the CMJ Music Marathon & A2IM Indie Week events in New York City, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Sync Up Conference, and the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference, in New Orleans.
He is currently a member of the NYSBA Entertainment Law section, as well as the Committee on Music and Recording Industry, and A2IM’s Licensing & Publishing Committee.
Andrew J. Dunn
Andrew (“Drew”) J. Dunn graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 2018 with a concentration in Intellectual Property and Information Law. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. from New York University in 2012.
Mr. Dunn is a member of the New York Bar and is admitted to practice in the Southern District of New York. He is pending admission to the State Bar of California.
Mr. Dunn’s practice includes the drafting, revision and negotiation of a wide variety of agreements in the entertainment industry, including agreements relating to exclusive artist recordings, record pressing and distribution, co-publishing and publishing administration, production, live performances and appearances, festival, venue and other live entertainment-related matters, artwork exhibitions, purchases and loans, merchandise and other ancillary rights, and intellectual property licensing, including physical and digital content licensing for live streaming festivals, film, television, commercials and print publications.
Mr. Dunn’s practice also includes strategic counseling to recording artists and authors on the exploitation of rights they retain and control including exercising termination rights under U.S. Copyright Law, advising brands and rightsholders with respect to licensing, merchandising, branding and brand enhancement, including the establishment and protection of publicity rights, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights, and providing advisory opinions with respect to proposed titles in connection with television, streaming, radio and film productions.
Mr. Dunn’s litigation practice includes researching, drafting, negotiation and dispute resolution in matters relating to intellectual property, copyright, trademark, and contract disputes.
Mr. Dunn has participated as a guest lecturer on trademark law at New York Law School, and is currently a member of A2IM.
During law school, Mr. Dunn interned with The New York County District Attorney’s Office and the international auction house, Christie’s Inc. Mr. Dunn also participated in the Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property and Information Law Clinic, served as President of the Fordham Art Law Society, and was a student member of the New York City Bar Association’s Art Law Committee.
Prior to law school, Mr. Dunn worked as a paralegal at the New York office of an international law firm.
Elliot A. Resnik
Elliot Resnik graduated from McGill University in 1997 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He obtained his J.D. from New York Law School in 2000 where he served as President of the Media, Entertainment and Sports Law Association.
Named a top music lawyer by Billboard Magazine, Mr. Resnik’s clients include Grammy winning and platinum selling artists, producers and production companies, award winning independent record labels and publishers, audiovisual and digital content creators and distributors, festivals, live entertainment venues and concert promoters, award winning marketing and creative agencies, management companies and talent agencies, international brands in the entertainment and hospitality fields, beer and spirits ventures, trade organizations, charitable foundations and other entertainment related companies.
Mr. Resnik focuses on entertainment, content and experiential related transactions including but not limited to the negotiation and drafting of recording, distribution, licensing and publishing agreements, intellectual property asset sales, audiovisual and digital content licensing and distribution agreements, broadcast and streaming agreements, merchandising agreements, brand partnership and sponsorship agreements, spokesperson and endorsement agreements, joint ventures, licensing for film, television, commercials and video games, live performance agreements, festival, venue and other live entertainment and venue related matters, management and talent representation agreements, employment agreements, non-fungible token and blockchain related transactions.
Prior to joining Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman, LLP in 2009, Mr. Resnik was a member of the business and legal affairs department of indie label TVT Records from 1998-2003 before establishing and running his own boutique firm, The Law Offices of Elliot A. Resnik from 2003-2009.
He is currently a member of the NYSBA Entertainment Law section, ABA Entertainment Sections and was a founding member of the A2IM Legal Committee.