Three Alumni Make Billboard’s 2017 Top Music Lawyers List

Three New York Law School (NYLS) graduates were among the 61 lawyers nationwide named to Billboard magazine’s 2017 list of Top Music Lawyers. The elite list includes attorneys “on the front lines of copyright fights and superstar deals,” Billboard wrote. All three alumni practice in New York City.

Christine Calip Victor ’03
Calip Victor, who appears in the “Talent” portion of Billboard’s list, was recently named Senior Vice President of Business Development and Business and Legal Affairs of Bravado, Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand management company. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Universal’s East Coast Labels, where she worked primarily with Republic Records and was “integral to some of Republic’s most competitive artist signings and strategic partnerships including Ariana Grande, Post Malone, James Bay, Metro Boomin, and the Fifty Shades trilogy,” Bravado noted when announcing her new role. Billboard also highlighted Calip Victor’s work to facilitate the release of a new Justin Bieber remix of the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit “Despacito.”

David M. Jacobs ’07
Jacobs, also named to the “Talent” portion of Billboard’s list, is a Partner at Grubman Shire & Meiselas, an entertainment and media law firm. The firm’s representative list of clients includes Barry Manilow, Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Weeknd, and other high-profile artists. Jacobs, the firm’s website notes, is “often responsible for the assembling of a great team around an artist throughout the territories of the world, comprised of management, label, publisher, publicist, agent, and every other type of worthwhile opportunity a young artist could need ….”

Christine T. Lepera ’82
Lepera, a Partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, was among just eight attorneys in the “Litigation” portion of the list. As Billboard noted, Lepera successfully defended Drake and associated companies from a lawsuit challenging his use of a sample in his song “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2.” In April, Lepera was named a 2017 “Power Lawyer” by The Hollywood Reporter for the second consecutive year.

More Information
View the full Billboard list here.