Four Alumni Are Named to Billboard’s 2018 Top Music Lawyers List

Four NYLS alumni have not only made it in New York—they’ve become some of the country’s most sought-after music lawyers this year, as named by Billboard magazine. The magazine’s list includes 93 attorneys who, in its words, “drive the music industry.”

Christine T. Lepera ’82

Lepera is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. Billboard notes that she scored two high-profile court victories in May: “The dismissal of the copyright claim against client Jay-Z for his 1999 hit ‘Big Pimpin’ was affirmed, and a move by Kesha to break her contract with Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe label was rejected.” The magazine also cited her work on a copyright infringement lawsuit related to Katy Perry’s hit “Dark Horse.”

David M. Jacobs ’07

Jacobs is a partner at the entertainment and media law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, whose website describes him as “a hands-on music attorney and partner … now working in every facet of the entertainment business.” The firm’s representative list of clients includes A-list music talents such as Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rod Stewart, and U2.

Michael Selverne ’84

Selverne, Principal at Selverne & Co. was highlighted by Billboard for representing SONGS Music Publishing in its sale to Kobalt Capital and Round Hill Music in its purchase of the Carlin Music catalog, “transactions collectively valued at some $375 million,” the magazine reported. Billboard also quoted Selverne as noting that his firm “has completed ‘nearly $1 billion in cash transactions’ over the past five years.”

Christine Calip Victor ’03

Victor is Senior Vice President of Business Development and Business and Legal Affairs at Bravado/Universal Music Group. Billboard noted, “In her first full year at UMG’s merchandising arm, Bravado, Calip Victor guided the company’s retail licensing and brand-management partnership with The Rolling Stones, worked closely with the estate of late rapper XXXTentacion on posthumous merch and brokered the signing of hip-hop star (and rising street-fashion icon) Playboi Carti.”

Three of the four alumni named to the 2018 list were also named in 2017.

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View the full 2018 list.