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November 14, 2019

Time: 11:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Legal Luminaries: Music Experts in Our Constantly Changing Environment

Join us for lunch while AIMP’S illustrious panel of legal experts share their perspective on the past, present and most importantly, the future of the music industry.  With so much activity on the horizon, the MMA, streaming updates, mergers, copyright infringement cases, just to name a few, it’s a must attend event as these are “legal luminaries” at the top of their craft.


Jay L. Cooper, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig LLP

Scott Holtzman, Esq.
EVP, Music Affairs Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production

Edward Pierson, Esq.
Attorney at Law, PLLC

Laurie L. Soriano, Esq.
Partner, King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP


Stuart Rosen
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Broadcast Music, Inc.

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 N. La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


From left, AIMP LA Chapter President & Association Chair Teri Nelson Carpenter/Reel Muzik Werks, Jay Cooper, Laurie Soriano, Ed Pierson, Stu Rosen/BMI, LA Chapter board member Barbie Quinn/BMI and Scott Holtzman.  

Photos by Aaron Gallardo/BMI and Liz Redwing, courtesy of Lawry's The Prime Rib, Beverly Hills.  

Additional Speaker Information

Jay L. Cooper is the Founder of the Los Angeles Entertainment Practice and focuses his practice on music industry, motion picture, television, Internet, multimedia and intellectual property issues. He represents individuals and companies on intellectual property matters and contract negotiations, including recording and publishing agreements for individual artists and composers; actor, director, producer and writer agreements in film and television; executive employment agreements; complex acquisitions and sales of entertainment catalogs; production agreements on behalf of music, television and motion picture companies, and all entertainment issues relative to the Internet and digital services. Jay has guest lectured at Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School, USC Law School, USC Music School, Stanford Law School, Boalt Hall, Tulane Law School, the Florida Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the California Copyright Conference, MIDEM, the American Film Market, the Cannes Film Festival, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the U.S. Copyright Society, and the American Bar Association. He is also a former adjunct professor of Entertainment Law at Loyola Law School.

Scott Holtzman is currently Executive Vice President, Music Business Affairs & Legal Counsel, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. He is responsible for supervising all aspects of music business/legal affairs including the negotiation/drafting of all agreements/licenses pertaining to the acquisition/exploitation of music rights for Walt Disney Studios (including Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar/Walt Disney Animation/ 21st Century Fox/Disney Nature/Marvel Studios/Lucasfilm Disney+, Disney Consumer Products, and Disney Interactive). He formerly served as Senior Vice President, Music Business/Legal Affairs for The Walt Disney Company where he was responsible for business/legal affairs for the entire Walt Disney Company (other than ESPN). Scott is currently involved with the music rights to MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL, FROZEN 2 and STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER as well as the recent hits THE LION KING, TOY STORY 4, ALADDIN and AVENGERS: END GAME. Other notable pictures Scott has been involved with at Disney include BLACK PANTHER, FROZEN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 1/2, THE STAR WARS Series, THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Series, O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? and COYOTE UGLY. Among other notable achievements, Scott has been involved with the acquisition of rights to the Academy Award winning songs from COCO, FROZEN and THE MUPPETS, ACADEMY Award-nominated songs from BLACK PANTHER, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, ENCHANTED and CON AIR, the Grammy Award-winning song/recording “Change The World” by Eric Clapton from PHENOMENON and the #1 single “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith from ARMAGEDDON. Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company in February 1996, he served as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Administration for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Director, Business Affairs, West Coast for RCA Video Discs and as an attorney at Capitol Records. Scott was a lecturer in the film music program at USC and has spoken at UCLA, The American University, Chapman University, Loyola School of Law and Southwestern Law School. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1979. Scott is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a former President of the California Copyright Conference and has served on the Executive Committee of the Music and Entertainment Industry Division of the City of Hope for many years.

Edward Pierson is a Seattle attorney who represents musicians, producers, songwriters and music companies.His current clients include Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, The Head and the Heart, and Perfume Genius. He is also the former General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Warner/Chappell Music where he worked for 19 years. He taught the course “Entertainment Law” for 20 years at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles as Adjunct Professor of Law. He also co-authored the casebook “Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries” (now in its 5th Edition).

Laurie Soriano is a partner in the Entertainment Department of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP. She represents major musicians, recording artists, composers, songwriters, music supervisors, producers, record companies, publishing companies and various others in the music, entertainment and digital fields. She also represents a number of non-entertainment brands in their transactions that relate to the entertainment industry. Ms. Soriano focuses primarily on contract negotiations and troubleshooting for her clients and acts as the general legal advisor to a multitude of creative individuals and companies. Ms. Soriano started her career at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, where as a partner in the firm she served as the Head of the firm's Music Department and Co-Chair of the firm's Entertainment Industry Practice Group. Ms. Soriano has written and spoken extensively on entertainment and marketing topics. Ms. Soriano received undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA in English from the College of Arts and Sciences, and BS in Economics with concentration in marketing from the Wharton School of Business). In 1986, she received her law degree from the University of California, Davis, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the UC Davis Law Review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. After graduation she served as a law clerk to Hon. Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Stuart Rosen is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of BMI, overseeing global operations of the Legal Department, directing the organization’s legal affairs, as well as all attorneys working within the company. Rosen joined BMI in 1996 as an Associate Attorney. He was promoted to Senior Attorney in 1999, Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs in 2002, and Vice President of Legal in 2007. From 2004 through 2011, he also served the Board of Directors and the company in the capacity of corporate secretary. Prior to BMI, Rosen was in private practice at Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross and Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP. He earned his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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