Variety Recognizes Kasowitz Attorneys in its 2019 “Legal Impact Report”
Variety has selected Kasowitz Benson Torres partners John V. Berlinski and Daniel A. Saunders, and associate Kimberly A. Meyer, for inclusion in its prestigious 2019 “Legal Impact Report.” The annual report spotlights the leading attorneys in the entertainment industry.
Mr. Berlinski and Mr. Saunders were recognized for successfully representing talent in two lengthy arbitrations over TV series profit participations, including obtaining a groundbreaking $179 million arbitration award for “Bones” stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz and its producer Kathleen Reichs against 21st Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting Company and other Fox entities. This is the largest arbitration award ever issued in a profit participation dispute. Learn more about Kasowitz’s landmark win for the “Bones” stars.
In addition, Mr. Berlinski and Mr. Saunders were recognized for representing Aspire Music against Cash Money Records and other defendants in a lawsuit involving Drake’s music, and representing Genting Malaysia Berhad in suing Fox and Disney over a theme park dispute.
John V. Berlinski, partner and Chair of Kasowitz Benson Torres’ Entertainment Practice Group, represents television and theatrical talent and studios in their most significant disputes, with an emphasis on providing pre-litigation advice in profit participation audits, negotiating audit settlements, and litigating profit participation claims. A former Head of West Coast Television Litigation at NBCUniversal, Mr. Berlinski’s representations are often the subject of articles in the Hollywood trades and The Wall Street Journal.
Daniel A. Saunders, partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres, is a leading trial and appellate lawyer. He focuses on a variety of complex business litigation, intellectual property, entertainment, and white collar cases. A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Saunders has been recognized as a top practitioner by Benchmark Litigation and Super Lawyers.