Mr. Lapidus advises clients with respect to corporate and intellectual property matters related to the entertainment industry with a focus on music industry related matters. Mr. Lapidus has represented numerous divisions of the Universal Music Group, the Disney Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records, EMI Music, NBC/Universal, Relativity Media, Bravo, Apple iTunes, MTV/VH1, Univision and Starbucks. Mr. Lapidus has also worked with, among other public service organizations, The Special Olympics, The Gates Foundation, The United Nations Foundation, and the (RED) organization co-founded by Bobby Shriver and Bono. Mr. Lapidus has also advised select artists ranging from The Pussycat Dolls and Polyphonic Spree to The Beach Boys.
Beginning his career as a corporate and securities lawyer, immediately prior to forming Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, Mr. Lapidus was a founding partner of Lapidus & Haft, LLP, which was established in 2003. Prior to forming Lapidus & Haft, LLP, Mr. Lapidus was Senior Counsel in the entertainment practice group of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. in Los Angeles. From 1992 to 1999 he worked in the Business & Legal Affairs Department at Geffen Records, Inc. in Los Angeles, most recently as Executive Vice -President and General Counsel and head of Geffen’s Business & Legal Affairs Department, which serviced Geffen Records, DreamWorks Records and Outpost Recordings. Working with such artists as The Eagles, Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Cher, Weezer, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Randy Newman, AFI, Stevie Wonder, Beck, Sonic Youth, George Michael, Ryan Adams, Nelly Furtado and Elton John, his responsibilities included the negotiation and documentation of artist recording agreements, and production, joint venture, acquisition, manufacturing, distribution and executive employment agreements. He also managed domestic and international corporate, intellectual property and litigation matters, including engagement and supervision of outside corporate, intellectual property and litigation counsel.
Mr. Lapidus’ practice has also focused extensively on the development of entertainment related branded consumer products with such global brands as Microsoft, Dell Computers, Apple, The Gap, American Express, Giorgio Armani, Starbucks, Converse and Hallmark, and on work in the live concert performance industry. Mr. Lapidus recently served as Executive Producer of the “A Very Special Christmas Vol. 7” album to benefit the Special Olympics, featuring such artist as Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Colbie Cailat, Vanessa Hudgens, Kellie Pickler, Sean Kingston, Jason Mraz, Ashley Tisdale and Kristinia DeBarge.
Mr. Lapidus is an active teacher and speaker, having lectured at Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School regarding intellectual property issues concerning the music industry; at USC Entertainment Law Institutes concerning the electronic distribution of music; and at UCLA regarding business issues particular to the music industry. In addition, he has taught Computer Science curriculum at UCLA.
Mr. Lapidus received his B.A. with honors in political science in 1986 from the University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D. in 1989 from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of California.