Lawrence Y. Iser - Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

Lawrence Y. Iser

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 310-566-9801

Mr. Iser specializes in the areas of intellectual property, entertainment, music, real estate, commercial and employment litigation.  He has handled significant, high-profile cases for clients including Mattel, Yahoo! eBay, Roland Corp. and Watt Industries.   

In the area of intellectual property, Mr. Iser counsels and litigates concerning copyrights and trademarks; patents; unfair competition; the right of publicity; defamation; clearances for films, manuscripts, and products; and contracts involving the licensing of intellectual property rights.  Mr. Iser serves as United States copyright counsel for Roland Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electronic musical instruments.

Mr. Iser is well known for his work in the music business, having represented clients including Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Doors, Axl Rose, The Ira Gershwin Musical Trust, The Rick James Estate, The Janis Joplin Estate, The M.C. Hammer Bankruptcy Estate, The Wiggles, Branford Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, Yahoo!, eBay/StubHub, Univision Music, Spectrasonics, Maverick Records, Fat Possum Records and International Creative Management.

Mr. Iser is a guest lecturer at the USC Peter Stark Graduate Film School program, and the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business Management.

University of MichiganBA 1976University of California Hastings College of the LawJ.D. 1980
Reprise Theater Company

Case History

Jackson Browne v. John McCain, The Republican National Comittee and the Ohio Repubican Party — Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne brought suit for the unauthorized use of his song Running On Empty in a campaign commercial for presidential candidate McCain.  After defendants'' various motions to dismiss on fair use and First Amendment grounds were denied, the case was settled on confidential financial terms, as well as a public apology and undertaking to obtain appropriate intellectual property licenses and to respect artists'' rights in future election campaign.  Case is significant for establishing that candidates for public office are not exempt from intellectual property laws, and for obtaining undertaking from the Republican Party to respect artists'' rights.

Office Location

808 Wilshire Boulevard, Third Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Entertainment Law - Music of the Los Angeles Metro Area
Lawrence Y. Iser has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Entertainment Law - Music

Other Information

Gender: Male