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Gary Stiffelman

Gary has counseled some of the most prominent independent record labels and publishers in connection with formations, sales and acquisitions. He has also represented several companies in ground-breaking catalog-wide, new media licensing arrangements with the major music labels and film studios. Gary’s practice has kept with the changing times, expanding into new media and technology. He advises technology entrepreneurs and companies on various issues, from start-up and formation, to expansion and acquisition by major technology companies.

For more than 35 years, Gary has represented and negotiated some of the most innovative deals for many of the most prominent recording artists, songwriters and producers in the world.


  • Entertainment
  • New Media
  • Telecommunications


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television, 2011-2020
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2006, 2009-2019
  • Listed, The Hollywood Reporter, "Power Lawyers: Top 100 Most Influential Entertainment Lawyers in America," From inception through 2014
  • Board Member, Claremont Graduate University
  • Board of Councilors, USC Thornton School of Music
  • Executive Committee Member and Past Chairman, UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium
  • Founding Director, Executive Board and Audit Committee, Private Bank of California
  • Member and Past Chairman, City of Hope Music and Entertainment Committee
  • Past Advisory Board Member, NARAS Entertainment Law Initiative
  • Served as an Adjunct Professor at the UCLA School of Law


  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, 1979
  • M.F.A, Film, University of Southern California, 1976
  • B.A., University of Kansas, 1974
  • California