Susan Rabin

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Susan Rabin

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Susan Rabin has been honored on the Super Lawyers list for six consecutive years. In fact, she has been selected a “Southern California Super Lawyer” for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Susan serves Of Counsel to our firm. She has worked in a consultant capacity with Universal Pictures.Susan, with her more than 24 years in entertainment law, advises and supports the firm on a wide range of entertainment matters including drafting and negotiating deals in film, television, and music and in copyright and trademark disputes and enforcement matters.

She also brings her experience serving as production counsel on feature films, preparing and managing company formation, financing agreements, rights acquisitions, chain of title, releases, talent deals, crew contracts, compliance with Guild regulations, insurance, distribution, music clearance and supervision.

Susan chairs the Beverly Hills Bar Association entertainment section and moderates seminars on industry issues. She previously headed her own firm in San Francisco and has been a law professor teaching entertainment and copyright law at the University of West Los Angeles School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco State University, and Monterey College of Law. Susan is active with the Los Angeles Copyright Society.


  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco CA. Law Review: Moral Rights and the Realistic Limits of Artistic Control, 14 Golden Gate 447
  • M.A., Broadcasting, Northwestern University, Evanston IL
  • B.S., Speech/Theatre, Northwestern University, Evanston IL
  • A.S., Music, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco CA, (Dean’s List)


  • “Protecting, Enforcing Publishing Rights,” LAWIM, Los Angeles, May 2010
  • “Clearing Music Rights for Film and TV,” Beverly Hills Barristers, Beverly Hills, Feb 2010
  • “Setting Up an Independent Record Label,” CA Lawyers for the Arts, San Francisco, 2000

Honors/Awards/Special Positions: 

  • Chair – Entertainment Law Section, Beverly Hills Bar Association. 2009–2010
  • Co-Chair – Entertainment Law Section, Beverly Hills Bar Association. 2008–2009
  • SUPER LAWYER – (Law & Politics/LA Magazine). 2006–2011
  • Vice President – Board of Governors, NARAS (San Francisco). 1993–1999
  • Marin Arts Council Playwriting Grant. 1999
  • Chair – Entertainment Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco. 1992–1998


  • The Role of Production Counsel in Independent Film, Los Angeles Lawyer. Oct. 2008
  • Authorship Issues in Entertainment Contracts, Los Angeles Lawyer. May 2006
  • Contracts of Adhesion, Los Angeles Lawyer. Feb 2006
  • Creating Independent Record Labels, Los Angeles Lawyer. June 2005
  • Public Performance of Music, All Access Magazine. March April 2005
  • Work for Hire Change in Copyright Law/Napster, Museletter. Aug 2000
University of West Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles
University of San Francisco Law School, San Francisco CA
San Francisco State University, San Francisco CA
Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco CA
Monterey College of the Law, Monterey CA
Courses in Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry, Copyright, Contract Law, Film Production Agreements, Music Publishing, Recording Agreements, Trademark, Digital Rights, Compliance with Guild Agreements.
Professional Associations:
Beverly Hills Bar Association Board of Governors
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Executive Committee, Entertainment Section
Los Angeles Copyright Society
California Copyright Conference
Association of Independent Music Publishers
American Bar Association Committee on Entertainment
USC/BHBA Symposium on Entertainment/Syllabus Committee

Practice Areas

Entertainment Law

  • Entertainment Contracts
  • Entertainment Finance
  • Entertainment Law
  • Entertainment Liability
  • Entertainment Litigation
  • Entertainment Syndication
  • Motion Picture Finance
  • Motion Picture Production & Distribution
  • Motion Pictures and Television
  • Multimedia Law
  • Music Copyright
  • Music Licensing
  • Music Publishing
  • Business Litigation
  • Art Law
  • Artists Rights
  • Interactive Multimedia Law
  • Video Law
  • Newspaper Contracts
  • Publishing Contracts
  • Trade Secret Misappropriation
  • Theft of Trade Secrets

Trademark Law

  • Trademark Licensing
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Internet Trademarks
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Trademark Prosecution
  • Trademark Protection
  • Trademark Registration

Copyright Laws

  • Copyrights
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Copyright Licensing
  • Copyright Prosecution
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Copyright Protection
  • Copyright Registration
  • Internet Copyright Law

Professional Sports Laws

  • Sports Contracts
  • Sports Facilities Development
  • Sports Injury
  • Sports Licensing
  • Sports Marketing Law


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