Brian A. Rosenblatt
Brian joined Bryce Downey & Lenkov in 2016 after, leaving one of Illinois’ top 25 largest law firms after nearly 15 years. Brian has previously developed and co-chaired both an “Entertainment, Media and Privacy Practice Group”, and an “Intellectual Property Group” at his past firms. Brian brings his entire platform to Bryce Downey & Lenkov, where he continues to expand his local, regional, and national practice.
Brian’s practice is focused in three main areas: entertainment (including media and advertising), intellectual property, and litigation. His entertainment practice concentrates on transactions, media clearance and liability, advertising injury, defamation, 1st Amendment issues, and corporate matters. He also handles intellectual property transactions and litigation, specifically copyright, trademark matters and unfair/deceptive trade practice litigation. Brian represents, and has represented, high-profile individuals and entities, including a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, a U.S. Presidential candidate, high-ranking officials and clergy within the Arch-Diocese, NBA All-Stars, NFL Players, international athletics gear manufacturers, award winning songwriters, multi-platinum selling recording artists, national recording artists, social media celebrities, producers, record labels, managers and national platform festivals. Brian has also represented concert promoters in contract negotiations and class action litigation. He has locally and nationally worked on numerous film, television and literary projects. He counsels start-ups, media and internet companies. He serves as general counsel for on-line magazines, record labels, concert promoters and tech companies.
Brian’s also handles commercial litigation, catastrophic losses, construction litigation, products liability, commercial trucking/transportation claims, employer liability, premises liability, false arrest/malicious prosecution, personal injury data security/breach, privacy, cyber liability and e-commerce matters. He has served as lead counsel in nine jury trials and over eighty bench trials. He has conducted over three hundred arbitrations and mediations and prevailed on countless motions for summary judgment relating to intellectual property, commercial claims, construction cases and personal injury matters (including trucking claims, premises liability and automobile accidents.) Brian also regularly serves as an Arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County. Brian handles transactional and litigated matters across the country and has been admitted pro hac vice to several jurisdictions nationwide.
In 2006, Brian was named one of the top 40 Under 40 attorneys to watch in Illinois by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He also was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers® (a peer review designation published by Thomson Reuters) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 list, as well as the Leading Lawyers list. Brian has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for his legal ability and ethics. Brian works with the Lawyers for the Creative Arts, handling pro bono entertainment related matters.
Brian has been an active member of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences for twenty-two years. He is on the governing committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and serves as editor in chief of the Forum’s Law Journal, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer.
DID YOU KNOW: I attended the last live performance of Miles Davis at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1991.
- J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1997
Certificate in Intellectual Property, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1997
- Chicago Kent-College of Law Certificate in Intellectual Property, 1997
- B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, 1991
Professional Memberships & Associations:
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Grammy’s), 1996 through present
NARAS Advocacy Task Force, Chicago Chapter
NARAS Advocacy Team Lead, Chicago Chapter
American Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Law Forum
Governing Committee, 2014 through present
Editor In Chief of The Entertainment & Sports Lawyer, 2014 through present
Lawyers for the Creative Arts
Volunteer, 1997 through present
Associate Board Member, 2015 through present
Hope For The Day (501c3)
Board Member, 2017 through present
Seminars & Presentations:
- Speaker/Panel Moderator, “Caution Before Signing–Red Flags in Entertainment Contracts,” Launch Music Festival, Lancaster, PA, April 2017.
- Mentor, “Meet the Lawyers”, Launch Music Festival, Lancaster, PA, April 2017.
- Mentor, South by Southwest Music Conference (SXSW), Austin, TX, March 2017.
- Moderator, “Meet The Entertainment Lawyers”, Chicago Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL March 2017.
- Speaker, “Artist Development in the Digital Age,” Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest), with Reverb Nation, April 2016.
- Speaker/Panel Moderator, “Caution Before Signing–Red Flags in Entertainment Contracts,” Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest), April 2016.
- Mentor, South by Southwest Music Conference (SXSW), Austin, TX, March 2016.
- Panelist, “Film Funding Pitfalls”, Sundance Film Festival, Utah Film Commission, Park City Utah, January 25, 2016.
- Speaker, “Legal Trends In The Music Industry”, IICLE Entertainment Law Seminar, Chicago, IL, September 25, 2015.
- Moderator/Panelist, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”, South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin, TX March 18, 2015.
- Moderator/Panelist, “Ten Best Practice Tips for New Businesses”, Asian American Business EXPO, Chicago, IL, September 6, 2014.
- Speaker, “Why re-invent the wheel when putting together a staffing company WC program?”, WCI360, Workers’ Compensation Institute, Temporary Staffing Breakout, Orlando, FL, August 19, 2014.
- Moderator/Panelist, “Starting Up My Start Up—Pitfalls and Best Practices”, Chicago, IL, SmithAmundsen/NAAAP/CABA, June 2014.
- Co-Moderator, “Meet The Regulators—A Discussion About The Illinois Compassionate Cannabis Act And Its Regulations”, Chicago, IL, SmithAmundsen, May 2014.
- Mentor, South by Southwest Music Conference (SXSW), Austin, TX, March 2014.
- Speaker/Panel Moderator, “Caution Before Signing–Red Flags in Entertainment Contracts,” South by Southwest Music Conference (SXSW), Austin, TX, March 14, 2013.
- Co-presenter, “Protecting Your Business Brand, Name & Identity: Trademarks & Internet Law,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce Webinar, May 23, 2012.
- Speaker/Panel Moderator, “Who Said You Could Use My Name?,” South by Southwest Music Conference (SXSW), Austin, TX, March 15, 2012.
- Mentor, South by Southwest Music Conference (SXSW), Austin, TX, March 2011.
- Speaker, “Gaining and Maintaining Artist Exposure,” MOB Fest, June 26, 2010.
- Speaker/Panel Moderator, “Caution Before Signing–Red Flags in Entertainment Contracts,” South by Southwest Music Conference (SXSW), Austin, TX, March 17, 2010.
- Speaker, “Entertainment Law,” CBA Practice Tracks Program, Chicago, IL, January 29, 2009.
- Speaker, “Development and Exposure for Music,” MOBFest, June 21, 2008.
- Speaker, “Protecting Your Company’s Copyrights, and Ensuring Your Company Does Not Infringe the Copyrights of Others,” Chicago
- Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, May 2008.
- Speaker, “Red Flags in Entertainment Contracts and Related Copyright and Trademark Matters,” Anointed-Pages Gospel Awards,
- Showcase and Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 2008.
- Speaker, “Selecting The Artist’s Team—The Roles of Manager, Agent, and Attorney,” Anointed-Pages Gospel Awards, Showcase and Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 2008.
- Co-presenter, “Sound Advice,”–Putting Together the Artist’s Team” Music Garage, November 2007.
- Speaker, “Protecting Confidential Sources: Why It’s So Important,” MLRC, November 2006.
- Speaker, “Analysis of Joint & Several Liability Apportionment under 2-1117,” OSA Fall client seminar, October 2004.
- Lecturer, “Negotiating a Recording Contract for the New Artist,” Chicago-Kent College of Law -Sports and Entertainment Law Society, 1998.
- Lecturer, “New Artist Management and Representation,” Chicago-Kent College of Law – Sports and Entertainment Law Society, 1997.
Articles & Publications:
- Editor In Chief, “The Entertainment and Sports Lawyer,” American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries, October 2014 through Present.
- Co-author, “Chapter 14: Mediation,” Business and Commercial Litigation 2014, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IILCE), April 30, 2014.
- Co-author, “Chapter 14: Mediation,” Business and Commercial Litigation 2012, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IILCE), April 30, 2012.
- Contributor, “Burning Q’s: The Idol State Parade & Fox Shots,” E! Online, September 17, 2008.
- Author, “Understanding A Client’s Needs”, Inside The Minds: Entertainment and Media Law Contract Strategies, Aspatore Books, January 2008.
- Co-author, “Chapter 14: Mediation,” Business and Commercial Litigation, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IILCE), 2007.
- Developer, “Copyright Aware™,” (Copyright Course) Intellectual Property Shield, Inc., June 30, 2006.
- Author, “I Know, It’s Only Rock and Roll, But Did They Like It?: An Assessment of Causes of Action Concerning the Disappointment of Subjective Consumer Expectations Within the Live Performance Industry,” 13 UCLA Ent. L. Rev. 39, January 2005.