Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C. is a full-service entertainment law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Our two attorneys, Bernard M. "Bernie" Resnick and Priscilla J. "Sally" Mattison, have combined experience of over forty years in the entertainment industry. As a result of an extensive and confidential peer review by members of the Bar, our firm has been awarded the prestigious "AV Preeminent" rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., has earned over 100 gold, platinum, multi-platinum, Billboard #1, Eurovision and/or BDS Certified Spin awards for deals negotiated and drafted on behalf of the firm’s clients, representing sales of over 125,000,000 records. The firm’s clientele ranges across many styles and genres of talent, encompassing recording artists, songwriters, record producers, agents, managers, filmmakers, financiers, internet website designers and operators, professional athletes, etc. Clients of the firm vary from “baby bands” and neophyte filmmakers to gold and platinum-selling recording artists, producers and songwriters, Grammy award winners, members of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, record labels, international entertainment businesses, and publicly-traded companies. The firm regularly places client music in television programs, movies, and video games.
Bernard M. Resnick, Esq.
Bernard M. Resnick, Esq. is an entertainment attorney practicing in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty five years.
Representative clients (past and present) include recording artists UGK, Bun B, Trina, Peedi Crakk, Us3, Pink, Bahamadia, Steph Pockets, Sebastian, Schoolly D, Freeway, The Rembrandts, Dave Mason, Lonnie Jordan and “War”, Time For Three, Grover Washington, Jr., and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; record producers/songwriters Timbaland, Andy Anderson, Jim Beanz, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Chris Godbey, Calvin Miller, Roy “Royalty” Hamilton, Jae Staxx, Rugged Ness, Arkatechz Beatz, Brent “Ritz” Reynolds, Rick Frederich and Qur’an Goodman; the Estate of Linda Creed; recording engineer Chris Godbey; artist management company Far-N-Low Management (Ritz, Peedi Crakk and TuPhace); artist management company Atom Factory (Lady Gaga, John Legend), artist management company/booking agency IMG Artists; record labels screenwriters, filmmakers; film investment funds; and Villanova University.
Mr. Resnick’s most recent publications, titled “An Overview of Master Use Licenses - Film and Television Uses” and “An Overview of Synchronization Licenses - Film and Television Uses”, were included as chapters in the annual journal issued by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (“IAEL”), titled “Licensing of Music - From BC to AD (Before the Change/After Digital)”, which was published internationally in January, 2014. Resnick co-authored chapters in IAEL’s 2009, 2011 and 2012 books; “The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide - 4th Edition”, published by Prentice Hall for the Beverly Hills Bar Association; and many other articles and chapters in journals, textbooks and magazines.
Bernard M. Resnick, Esq. is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School’s Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. Online program. His course is entitled “Navigating Recording Artists through the Entertainment Industry”. This unique offering is available to students from around the globe, who study for their advanced masters of law degree via computer-based distance learning.
Mr. Resnick has participated in panel discussions, presented seminars, and conducted continuing legal education classes worldwide, including for The Recording Academy; MusExpo; Liverpool Sound City; NARIP; the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers at MIDEM/MIDEMNet; the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania; Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University; the Texas State Bar Association Entertainment Law Institute; the Independent Music Conference; the Cutting Edge Music Conference; the Beverly Hills Bar Association; Widener University School of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Association Symposium; the Albany County Bar Association; New Noise Santa Barbara; and Les Rencontres. He frequently serves as an expert witness in entertainment and sports-related lawsuits; and he has been named a “Pennsylvania Superlawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine/Law & Politics Magazine for the last 11 consecutive years.
Mr. Resnick serves on two Boards of Directors: the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Recording Academy for 2011-2015 (where he is Co-Chair of the Classical Music Committee); and Saturnalia Books. Mr. Resnick is also a musician, songwriter, record producer and music publisher. He was selected as a Grand Prize winner of British Airways/UK Trade & Investment’s “Face of Opportunity” contest, and as a result received an all-expenses paid trip for two to London, England for seminars and networking events with government officials and business leaders. He practices law with his wife, the lovely and vivacious Priscilla J. Mattison, Esq.
Priscilla J. Mattison, Esq., LEED AP® Homes
Priscilla J. ("Sally") Mattison is Of Counsel to the Philadelphia-based firm Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C. Her clients have included recording artists, songwriters, record producers, record labels, managers, booking agencies, filmmakers, and screenwriters.
A graduate of Yale University, Ms. Mattison was also the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to study Communications at the Technical University of Berlin and earned a Certificate in Producing from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Before attending law school, she worked in the film and television industries in New York and Los Angeles in numerous capacities ranging from director to co-producer to casting director and more. Ms. Mattison began her law studies at the University of California, Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, where she was selected for the California Law Review and received a Moot Court Advocacy Award. She then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania Law School, from which she received her JD. After graduating, Ms. Mattison practiced complex commercial litigation with the Philadelphia firm Harkins Cunningham, and did educational outreach and policy work for Clean Air Council, a regional environmental nonprofit organization. She joined Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C. in 2000.
Ms. Mattison has taught Business Law at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and Music Business Management at Cabrini College/KAJEM Recording Arts Program. She has lectured to students of Southwestern Law School's "Entertainment and Media Law LL.M. Online" program, and at Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law, Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, the Algonquin Film Festival, the Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour ("PennPAT') Roster Artists Retreat, and the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association's Regional Music Industry Conference. She has appeared on panels at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana; a symposium at Princeton University; the Lebanon Valley College Music Industry Conference VI and VII; and the Hudson Valley Songfest 6. She has been an invited mentor or judge at numerous entertainment industry events.
Ms. Mattison served as a panelist at a Continuing Legal Education seminar hosted by Widener University School of Law's Sports and Entertainment Law Association, and spoke at the 42nd and 43rd annual MIDEM conventions (2008 and 2009) in Cannes, France at legal workshops hosted by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers ("IAEL") as part of each year's International Manager Summit. With Bernard Resnick she co-wrote the article "USA Concert Touring Issues", which was published in the IAEL 2011 publication, "Live Entertainment Handbook"; the article "The Artist's Team in the U.S.", a version of which was published in the IAEL 2012 publication, "Building Your Artist's Brand as a Business"; and the articles "An Overview of Synchronization Licenses" and "An Overview of Master Use Licenses: Film and Television Uses", which were published in the IAEL 2014 publication, "Licensing of Music - from BC to AD (Before the Change / After Digital)". Ms. Mattison gave presentations about the articles at the 45th, 46th, and 48th annual MIDEM conventions, in 2011, 2012, and 2014 respectively.
Ms. Mattison is a member of the bars of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She belongs to the Philadelphia Bar Association, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and New York Women In Film & Television; is an associate member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.; and holds both writer and publisher memberships in BMI.
Ms. Mattison is listed in numerous Marquis Who's Who publications, including Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America, and was selected as a Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She has been active in environmental matters for years, and currently serves on the Environmental Advisory Council of Radnor Township, Pennnsylvania. She is a LEED® Accredited Professional (LEED AP® Homes) and is also REGREEN TrainedTM. She is also an exhibited photographer.
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Our firm concentrates on transactional work in various facets of the entertainment industry. Examples of the types of contracts that we have solicited, negotiated and/or drafted for our clients include:
Music Industry: Major label recording agreements, independent label recording agreements, international licensing agreements, production agreements, producer agreements, recording studio agreements, work for hire agreements, distribution agreements, music publishing agreements, music publishing administration agreements, "shopping" agreements, artist management agreements, booking agency agreements, concert tour agreements, concert tour riders, merchandising agreements, celebrity endorsement agreements, side artist agreements, investment agreements.
Television Industry: Actor agreements, life story option agreements, syndication agreements, program distribution agreements (cable, broadcast and public television), writer agreements, reality show contestant agreements, game show contestant agreements, music synchronization and master use agreements, infomercial agreements.
Film Industry: Actor talent agreements, option agreements, distribution agreements, music supervisor agreements, music synchronization and master use agreements, director agreements, writer agreements, composer agreements, finder agreements.
Computer Industry: Website user agreements, work for hire agreements.
Sports Industry: Player-team agreements, athlete-promoter agreements, promoter licenses, celebrity endorsement agreements, athlete-agent agreements, television distribution agreements.
Book Publishing Industry: Author/publisher agreements, co-author agreements, author/agency agreements.
Fine Arts Industry: Artist/gallery agreements, art reproduction license agreements, photographer/gallery agreements, photograph reproduction agreements, album cover art agreements.
Corporate: Incorporations, fictitious name registrations, formation of limited liability companies, formation of partnerships, copyright registration, trademark and servicemark registration, partnership agreements, shareholders agreements, investor agreements, real estate leases, real estate transfers, equipment leases.
Representative current and former clients of the firm include the following:
The Philadelphia Orchestra; flautist Susan Milan; The Budapest String Quartet; early music recording artists Piffaro, Ex Umbris, and Fortune's Wheel; organist Peter Richard Conte; pianist Vitalij Kuprij; and The Amernet String Quartet.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dave Mason; platinum award-winning recording artist The Rembrandts; multi-platinum award-winning recording artist Pink; platinum award-winning recording artist Us3; recording artists Lindsay Pagano, The Cuffs, Pornosonic, Blink, The Naked Apes, V.A., Peekaboo, Janita, Raje Shwari, Anthrophobia, aboyandagirl, Autumn, Pete Palladino, The Badlees, and Electron Love Theory; multi-platinum record producer Rich Gavalis (Bloodhound Gang); and record companies Chord Recordings, Tazmania Records, Metropolitan Records, Dancesport Sounds USA, DRP Records, BMP/Put It On A Disk Records, 215 Records, Krush Unit, Inc., Chocolate Fireguard Music, Ltd., Ultimae Records, and Chart Noise, Inc.
Grammy ™ Award and NARAS "Impact Award" winning, multi-platinum producer and songwriter Timbaland; multi-platinum award-winning Face Off Entertainment, Inc. producer and songwriter Qur'an Goodman; gold award-winning recording artist Trina; recording artists Sincere, Garland "Sebastian" Mosley, and Peedi Peedi (formerly known as "Peedi Crakk"); platinum award-winning recordng artist "Bun B." from the group "UGK"; Grammy ™ Award nominee and multi-platinum recording artist "Beenie Man"; Pop Art Music rappers Da Youngsta's; recording artists Ram Squad, Major Figgas, Don Blaq, Oschino & Sparks, and L Myers; record producers Lonnie Jordan, Rugged Ness, Lawrence Goodman, Jae Staxx, Don Groove, Infinite Arkatechz, Collen & Webb, Saska Becker, Quincy Ledbetter of Titanium Productions, Leon "Pop Trax" Huff, II, and Billey Pettaway; and record labels RuffNation/Warner Brothers Records, Kwerk Records, Pop Art Records, and Blue Mountain Records
Songwriters and Composers:
Songwriters LaMont Flemming, Stan Stammers, John "Tommy Hill" Wilson, Troy "Boy Backs" Smith, Ebony Burks, Nolan Doran, Kaleena Harper, Paul Jones, Jacob Picorale, Lindsay Pagano and Lamar "L" DeBois; the estate of the late songwriter Linda Creed; classical/jazz composer Leslie Burrs; and British music publisher Complete Music, Ltd.
USBA Lightweight Boxing Champion Ivan "Mighty" Robinson; Olympic medalist and IBF Bantamweight Boxing Champion Tim Austin; IBC Junior Welterweight Boxing Champion Vernon Forrest; two-time NABF Junior Flyweight Boxing Champion Eric "Lil' E" Griffin; WBU Super Featherweight Champion Angel "El Diablo" Manfredy; Junior Lightweight boxing contender Aaron Torres; professional wrestling promoter Extreme Associates ("XPW"); female Motocross Champion Stefy Bau; and various NFL players and Olympic athletes.
Television and Radio:
Nationally-syndicated public television cooking program "The Presidential Palate"; classic rock radio producer/programmer Denny Somach; DJ Cory Ak; radio and club DJ Terry "Love" Barrett; legendary radio DJ Hy Lit; and other notable celebrities and personalities.
Production companies 9.14 Pictures, Inc., MegaMace, Ltd., and LS Films, Inc.
Painter Lisa Learner, photographer Scott Weiner, photographer Stephanie Jennings.
Clothing store chain Forman Mills; Informercial companies Magic Media International, Inc. and Creative Products International, Inc.; medical journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research; publicly-traded children's television company Earthworks Entertainment, Inc.; and Internet website www.HipHopWebStop.com.