• Gary L. Gilbert

    Co-chair, Entertainment and Media
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    Los Angeles
    Direct: 310.312.4232
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    University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1971


    University of Southern California, B.A., 1968

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    Gary Gilbert is co-chair of the Entertainment and Media Practice. He concentrates his practice in the area of music transactions. His clients include renowned performers, including Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Death Cab for Cutie, Megadeth, Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles, George Benson, k.d. lang, Lyle Lovett and several alumni from American Idol.

    Mr. Gilbert joined Manatt after serving as partner at Baker & Hostetler, LLP. Before then, Mr. Gilbert was senior vice president for Capitol Records, where he negotiated contracts and oversaw the activities of the company's legal and business affairs division. He has handled transactions for a number of well-known musical artists and handles negotiations on employment contracts for many top record company executives.

    Prior to joining Capitol Records, Mr. Gilbert was a partner in the entertainment law firm of Bloom, Dekom & Hergott, following several years as a named partner in the firm of Mason & Gilbert. He has been named a "Southern California Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics and the publishers of Los Angeles magazine every year since 2006.

    Mr. Gilbert has served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Country Music.

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    Honors & Awards

    Named one of "Music's Most Powerful Attorneys" by Billboard, 2015.

    Ranked, Chambers USA, Media & Entertainment (California), 2015.

    The Best Lawyers in America, 2016.

    "Southern California Super Lawyer,” Los Angeles magazine, 2006 to present.


    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in California.

    Member, State Bar of California.

    Member, Country Music Association.

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