BILLBOARD MAGAZINE 2016 “LAWYER OF THE YEAR”
As one of the preeminent entertainment and corporate lawyers in the US today, John Branca is one of the few attorneys to be included in every edition of Best Lawyers in America. Branca is also included on virtually every other list of premier lawyers in the world and the entertainment industry. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter’s list of 100 Power Entertainment Lawyers placed Branca atop the “5 Music Lawyers To Know” category. A partner and head of the Music Department in the largest entertainment law firm in the world, Ziffren Brittenham LLP, (www.ziffrenlaw.com), Branca has represented an unprecedented 30 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including Aerosmith, The Beach Boys, The Bee Gees, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson, Leiber and Stoller, The Rolling Stones, Earth Wind & Fire, and Carlos Santana, among others. Since 2009, he has also served as co-executor of the Michael Jackson Estate, along with John McClain. Primarily focused on the music and live appearance industries, Branca has also facilitated and initiated game-changing deals involving the purchase and sale of some of the largest recorded assets and music publishing catalogs in history. Passionate about helping artists get a fair shake in the music industry, he has helped songwriters regain copyrights of their songs as well as securing lost royalties for artists. Branca is a board member of many charities, including serving as Chair Emeritus of Musicares, which provides help to members of the music community needing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, and assistance for other financial, medical and personal crises. His work with this organization was recognized by The GRAMMY Foundation, which bestowed him with its 2012 Service Award.