We’re thrilled to announce that Sanford and Dana have been named Top 100 Lawyers by the Los Angeles Business Journal. This prestigious—and repeat—recognition singles both of them out as two of L.A.’s most impactful attorneys and highlights their extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and exceptional service to our clients.

Please join us in congratulating Sanford and Dana for this great honor. We’re so proud of their achievements and look forward to their continued successes.

Sanford L. Michelman

Co-Founding Partner
Practices
Class Action & Complex Litigation
Industries
Advertising & Digital Media, Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

Dana A. Kravetz

Firm Managing Partner
Practices
Labor & Employment
Industries
Hospitality

For the seventh consecutive year, Michael Poster has been named a Top Music Lawyer by Billboard. He’s featured in the magazine’s March 30 issue, a tribute to his tremendous record of catalog deals and extraordinary work across the music finance and acquisition landscape.

Over the past year, Michael has represented dozens of extraordinary clients. Just some of these include:

  • Opus Music Group in its acquisition of (i) 90% of the music publishing catalogue and (ii) 90% of the recorded music income of the artist p/k/a Juice WRLD.
  • Cutting Edge Group in its acquisition of a majority stake in the music publishing catalogue of prominent songwriter and composer Jamie Hartmen, who has written for Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Calvin Harris, Kygo and Lewis Capaldi.
  • Barry Weiss and the other minority members of RECORDS LLC in the buyout of their minority interest by Sony Music and subsequent new record label joint venture.
  • AMR Songs in its acquisition of the music catalogue of John Sebastian of “The Lovin’ Spoonful,” featuring several truly iconic songs like “Summer in the City” and “Do You Believe in Magic.”
  •  AMR Songs in its acquisition of the publishing and recordings catalogue of Grammy-winning reggae band SOJA, among the most prominent artists in the reggae genre.
  • Pythagoras Music Group in its acquisition of the Barton Music catalogue that included hundreds of standards of the American Songbook by Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn.
  • ONErpm in its joint venture with music producers Dann Huff (named a Producer of the Year and Musician of the Year by several prominent industry groups in the country music genre) and David Huff.

Beyond these clients, Michael is also proud to represent Tempo Music Investments, Made in Memphis Entertainment, City National Bank, Catch Point Partners, GoldState Advisors, Downtown Music Holdings, and Spirit Music Group, handling many of their music-related transactions.

All of us at Michelman & Robinson, LLP congratulate Michael—one of the most effective dealmakers in the music space—on this wonderful repeat recognition.

 

Michael S. Poster

Partner-in-Charge
Practices
Corporate, M&A, Securities & Real Estate, Intellectual Property
Industries
Advertising & Digital Media, Banking & Financial Services, Internet, Software & Technology, Music & Entertainment

Our Chicago duo of Seth Darmstadter and Bryan Johnson have been named yet again as Super Lawyers and Matthew Lasky as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, an annual Thomas Reuters publication that recognizes top attorneys nationwide using a patented process of independent research and peer input. The work coming out of our Chicago office is exceptional, thanks to the talents of Seth, Bryan and Matthew, and we congratulate all three on this well-deserved recognition. 

Seth E. Darmstadter

Office Managing Partner/Class Action & Complex Litigation Practice Leader
Practices
Class Action & Complex Litigation
Industries
Advertising & Digital Media, Cannabis, Internet, Software & Technology

Bryan Johnson

Partner
Practices
COVID 19, Labor & Employment
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Cannabis, Hospitality, Insurance

Matthew R. Lasky

Senior Associate
Practices
Class Action & Complex Litigation
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, Internet, Software & Technology

Congratulations, Mona Hanna, on being named among the best of the best. Mona is one of 98 lawyers recognized as a Leading Commercial Litigator by the Daily Journal in its annual supplement honoring the best attorneys working withing the broad scope of commercial and bet-the-company litigation across the country. Read Mona’s Daily Journal feature here:

Mona Z. Hanna

Office Managing Partner
Practices
Class Action & Complex Litigation
Industries
Advertising & Digital Media, Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

2024 is a banner year for Southern California Rising Stars at M&R. We congratulate Mehdi Sinaki (LA), Allison Aguirre (OC), Samuel Licker (LA), Amanda V. Anderson (OC), Stacey Chiu (LA), Kevin Kim (OC), Jane Kutepova (OC), Derrick Fong-Stempel (LA), Samantha Drysdale (OC), Alexandra Miller (LA), Shaina L. Kinsberg, Esq., MBA (LA) and Alex Safyan (LA). They represent the best of the best at M&R and embody the extraordinary talent of our younger generation of lawyers.

M&R is excited to announce that Amanda K. Monroe has ascended to partner at the firm. She’s a sought-after employment litigator, best known for her extraordinary work defending single plaintiff and collective actions (class action and PAGA claims) involving wage and hour issues. Amanda is also relied upon by management for advice and counsel on a range of operational items of importance to employers across industries, the hospitality space included. We could’t be prouder of Amanda and congratulate her on her new position at M&R. 

Amanda K. Monroe

Partner
Practices
Labor & Employment
Industries
Hospitality

Mona Hanna’s standing as one of the nation’s preeminent litigators has been confirmed yet again—this time by the Orange County Business Journal, which has included Mona in the OC500 published this week. The OC 500 is a yearly compilation of the 500 most influential people in Orange County, and Mona’s work in high-stakes class actions, her record of courtroom victories (oftentimes defending “bet the company” lawsuits), and her efforts within M&R, where she is the National Complex & Class Action Trial Chair and OC Managing Partner, have cemented Mona’s place among some of the most extraordinary individuals in OC. 

Mona Z. Hanna

Office Managing Partner
Practices
Class Action & Complex Litigation
Industries
Advertising & Digital Media, Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

One of M&R’s newest additions has received a tremendous honor. Arie Smith, a member of the firm’s Class Action & Complex Litigation Practice Group, has been selected by The National Black Lawyers for inclusion into its Top 40 Under 40 Black Lawyers in New York.

This is big news. The recognition is bestowed upon only 40 African American attorneys under the age of 40 in each state—young lawyers with reputations for providing excellent legal representation in their respective practice areas. M&R NY is lucky to have one of these extraordinary professionals in Arie.

Arie J. Smith

Associate
Practices
Class Action & Complex Litigation
Industries
Insurance