John Meller

Education

Juris Doctorate
UCLA School of Law 
Los Angeles, California

Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies 
University of Texas 
Austin, Texas

Biography

John is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, where he was the Chief Executive Editor of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review and specialized in Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property.  Prior to joining LaPolt Law, John interned at two boutique entertainment firms where he drafted agreements and analyzed intellectual property-related legal issues for the film, television, and digital spaces.  Before moving to Los Angeles, John attended the University of Texas at Austin where he gained experience in live concert promotion and wrote for the student newspaper.

John drafts and negotiates agreements relating to the music business including recording agreements, producer agreements, work for hire agreements, management agreements, mechanical licenses, composer agreements, and master and synchronization agreements and other rights clearance agreements for film, television and video games.  In addition, he handles matters relating to film and television, merchandising, endorsement and sponsorship agreements, and various agreements pertaining to touring and concert promotion.  John also assists Dina LaPolt in her legislative efforts, advocating for the firm’s clients on issues that affect their rights.

In his spare time, John is a record collector, a cyclist, and an aspiring barbeque chef.

Memberships

California State Bar Association; Beverly Hills Bar Association; National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; National Association of Record Industry Professionals

Committees

NARAS Los Angeles Chapter Advocacy Committee

Publications
  • Pending US Legislation Regarding Streaming. The Streaming Revolution in the Entertainment Industry, published by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, June 2015 (co-authored with Dina LaPolt)
  • A Response to Professor Menell: A Remix Compulsory License Is Not Justified. The Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, June 2015 (co-authored with Dina LaPolt and Jay Rosenthal)
  • Op-Ed: Hey DOJ – see you in court! The Hill, September 2016 (co-authored with Dina LaPolt)