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Henry W. Root

  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Television
  • Copyright

  • American Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • California Copyright Conference
  • Association of Independent Music Publishers
  • National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court - 9th Circuit
  • California State Courts

  • University of Denver
    Sturm College of Law
    (J.D. 1978)

  • Third year studies completed
    Loyola College of Law
    Los Angeles, California

  • President Entertainment Law Society

  • University of Denver
    Double Major, Political Science & Sociology
    (B.A. 1975)
    • Dean's List
    • 4.0 Honor Society
    • Outstanding Senior
    • Student Ombudsman
    • Student Senate

  • "Ethics & the Addict: Detection, Prevention and Treatment of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse"
    American Bar Association
    April, 2018; December, 2017
    Panelist and Moderator

  • "Turbulent Waters or Smooth Sailing: How Bigly is the Future of the Music Industry?"
    American Bar Association
    October, 2017

  • "Music Licensing in Today's World: Songs and Sound Recordings"
    The American Music Festival and Conference
    September, 2016
    Panelist and Moderator

  • "Sounds Heard 'Round the World: International Film, Television, ISP and Digital Media Music Issues"
    American Bar Association, Entertainment & Sports Law Society
    April, 2016
    Panelist and Moderator

  • "Copyright Reform Update"
    North American Entertainment, Sports & IP Law Summit
    November, 2015
    Panelist and Moderator

  • "Music Licensing - A World in Transition"
    American Bar Association Annual Meeting
    October, 2015
    Panelist and Moderator

  • "International Music Licensing and Compliance: Update and Trends"
    Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports
    April, 2015
    Panelist and Moderator

  • "Artists Getting Screwed?  The Debate: Round 2014"
    American Bar Association, Entertainment & Sports Law Society
    November, 2014

  • "Update on Music Licensing: To Perform Or Not To Perform"
    American Bar Association, Entertainment & Sports Law Society
    September, 2014

  • "Copyright, Copy Left, Do You Copy?"
    American Bar Association, Entertainment & Sports Law Society
    October, 2014

Mr. Root was the executive producer of the DVD and TV shows "Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire: Live At The Greek" (which earned platinum sales status from the RIAA), "Kenny Chesney: No Shirts, No Shoes, No Problem" (for which he received a Telly Award) and "Return To Sin City: All Star Tribute to Gram Parsons."

Legal Expertise

Entertainment, media and complex copyright law (including copyright terminations and digital millennium copyright act compliance for webcasters and retail business establishment services). Negotiation of complex content agreements with record companies (including so-called "360 degree" recording agreements), music publishing companies (including catalog acquisitions and sales), television networks, content providers, gaming and app development agreements for online, iOS, Android other platforms, sponsorship, merchandising, product placement and endorsement agreements for actors, celebrities and musical artists. Providing comprehensive strategic counseling including analysis of complex rights licensing issues associated with cutting-edge business models.


Henry W. Root is a partner in the entertainment law firm of Lapidus, Root, & Sacharow, LLP. He has over 35 years of legal and business affairs experience in the music, television and entertainment industries, specializing in complex transactions for sophisticated individual and institutional clients. He provides transactional intellectual property advice to in connection with intellectual property sales, acquisitions, distribution and exploitation, rights clearances, due diligence, asset valuation and intellectual property management. He has been repeatedly selected by his peers for inclusion in the Southern California edition of "Super Lawyers" and is listed in "Top Attorneys in North America."

Henry is an adjunct faculty member of the University Of Miami School Of Law teaching music law. He is a member of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum on the Sports and Entertainment Industries, having served for six years as Chairman of the Music Division for that organization. He was presented with the Ed Rubin Award, the Forum's highest honor for outstanding leadership and service, at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Forum. He is the immediate past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Entertainment Law Initiative nationwide writing contest for law students, co-sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the American Bar Association, He is a past director and officer of the California Copyright Conference. He is the author of the music chapter for the legal treatise "Essentials of Entertainment Law", and a contributing author to the Matthew-Bender publication, "Entertainment Industry Contracts: Drafting and Negotiating Guide".