Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, LLP
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Santa Monica, California  90401
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Valerie A. Dearth
Of Counsel

  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Television
  • Copyright

Ms. Dearth speaks annually for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Entertainment Law Initiative, of which she is a past finalist for her article "1999 Amendment to Work Made for Hire Doctrine Comes Full Circle: Where It Came From, What's It's Been Through, and Where It Is Now", which was published in the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Section on Entertainment Law

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

  • Southwestern Law School, Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute (LL.M - 2006)

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    (J.D., Cum Laude - 2004)
    • Entertainment Law Society
      President (2 years);
      Vice President (1 year)

    • Student Bar Association
      Vice President

    • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence /CALI Excellence for the Future Award
      (Intellectual Property)

    • Moot Court Team
      • 2003 Cardozo/BMI Entertainment & Communications Law Moot Court Competition

        Team Coach

      • 2003 Pepperdine 6th Annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition

        Top 20 Advocate re: copyright infringement/fair use defense

  • Washington State University
    (B.A. 1996) – Political Science

Legal Expertise

Music production (producer, mixer and composer agreements); music licensing and clearance; unscripted television production (development through post-production clearance, including attachment agreements, above the line talent agreements, participant releases, location and materials releases, E&O insurance matters & guild agreements); copyright registration and reversion.


Valerie A. Dearth focuses her practice in the areas of music, unscripted television, licensing and clearances, and copyright, including copyright reversion. She has worked with award winning recording artists such as Charlie Wilson, Dwele, Dave Mason, and Philip Bailey ("Earth, Wind & Fire"), and has assisted with business and legal affairs matters for the award winning show, "Live From Daryl's House" featuring Daryl Hall of "Hall & Oates". Ms. Dearth has also performed production legal services for numerous television productions, including "Miss America", "The Biggest Loser" (NBC), "Master Chef" (Fox), "The Buried Life" (MTV), "Chelsea Lately" (E!)," Mob Wives" (VH1) , "Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane" (Style), "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (ABC), "The Mentor" (Bloomberg), "Pregnant in Heels" (Bravo), "Dance Your Ass Off" (Oxygen), " The Real L Word" (Showtime), and "The Fashion Show" (Bravo).