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Donald Ellis Biederman


Donald Ellis Biederman, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1959, United States District Court (southern district) New York 1967, California 1977. Recipient Honorary Gold Record, Recording Industry Association American, 1974, Trendsetter award Billboard magazine, 1976, Gold Triangle award American Academy Dermatology, 1999; named Entertainment Lawyer of Year, Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2000.


Biederman, Donald Ellis was born on August 23, 1934 in New York City. Son of William and Sophye (Groll) Biederman.


AB, Cornell University, 1955. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1958. Master of Laws in Taxation, New York University, 1970.


Associate Hale, Russell & Stentzel, New York City, 1962-1966. Assistant Corporate Counsel City of New York, 1966-1968. Associate Delson & Gordon, New York City, 1968-1969.

Partner Roe, Carman, Clerke, Berkman & Berkman, Jamaica, New York, 1969-1972. General attorney Columbia Broadcasting System Records, New York City, 1972-1976. Senior vice president legal affairs and administration ABC Records, Los Angeles, 1977-1979.

Partner Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, 1979-1983. Executive vice president, general counsel Warner/Chappell Music Inc., 1983-1999, consultant, from 2000. Adjunct professor School Law Southwestern University.A., 1982-2000, professor law, director entertainment and media law institute, since 2000, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, 1985-1987, Loyola Marymount University.A., 1992.

Lecturer Anderson School Management University of California at Los Angeles, 1993, University Southern California Law Center, 1995-1997.



Board directors California Chamber Symphony Society, Los Angeles, 1981-1992. Director Entertainment Law Institute University Southern California, 1993-2000. 1st lieutenant United States Army, 1959.

Member New York Bar Association, California Bar Association, Riviera Country Club, Cornell Club.


  • Other Interests

    Golf, skiing, travel, reading.


Married Marna M. Leerburger, December 22, 1962. Children: Charles Jefferson, Melissa Anne.

William Biederman

Sophye (Groll) Biederman

Marna M. Leerburger

Charles Jefferson Biederman

Melissa Anne Biederman