Stuart Silfen is counsel to the Entertainment Group at Frankfurt Kurnit.
Mr. Silfen has almost 40 years of experience in negotiating, drafting and implementing all forms of music, publishing, recording and book publishing agreements. His clients over the years have run the gamut from successful independent record labels, classical music superstars, hip-hop rappers, pop stars, to theatrical leading ladies. They include Lang Lang, Norah Jones, KISS, Billy Idol, ZZ Top, Paul Anka, Mariah Carey, Donna Summer, Harry Chapin, Roberta Flack, Cindy Lauper, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Richie Sambora, Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Public Enemy, 2 Live Crew, Audra McDonald, Sir James Galway, Jessye Norman, Philip Glass, Republic/Universal Records, Sony Records and composer/producer Ennio Morricone.
Mr. Silfen has also represented, and continues to represent many senior record company executives, successful authors and composers of musical compositions, and their affiliated music publishing companies.
Mr. Silfen has spoken at the PLI program "Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry"; the New York Law Journal program's "Negotiating Entertainment Agreements"; the American Bar Association's "Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industry;" and at entertainment law programs at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, William & Mary Law School, Regent University, and Pace University Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York.
awards & recognition
Best Lawyers in Entertainment Law
University of Rochester (BA, honors in History, Phi Beta Kappa, 1959)
New York University School of Law (JD, 1962)
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
news & press
The Best Lawyers in America 2018
Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" ranked Frankfurt Kurnit nationally in "Tier 1" in Advertising, Copyright, Entertainment - Motion Pictures and Television, and Trademark Law, "Tier 2" in Litigation - Intellectual Property, Media Law, and Trusts & Estates Law, and "Tier 3" in Commercial Litigation and Regulatory
The Best Lawyers in America 2017
In its 2017 edition, Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" ranked Frankfurt Kurnit nationally in "Tier 1" in Advertising, Copyright, Entertainment - Motion Pictures and Television, and Trademark Law, "Tier 2" in Litigation - Intellectual Property, Media Law, and Trusts & Estates Law, and "Tier 3" in Commercial Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation.
The Best Lawyers in America 2016
Best Lawyers recognized our firm and 18 of our attorneys in their 2016 list.
Best Lawyers 2015
Best Lawyers recognized our firm and 17 of our attorneys in their 2015 list.