John Berlinski

John Berlinski is a partner in Kasowitz’s Century City office and Chair of the firm’s Entertainment Practice Group.  His practice focuses on representing top actors, directors, producers, talent agencies, executives, studios, networks, casinos, and resorts, among others, in their most significant disputes, including litigating licensing, intellectual property, and "backend" profit participation claims.

John has been recognized as one of Hollywood’s top attorneys by The Hollywood Reporter on its “Power Lawyers 2020: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys” list, and as an Entertainment Trailblazer by The American Lawyer and by The National Law Journal for his groundbreaking work as an entertainment lawyer.  He has also been recognized in Variety's "Legal Impact Report," which spotlights leading attorneys in the entertainment industry, and by Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star.

Prior to joining the firm, John spent seven years at NBCUniversal, where he was the Senior Vice President & Head of West Coast Television Litigation.  At NBCUniversal, he actively participated in and managed the company’s entertainment litigation docket, which included disputes involving profit participation, copyright, idea theft, right to privacy, breach of contract, labor and employment, and other matters.  John was also the head lawyer for NBCUniversal’s profit participation group, managing a team of attorneys dedicated to providing advice regarding the negotiation of profit participation contracts, the issuance of accounting statements, audits, and the resolution of audit claims. 

Before joining NBCUniversal, John worked for approximately seven years as a general litigator at O'Melveny & Myers.