Cliff Gilbert-Lurie is a senior partner at Ziffren Brittenham LLP where he has practiced since 1986. He has previously served as co-managing partner of the firm. His practice spans the entertainment, media, digital, and technologies businesses, including representation of motion picture and television talent, creators of television series, media and software companies, investment funds, and senior executives in the entertainment and media businesses.
Over the last 10 years, Cliff has been included in virtually all the “Top Lawyers” lists by publications covering the entertainment and legal industries. He has been consistently named as one of the top 100 Power Lawyers by The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. and has received comparable recognition from Variety. Cliff has a deep knowledge of the entertainment and media businesses and sophisticated experience in evaluating business issues, negotiating contracts, advising clients, resolving disputes, and making strategic decisions.
Cliff was a member of the Board of Directors of City National Bank until its acquisition by Royal Bank of Canada. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for Children’s Rights. He also serves as the Chair of the Foreign Policy Roundtable, an organization committed to informing members of the entertainment industry on issues of foreign policy. He is member of the advisory board of the Paley Foundation, and the Peabody Foundation, and is a member of the RAND Policy Circle. Previously, he has served on the boards of a number of other charitable institutions, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and then Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
Cliff has been honored by various organizations. He is the recipient of the National Champion for Children Award, presented by the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and the Ira Yellin Community Service Award, presented by the American Jewish Committee.
Cliff has appeared on many panels and lectures over the years sponsored by UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, UCSB, The Hollywood Radio & Television Society, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and other educational, business, legal, and trade groups, to share his knowledge of the entertainment and media business. He also meets regularly with representatives of Nomura Securities, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and other leading analysts to discuss his perspectives about the entertainment business.
He is married to Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, and has three wonderful children, Christopher, Gabriel, and Mikaela.
Cliff received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1979, where he was elected Order of the Coif, and was Associate Editor of the California Law Review. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1976, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with Departmental Highest Honors.