Kia Kamran, Esq.
KIA KAMRAN was admitted to the practice of law in California in 1996.
He currently focuses his practice on matters in the music business, as well as in trademarks, copyrights, Internet and new media, corporate matters, business transactions, film, and television.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Kamran developed a diverse background in the music and entertainment. While his Business Administration / Marketing undergraduate degree at CSUN, Mr. Kamran acted for two years as the Student Government's (AS/SPACE) Director of Noontime Productions, where he booked and promoted free weekly noontime live concerts and major nighttime hard-ticket concerts for the students. During this time, he also worked as an intern at Virgin Records America, then at Nederlander Concerts.
Upon graduation in 1991, cut his teeth in the live concert business as a junior booking agent at Variety Artists International., Inc., where he worked alongside seasoned music agents in the booking and directing the careers of the company's diverse roster of nationally and internationally renowned touring acts.
In 1993, Mr. Kamran entered Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles (the first law school to offer a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Entertainment and Media Law in the country) where he focused his studies on copyright, trademark, intellectual property and entertainment law courses, graduating in 1996 with a Juris Doctorate degree with honors, in the top 10% of his class, and was admitted to the California Bar later that year.
During law school, Mr. Kamran also worked as an intern in the music law firm of Codikow & Carroll (now called Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP, and then in the legal department of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, where he perfected his knowledge of music publishing and music publishing related agreements.
Kia Kamran currently represents a variety of music, trademark, and entertainment related clients, including artists, record labels, record producers, music publishers, personal managers, talent agents, makeup artists, models, dancers, concert producers, experiential production companies, marketing companies, entrepreneurs, internet companies, telecommunications companies, among many, many others.
Mr. Kamran's practice also involves the representation of Internet "viral" properties (i.e. "memes"), influencers, and social media marketing companies.
Mr. Kamran enjoys live music, spending time with his family and friends, skiing, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, attending music events, and his all time favorite artists are Bob Marley and The Clash. He is also quite fond of Tool, (the mighty) Dr. Dre, and Alice in Chains.
Mr. Kamran's article about California Labor Code Section 2855, "California's 'Seven Year Rule' Affects Bargaining Power, Little Else," appeared in the 1998-99 Entertainment, Publishing, and the Arts Handbook. A shorter version of this article "The Murky Waters of the 'Seven-Year Rule'" appeared In Billboard Magazine March 28, 2008 issue.
Mr. Kamran also teaches the summer UCLA EXTENSION COURSE entitled Legal and Practical Aspects of the Music Business since 2012. Mr. Kamran also regularly speaks on entertainment law-related subjects to various audiences, ranging from so-called "nuts and bolts" teaching engagements to "cutting edge" new-technology related discussions to those wishing to keep up with recent trends affecting the law related to entertainment law.