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Ted F. Gerdes - Beverly Hills, CA

8950 West Olympic BoulevardSuite 382 Beverly Hills, CA 90211- 3565

Updated: 01/15/2015

Beverly Hills Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law Lawyer


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About Ted F. Gerdes

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Member

Practice Areas

  • Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Advertising Law
  • Clearance
  • Entertainment Law
  • Motion Pictures and Television
  • Music Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Internet Law
  • Media Law
  • Right of Privacy
  • Right of Publicity


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981

Other Affiliations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Sections, 1991 - 1992 (Chair, Executive Committee)
  • State Bar of California (Member)
  • Los Angeles Copyright Society (Member)
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Member)
  • Los Angeles Lawyer (Member, Editorial Board)
  • Los Angeles Lawyer, 1989 - 1990 (Special Editor, Entertainment Law, Chair)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Sections, 1986 - 1992 (Officer)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Sections, 1984 - Present (Member)
  • Los Angeles Lawyer, 1989 - 1990 (Chair, Editorial Board)
  • Los Angeles Lawyer, 1984 - 1994 (Member, Editorial Board)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member)
  • National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Member)
  • Los Angeles Copyright Society (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, Prize Indemnity, North American Contingency Association Symposium and Convention, 2000
  • Speaker, Film & Video Law Seminar, California Lawyers for the Arts, 1994
  • Speaker, Intellectual Property for the General Practitioner: Handling Everyday Copyright and Trademark Matters, 1992
  • Speaker, Creative Restraints on the Entertainment Industry, Los Angeles County Bar Association Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section Symposium, 1991
  • Speaker, Media Law, UCLA Extension
  • Guest Lecturer, Entertainment Law, Loyola School of Law, 1999
  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Research and Writing, Southwestern University School of Law, 1988 - 1989


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, 1980
    Law Journal: California Western School of Law International Law Journal, Associate Editor, 1979 - 1980
  • State University of New York College, Oswego, New York, 1974
    Major: Music


Published Works

  • The Unbearable Likeness of Being: Recent Court Decisions Highlight the Tension Between Entrepreneurs' First Amendment Rights and Celebrities' Rights of Publicity, Los Angeles Lawyer, Vol. 25, No. 3, May, 2002
  • "Legal Tips for Interactive Multimedia Producers", Los Angeles Lawyer, Vol. 17, No. 13, May, 1994
  • "Special Problems of Docudramas: No Short Cuts in the Clearance Process", Vol. 13, No. 2, Los Angeles Lawyer, April, 1990
  • "The Legal Do's and Don'ts of Producing for Interactive Technology", Billboard, August, 1993
  • Shelley Duvall: Portrait of a Multimedia Pioneer, Los Angeles Lawyer, May, 1994
  • Clearance Strategies For New Technologies, New Technologies
  • Special Problems of Docudramas: No Shortcuts in the Clearance Process, Los Angeles Lawyer, April, 1990
  • Music Biz By Degree: Era of the College Educated Executive, Music Connection
  • Catch 22:The Talent Agencies Act, Music Connection
  • Publishers vs. Administrators: Song Placement Over Paperwork, Music Connection
  • TV: Untapped Medium for Exposing New Artists, Music Connection
  • SRS: A Writer's Bridge to the Music Business, Music Connection
  • Performance Rights In Sound Recordings, ASCAP

Office Information


8950 West Olympic BoulevardSuite 382 Beverly Hills, CA 90211- 3565


  • 310-858-6703



  • First Prize, Intra-School Competition, Nathan Burkhan Memorial Competition,
  • Publisher's Association MAGGIE Award,

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