Lita Rosario, Esq.
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Atty. Rosario got her start in the entertainment business as a founder and the VP of Business and Legal Affairs for University Music Group, Inc., producers of multi-platinum recording artists Dru Hill, Sisqo and MYA.  Atty. Rosario has negotiated distribution and publishing agreements with all of the four major record distribution/music publishing companies including Warner Music Group, Sony/RCA; Universal Music Group; EMI/Capital Records as well as major television and cable companies, including, Disney, UPN, TV One, BET, VIACOM/MTV, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, E! NETWORK and Universal Pictures.

Atty. Rosario’s client roster has included among others:
Grammy award winning and platinum selling artists George Clinton and the Estate of Garry Shider (Parliament Funkadelic), Missy Elliott, Tank, Sisqo, DRU HILL, Peaches & Herb, Crystal Waters, Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force, DTP recording artist “BXC”, SRC/Universal Recording Artists “Marky,” Universal Republic recording artist Grind Mode; Grammy award winning and platinum selling producer Chucky Thompson, Kellie Williams former “Family Matters” cast member, Charlotte Burley, author, producer and host of BET J’s “THE TURN ON,” Davy D producer of RUN DMC and Kurtis Blow, Ronald “Peanut” Frost producer of Jill Scott, Miri Bin-Ari, Dave Evans producer and music director for Keith Sweat and DRU HILL, Nefretiti Makenta producer and director of a PBS documentary entitled “WORD IS BOND.”

Atty. Rosario also provides internet related, entertainment and intellectual property advice to various corporate entities including, Washington, D.C. based Haven Media Group, LLC, a new venture funded by Syncom Funds (investors in BET and Radio and TV One) designed to market “Legacy Artists” in new media; The Black Leadership Forum, Inc. an umbrella entity for Black Civil Rights organizations that is launching a web based television network (BLF.TV) for its member organizations; and a premier web based marketing and promotions company.

Atty. Rosario’s practice involves administration of copyrights, including negotiation of syndication rights, mechanical, synchronization, sample clearances, and performance licenses for music in major motion pictures, including Soul Food, Romeo Music Die, The Fast and The Furious, Road Trip, My First Mister, Buying the Cow, and Brothers, as well as synchronization licenses for commercial advertisements for Bermuda Tourism, Lincoln-Mercury, Mitsubishi, Doritos, Jeep, Cingular, MAC Make-Up and Miller Brewing Company.

Atty. Rosario, is an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia’s Department of Mass Media Visual and Performing Arts (from 1994 to present), teaching “The Business of Music,” a course focusing on legal, accounting and other business aspects of music, TV and film industries.
Atty. Rosario has negotiated major merchandising and endorsement deals with adidas International and Doritos for Missy Elliott.
Atty. Rosario has provided consultation in the Laruen Hill litigation and the Zapp & Sean Levert Estate matters.
Atty. Rosario has secured her clients' ownership rights in the mega hit records: Who let the Dogs Out,” “Blame it on the Alcohol,” “Thong Song
        and My Drink N My 2 Step.”
Atty. Rosario has lobbied Congress on copyright law issues regarding the repeal of an amendment to the Copyright Act.
Atty. Rosario’s lobbying efforts have included pursuing recording artists’ rights along with AFTRA, AF of M, Sound Exchange and musicFirst.
Atty. Rosario has supervised multi-jurisdictional litigation for both Peaches & Herb versus Sony Music Corporation and The Moments versus
        Rhino Records regarding authorship rights.

Atty. Rosario is a member of the District of Columbia, New York & Massachusetts Bars, the Federal Court bars in the Southern District of New York and the District Court for the District of Columbia.  Atty. Rosario attended The Howard University School of Communications in Washington, D.C.; were she graduated Cum Laude in 1983.  Atty. Rosario also attended The Howard University School of Law, where she earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1986, graduating in the top 10% of her class.
Recording Academy Board of Governors (Grammy's) Washington DC Chapter (2013-2015)

Board of Directors Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) (2013)

Chair DC Bar's Arts, Entertainment, Media  & Sports Law Section (2012)

Vice Chair DC Bar's Arts, Entertainment, Media  & Sports Law Section (2011)

DC Bar's Arts, Entertainment, Media  & Sports Law Section (2010)