Lionel (“Lon”) Sobel was a professor at Southwestern Law School from 2005 to 2011, where he taught courses on tax and aviation law and was the director of its summer abroad program in London in which he taught International Entertainment Law. He was the chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Entertainment & Sports Industries from 2007 to 2009.
He is the author of Taxation of Entertainers, Athletes, and Artists, published by the ABA in 2015, and the “Law of Ideas” chapter for Nimmer on Copyright. He also is the author of: International Copyright Law; International Entertainment Law (written with the late Donald Biederman); Professional Sports and the Law; and co-editor of the third edition of Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries. He has written chapters for several other books, including the “Entertainment Law” article in The Oxford Companion to American Law, the chapters on royalty accounting and soundtrack music for the music volume of Entertainment Industry Contracts and the chapter on the regulation of player agents in The Law of Professional and Amateur Sports. He has written many articles—some of which have been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and the California Supreme Court, and by federal circuit and district courts—on a wide variety of entertainment law topics, including idea protection, domestic and international copyright and labor and antitrust law.
He received a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1966, and a J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law in 1969.
From 1969 to 1982, he was in private law practice in Los Angeles, first as an associate with Loeb & Loeb and then as a partner in his own firm. In 1982 he joined the faculty of Loyola Law School where he taught courses on copyright, trademark, entertainment law and other subjects until 1997. He has been a visiting professor at UCLA School of Law, a lecturer at Boalt Hall School of Law and a distinguished scholar at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. He was also the editor and publisher of the Entertainment Law Reporter.