Attorney at Law

Arts & Entertainment Experience

450 Route 25A, Number 706
East Setauket NY 11733
Phone: 631-675-1139
Fax: 631-883-1064

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Ms. Berman’s arts, culture, and entertainment clients include individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations with local, regional, national and international concerns.

Ms. Berman graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Berman was an arts editor and a freelance music critic for Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, New York Newsday, City Limits (UK) and The New York Times, among many others in New York and London, and a folk music DJ on NY-area alternative radio station WFMU. She's contributed music journalism chapters to Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap, to Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock, and to Not Necessarily the New Age, as well as liner notes for enough folk and pop albums to join the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and to vote in the Grammys.(See Ms. Berman's voting record in the Grammys and other awards.) Ms. Berman continues to write about music for local and national publications as circumstances allow.

Ms. Berman’s interest in folk music began in the mid-1960s “folk scare” when she learned “Rock Island Line” from a summer camp jug band, and studied guitar with Sonny Ochs (with whom she later collaborated on the Phil Ochs Songwriters’ Workshops, a program of seminars on the folk music business for fledgling performers). She went on to volunteer at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Fox Hollow Folk Festival, the Mariposa Folk Festival, and others, which segued into professional work as a producer, director, publicist and consultant for coffeehouses, clubs, arts and politics benefit concerts, the Long Island Jewish Arts Festival, the Jewish Ethnic Music Festival, and the Great Hudson River Revival.

Ms. Berman worked for Tomato Records as a publicity assistant during its first incarnation, and as a grants writer for a fundraising consulting firm whose clients included the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease (which became the Huntington's Disease Society of America). In 1984, Ms. Berman and English folksinger Heather Wood formed a partnership to publish the Grass Roots International Folk Resource Directory (which ran to three editions).

Ms. Berman is an active board member of numerous arts, professional, and social change organizations in North America and Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is past president of the International Folk Music and Dance Alliance, co-founder and president of the Music Museum of Southwest Louisiana, co-founder and past vice-president of the Lake Charles Public Radio Association (which regained access to national public radio after two stations serving Lake Charles were bumped by the Christian right’s American Family Radio network), and past president and board member of Camp Fire Southwest Louisiana Council.

Further details on Leslie Berman's extensive careers in law and music may be found in her resumé (pdf format).

© Leslie Berman 1993 – 2015