Ronald S. “Ron” Bienstock, attorney and musician, joined Scarinci Hollenbeck after running his successful boutique entertainment, litigation and intellectual property law firm, Bienstock & Michael, LLC for 30 years. A full-service corporate, entertainment, and intellectual property practitioner, he represents both businesses and individuals. He handles all aspects of complex intellectual property and entertainment transactions including drafting, structuring, and negotiating contracts and licenses for a variety of high-profile clients, many of whom are noted musicians, recording artists, producers and well-known corporations. Recognized nationally as one of the most influential lawyers in the music business, among his many landmark wins was an unprecedented victory against Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Representing 17 guitar manufacturers in the trademark opposition proceeding against Fender, Ron successfully argued that Fender should not be allowed trademark registrations to three guitar and bass body shapes. (See link to full text of the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeals Board decision under “Representative Matters”).
Ron’s many clients include Shawn Patterson, JHS, Bent Knee, Living Colour, Leslie West / Mountain, Simple Plan, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Dream Theater, Ryche Chandra and Flying Dreams, EMG, Beth Hart, Collings, Dean, Sadowsky, ESP, Peavey, Washburn, Michael Tobias Design, Stuart Spector Design, DiMarzio, Kala, Harris Teller, The Musician Network, Lokai, Fishman, Aguilar, Cannonball, Kyser, Guild, Barett Strong, Daisy Rock, Schecter, Telefunken, and many others.
Ron was editor-in-chief and publisher of International Musician & Recording World Magazine and General Counsel to Hoshino, U.S.A. (manufacturer of Ibanez Guitars, Ibanez Electronics, and Tama drums).