Roger Sherman, an entertainment attorney and senior partner of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, died suddenly of undisclosed causes on Sept. 13 in Los Angeles. He was 68.
During a career that spanned four decades, Sherman represented and advised producers, directors, writers, actors, production companies, distributors and financiers in all aspects of their business in the entertainment field.
Sherman’s client roster included Norman Jewison, James Burrows, Marlon Brando, Jack Lemmon, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, Comic Relief, Imax, Allance/Atlantis Communications and Caesar’s Palace.
He served as a board of trustees member of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and as its president in 1992-1993. He was a member of the Entertainment Section of the Los Angeles, Century City and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and the American Bar Assn.’s Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports industries.
Born and reared in New York, Sherman received his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale U. and graduated from Yale Law School in 1959.
The following year he joined the Beverly Hills entertainment law firm of Kaplan, Livingston, Goodwin, Berkowitz & Selvin, where he was a partner. He later continued his career as a partner of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife, Sally, his father, Irving, four children and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Sherman’s name be made to either the Horace Mann School in New York or the Tree People Foundation in Los Angeles.