Nicholas C. Ferrara – Partner

Since his undergraduate days at New York University in the early 1980’s, Nicholas Ferrara has been actively involved in the music industry. Nick cites fellow NYU classmate Jason Flom (founder of Lava Records and former CEO of Atlantic Records) as being instrumental in Nick’s initial entrée into the business.

After earning his Juris Doctor from Fordham Law School in 1986, Nick practiced entertainment law and corporate litigation for three years. On the strength of relationships dating back to his college days, in 1989, Nick joined Atlantic Record’s A&R staff. In 1992, Nick partnered with Joseph Lloyd Serling and Wayne Rooks in the new firm of Serling Rooks & Ferrara LLP. Over the next two decades, the firm grew in both size and stature becoming one of the industry’s most prominent full service music business law firms.

In 2014, Nick relocated his practice to Nashville, Tennessee. Eager to embrace new challenges, in 2015 Nick and Robert “Riff” Pisarek founded Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates PLLC.

Robert “Riff” Pisarek – Partner

A founding member of heavy metal icons “Overkill,” lead guitarist “Riff Thunder” dramatically altered his career path by trading in his Marshall stacks for stacks of case books and legal documents.

Recipient of a Paul W. Wildman Academic Scholarship, Robert attended Los Angeles’ Southwestern University School of Law, where his academic accomplishments earned him a seat on Law Review and a Dean’s Academic Scholarship, as well as two American Jurisprudence Awards.

Following his admittance to the California State Bar in 1992, Robert established his own entertainment law practice in Los Angeles.  In 1997, he joined the Business & Legal Affairs Department of Relativity Records and its then-sister company RED Distribution.  Subsequently, Robert was lured away by the offer to head up the Legal Department of Rawkus Records.  Following the absorption of Rawkus into the Universal Music Group, Robert re-joined RED’s legal division.  In early 2006, Robert accepted an offer to join the highly respected entertainment law firm Serling Rooks Ferrara McKoy & Worob, LLP.

In 2015, Robert became a founding partner in Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates PLLC.  For over two decades, Robert has been drawing upon his diverse legal background in his representation of recording artists, producers, record companies, music publishers, songwriters, personal managers, production companies and other entities and individuals in the entertainment industry.

Sarah Beth Gerlecz

Sarah Beth’s lifelong love of music and performance led her to attend Belmont University in Nashville, TN where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Business.

After earning her undergraduate degree, Sarah Beth went on to work with the Nashville Songwriters Association International where she assisted with advocacy trips to Washington D.C. in support of the rights of music creators. This experience cultivated in her a passion for protecting the creative works of songwriters and artists and ultimately led her to pursue a career in Entertainment Law. Sarah Beth subsequently earned her Juris Doctorate from Belmont University College of Law where she was awarded the Bruin Scholarship for academic achievement.

While in law school, Sarah Beth worked as an A&R Coordinator for Disney Music Group Nashville, gaining invaluable experience in the administrative, creative and legal aspects of music publishing. Sarah Beth was also a member of the Belmont University Board of Advocates and participated in the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.