Industry-Specific Expertise

Media and Entertainment

Bona law is uniquely situated to handle antitrust and competition matters arising in the media and entertainment industries. More specifically, Steven Madoff spent most of his career advising and representing clients in the media and entertainment fields.  Steve developed this experience at large law firms and as in-house counsel at major studios and television networks. Steve was the former Executive Vice President of Worldwide Business & Legal Affairs for Paramount Pictures’ Pay Television, Home Entertainment and Digital Media divisions. He spent twenty years at Paramount, handling their antitrust and competition matters, supervising their litigation, and leading their transactional matters (joint ventures, cable channel launches and operations, and domestic and international long-term television and digital media output deals. In addition to his work at Paramount—and before that as international counsel to the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.—Steve represented other major entertainment companies on various matters, including profit-participation disputes, digital media issues, and copyright law. Steve also offers expert services for matters in the Media and Entertainment industry.

In addition to antitrust and competition issues in the media and entertainment industries, Bona law attorneys also handle trial court and appellate litigation matters involving First Amendment law, copyright, anti-piracy, internet, idea origination, defamation, right of publicity and privacy, talent contracts and profit participation disputes. We also handle all aspects of transactional contract matters (i.e., development, drafting, negotiating, clearance and administration) for domestic and international motion picture, television and digital media production, acquisition, financing, distribution, licensing, hosting and joint venture agreements.


Another of our partners, Steve Cernak, served as in-house antitrust attorney at General Motors for more than 20 years, ultimately responsible for global antitrust compliance, merger reviews and litigation. As a result, Steve has experience tackling the toughest antitrust issues, and explaining them to everyone in an organization from the CEO to workers in the factories.


Pat Pascarella served as chief in-house antitrust counsel to SBC and AT&T for twelve years.  Prior to that he was a member of the Department of Justice Telecommunications Task Force.  Since then, Pat has represented numerous clients in the telecommunications and related industries including Ericsson, America Movil, TracFone, and AT&T.    

Food and Agriculture 

Aaron Gott served as general counsel to a regional ice cream company and has represented and advised food manufacturers and farm cooperatives in antitrust and competition matters involving antitrust class actions, the Lanham Act, antitrust compliance, and farm cooperative exemptions under the Capper-Volstead Act and state laws.