Carlianna Dengel - Romano Law

Carlianna Dengel

Associate Attorney

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New York


Law School

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, J.D.

Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University, LL.M.


S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University



As an associate attorney at Romano Law, Carlianna primarily focuses on legal issues existing within the entertainment industry, including contractual disputes and intellectual property issues.  Before joining Romano Law, Carlianna was an associate attorney at Furgang & Adwar, LLP in New York and specialized in trademark law and entertainment law. 


Carlianna holds a J.D. from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where she was an editor and contributing writer for the newspaper, Hearsay.  Most recently, Carlianna earned an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University, where she served as LL.M. Ambassador for the Cardozo Fashion Law Society.  She is admitted to practice in both New York and California and holds a CIPP/US license in data privacy. 


Prior to law school, Carlianna worked in the live music industry and in advertising.  She attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University in her hometown of Syracuse, NY. 


In her free time, Carlianna enjoys baking pastries, weightlifting, traveling for live music and designing jewelry.

Blog Entries

  • You’re Covered: When to Obtain a Compulsory Mechanical License

    Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower,” Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” are among the most famous covers to have ever hit the airwaves.  Performing another musician’s work is a unique way to pay tribute to an artist while putting your own spin on a song you love.  If there is a

  • Life Rights Agreements – What You Need To Know

    Updated: May 24, 2022 You are a creative person who has found out about someone with a compelling story and you’d like to develop a book, TV show or film based on his or her life.  But in the middle of your excitement and creative rush, it hits you: “Maybe I need to get permission

  • Employee Protections in California: Whistleblowers and Retaliation

    Many states protect “whistleblowers” who report illegal conduct by employers, in an effort to encourage employees to speak up.  California, like New York and Florida, shields whistleblowers from retaliation under several state laws.  These statutes also allow employees to sue an employer and recover significant damages as a reward for providing information on unlawful activities.  Employers

  • Cover(ed) Band: How Performers and Venues Can Protect Against Copyright Infringement

    Updated: June 2, 2022 How can performers and venues hosting live cover music make sure they’re protected against copyright infringement? The short answer?  Most venues pay for public performance licenses from ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and/or GMR.  Bands performing live music, and the venues that host them, are sometimes unaware of the risks involved with not

  • Mariah on the Copyright Naughty List?  Not So Fast…

    As has been reported all over the media, Mariah Carey has been sued for copyright infringement over her Christmas chestnut, “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”  The plaintiff, songwriter Andy Stone, claims he wrote a song with the same title in 1989 that had “extensive airplay” in 1993, the year before Carey’s seasonal evergreen

  • What are the Dangers of Filing for a Trademark Without the Aid of an Attorney?

    Updated: June 24, 2022 When you decide to start a new business, one of the first steps is choosing its name, logo and slogan to serve as identifiers that will distinguish it from competitors.  These valuable, intangible assets make up your brand identity and it is essential to protect them.  Registering things like a brand

  • Appreciation or Appropriation?  Possible Copyright Infringement by the Hands of Tattoo Artist Kat Von D

    Tattoos are a form of self-expression and a visible assertion of body autonomy.  Many people seek certain tattoos for their relevance and connection to important pop-culture moments, like a celebrity portrait, character or inside joke from a TV show.  However, this concept may create trouble for tattoo artists who, in the process of fulfilling their