Bret P. Siciliano

Siciliano Bret

As the chair of the West Coast Corporate Group, Bret Siciliano leads a multidisciplinary team that handles a wide range of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private placements, and joint ventures. Bret’s primary practice focuses on corporate transactions—specifically, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and strategic joint ventures. Bret regularly assists the firm's Real Estate Group, managing real estate transactions and commercial leasing deals. He is also a key member of the firm's top-tier Advertising and Marketing Law Group, overseeing transactional advertising matters, including endorsement contracts and licensing, distribution, and marketing agreements.

Bret is heavily involved in running the firm's Los Angeles office, where he sits on the office's hiring committee and helps coordinate its summer associate program. He is also a member of the firm's steering, audit, and legal opinions committees. As a longtime member of the Los Angeles office, Bret advises fellow attorneys on handling clients' business concerns and helps build the communal culture of the office.


Representative Matters

  • Advised on the sale of the domestic and international music booking divisions of a large talent agency
  • Represented a snack food company in the licensing of its products to the world's largest coffee chain
  • Represented a family-owned food products company in connection with a shareholders' agreement, settlement of multiple lawsuits, and corporate governance matters
  • Facilitated the acquisition of a 50% interest in a music talent agency in the United Kingdom
  • Advised an international toy company on U.S. corporate matters and in the acquisition of multiple real property assets nationwide
  • Drafted spokesperson and brand ambassador agreements for various consumer product companies and national retailers
  • Represented a preeminent Swiss boarding school in brand ambassador negotiations with an Olympic gold medal-winning skier
  • Prepared and negotiated agreements between clients and production companies related to the creation of infomercials, commercials, and marketing activities
  • Counseled on a Series A financing and incorporation of an e-commerce insurance solution provider
  • Represented a wireless services company in multiple agreements to provide enhanced wireless services to Class A properties
  • Assisted a charitable organization in the facilitation of its inaugural gala in Las Vegas
  • Advised on numerous real estate joint ventures on behalf of clients in California, Washington state, Minnesota, and Texas
  • Assisted clients with mergers and acquisitions, dissolutions, joint ventures, and licensing and distribution arrangements
  • Represented a 501(c)(3) PTO pro bono




  • J.D. University of Southern California, Gould School of Law 2004
    • Sports, Music and Entertainment Law Society
    • Harmon Killebrew Benevolent Society
  • B.S. Biological Anthropology University of California at Los Angeles 2000
    • Campus Ambassador
    • Order of Omega Honor Society

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Leads Venable’s involvement in the USC Law Firm Challenge; participant, USC Gould School of Law’s Mentor Lunch and Mock Interview Programs
  • Active in Venable’s recruiting efforts and frequently interviews candidates for summer associate and lateral attorney positions
  • Mentor, Venable’s summer associate program 
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association


Pro Bono

  • Serves local clients as part of Venable’s pro bono program