Joseph Rust CPA, CFP

Partner | Los Angeles

Professional Experience

Joseph Rust is a Partner in the Advisory Services Department of Prager Metis CPAs, LLC, a member of Prager Metis International Group. He also serves as Regional Managing Partner – California.  He has been practicing since 1984.

Joseph has an expertise is several areas of the entertainment field working on behalf of recording artists, songwriters, music publishers, and entertainers, as well as executives. His specialties include royalty and profit participation examinations, copyright and intellectual property valuations, financial due diligence, licensing examinations, and business management.

Joseph takes great pride in providing high-value service to his clients including acting in a strategic planning role for his business management clients and as an advocate for his royalty and profit participation clients. Over several decades of experience coupled with the use of technology, Joseph and his team have created a unique process of recovering royalties and providing services to clients which most often benefits the client enormously.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Carl Terzian Networking Group
  • Westside Business Managers Discussion Group
  • ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

Civic Affiliations

  • Torrance Sister City Association-Board Member
  • University of La Verne-College of Business and Public Management-Advisory Board Member


  • BA, economics, Rutgers University, New Jersey
  • College for Financial Planning

Awards & Honors

Joseph Rust Named Business Managers Elite 2016 by Variety Magazine

Presentations & Articles

The New-York Historical Society's Planned Giving Advisory Council panel entitled "From Neverland Ranch to Paisley Park: Lessons from the Estates of Michael Jackson and Prince". - Nov 30, 2016

National Association of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP) event - "Neighboring Rights: How to Collect This Fast-Growing Source of Revenue" - November 18, 2014