Entertainment and Sports

Representative Experience

  • Represented entertainment production company, Halftime Live, with all legal needs, including formation, private placement fundraising and negotiation of various entertainment-related contracts, including talent agreements, agency agreements and reality television show production agreement
  • Counseled client in the television industry regarding trademarks, copyrights, and brand protection.
  • Serving as general copyright, intellectual property, licensing and contract counsel to a Grammy Award-winning independent record label.
  • Represented sports agent in connection with separation of employment with sports agency and related restrictive covenant dispute.
  • Represented Atlanta-based puppet theatre, Center for Puppetry Arts, in clearing rights in and to copyright-protected musical works for use in various original puppet shows created by and performed at the theatre.
  • Assisted client in the acquisition of sports league franchise system and thereafter provided legal counsel on franchise regulatory and contract issues.
  • Represented the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Inc. in connection with global immigration matters, processing thousands of visas in the areas of broadcasting, IT, culture and the arts, and athletics.
  • Counsel to independent film production companies and filmmakers.
  • Represent talent in connection with story, likeness, and talent agreements.
  • Represented Grammy-winning archival record label in licensing of historical sound recordings, artwork and related materials from major label for inclusion in book and CD box set and digital release.
  • We manage a majority of client’s US trademark filings, including for LUDA and DISTURBING THA PEACE. We also advise the client on an ongoing basis on trademark infringement disputes. We recently resolved litigation concerning a claim by a pro se plaintiff that the client copied and is infringing on the plaintiff’s DISTURB THE PEACE mark. We prevailed on summary judgment at the district court level, which was affirmed on appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (2017 WL 2954398).