Daniel Stuart is a Los Angeles-based transactional music attorney with extensive experience representing clients in connection with recorded music, music publishing, concert tours, catalog acquisitions and contracts with minors. Mr. Stuart represents a broad range of entertainment companies, executives, recording artists, producers and songwriters. His clientele includes a long list of producers and writers who have contributed to chart-topping and Grammy-nominated records by such artists as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Usher, Maroon 5, Frank Ocean, Trey Songz, Kelly Clarkson, Tyrese and The Game.
For more than a decade, Mr. Stuart has been representing top-tier concert performers and their touring companies in connection with incredibly successful concert tours, negotiating all manner of agreements with promoters, venues, supporting acts, musicians, creative talent and the vendors that provide lighting, sound, staging, visual effects, pyrotechnics, travel and cargo shipping services.
Mr. Stuart has represented both buyers and sellers in connection with the transfer of over one billion dollars worth of compositions and sound recording catalogs. His representation of entertainers, songwriters and entertainment companies has included the negotiation and preparation of recording and production agreements, live performance agreements, Internet service agreements, and all manner of publishing agreements, producer agreements and management agreements.
Mr. Stuart has special expertise in the area of entertainment agreements for the services of minors. In 1999, he authored the first draft of California Senate Bill 1162, which, when passed, significantly amended the so-called "Coogan Law" to provide greater protections for children working in the sports and entertainment industries. (The current version of California's Coogan Law [California Family Code §§6750-6753] contains much of Mr. Stuart's original language.) Mr. Stuart routinely secures Court Approval of contracts for the services of minors on behalf of his clients.
Prior to his career in law, Mr. Stuart spent several years as a print and broadcast journalist during which he coanchored KPCC's "Evening Edition" newscast with Larry Mantle and interviewed hundreds of artists, performers and executives for a variety of consumer and trade magazines including Billboard. Mr. Stuart also served as the managing editor and head writer of the award-winning weekly urban infotainment program "RadioScope," authored the critically acclaimed nationally broadcast radio special "Marvin Gaye: We Miss You" and created "The Hip Hop Countdown and Report," the first nationally syndicated radio program devoted exclusively to hip-hop music.
Mr. Stuart has been featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and KPCC's "AirTalk with Larry Mantle" and has been interviewed by Billboard magazine and The Daily Journal in Los Angeles.
"Children as Chattels: The Disturbing Plight of Child Performers," Beverly Hills Bar Association, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Fall 1997).
"Analysis of a Recording Contract," a chapter in The Musician's Business and Legal Guide (4th and 5th editions).
Honors & Awards
American Jurisprudence Bancroft-Whitney Award: Trial Advocacy (1996)
Memberships & Activities
American Bar Association.
Beverly Hills Bar Association (former co-chair of the Entertainment Section's legislative committee).