Entertainment

Housed on historic Music Row in a quaint three-story house where the dress code for the lawyers matches the dress code of the clients, the members of the Adams and Reese Entertainment and New Media Team passionately dedicate ourselves to meeting the challenges and achieving the goals of our diversified clients through sound practical advice based on years of results-driven experience.

Although we are a boutique team, which keeps us nimble, accountable and able to customize our work for each client, we serve clients on a national and international basis. We have the best of both worlds, allowing us to draw upon the other practice teams at Adams and Reese to assist clients with matters such as litigation, labor law, business law, domestic and international trademarks, patents, healthcare, taxes, and estate planning. Our aims are to be invaluable members of our clients’ team, to bring new and exciting opportunities to our clients and to serve our clients in the manner we would like to be served.

Our Attorneys

Our lawyers boast over 75 years of combined experience and strength in both the law and the business of entertainment.  We concentrate our work in the growing and ever-changing entertainment, intellectual property, new media, multimedia and e-commerce practice areas. We all became lawyers to make a positive difference in our clients’ lives.

Core Practice and Clients

Representative clients include songwriters, music publishers, recording artists, producers, creators of other works, online companies, ministries, estates and trusts associated with deceased creators, personal managers, celebrities, brands, authors, illustrators, graphic artists, inventors, merchandisers, infomercial marketers, banks and unions, and trademark and domain name holders. We will help our clients with any legal or business issue, but our main areas of practice include:

Contract Preparation/Negotiation: including not only the transactional and business details associated with recording, music publishing, merchandising, personal management, touring, endorsement, sponsorship, producer and talent agreements, but also the highly specialized protection needed for intellectual property rights and compensation for our clients’ services and products.

Intellectual Property Protection/Advocacy: including all aspects of licensing, the protection of domestic and international patents, trademarks and copyrights and the comprehensive enforcement of rights to such intellectual property throughout current and new technology marketplaces as well as pursuing legislative or judicial resolutions for unique intellectual property issues.

Intellectual Property Asset Valuation/Management: representing and coordinating valuations of intellectual property Assets for banks, estates, sales, online businesses as well as negotiating  the purchase and sale of these assets.

Business Advice: ongoing general counsel on legislative matters, intellectual property compliance and corporate and asset strategies, including band agreements, partnership matters, joint ventures, and investments.

Marketing Opportunities: including the naming of companies, introduction of industry personnel and investment opportunities to clients, and providing of marketing ideas and strategies.

Representative Matters:

  • Licensing, clearance and maintenance of the business and technical aspects of one of the world’s largest digital music service providers.
  • Licensing and clearance of 1000s of songs and masters for a national restaurant chain music compilation business.
  • Highly specialized advice associated with the recapture of Unid States and Canadian copyrights, allocation of post-recapture monies and administration of new rights.
  • General business, marketing and legal counsel in connection with one of the world’s largest music distributors.
  • Drafting, negotiation and counsel in connection with multiple one-of-a-kind deals between recording artists/songwriters and record labels, investors and on-the-cusp music businesses for the exploitation of works and brand development and marketing.
  • IP protection in connection with roll out of worldwide perfume product on behalf of legacy artist brand.
  • Handling matters associated with internationally-acclaimed evangelical ministries related to production of DVDs and other products.
  • Negotiating film production agreements for a reality television show.
  • Negotiating agreements for the acquisition of life-story rights for several television motion pictures.
  • Production agreements for and licensing of rights in connection with an Australian animated television and DVD series.
  • Full representation of all aspects of the production and protection of and international licensing of a New York Times award winning educational curriculum.
  • Negotiation of employment contracts for key executives in highly compensated music industry positions.
  • Celebrity endorsement deal for roll out of new infant “green” laundry and cleaning products.

Our team believes strongly in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s definition of success: “To laugh often, and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a redeemed social condition, or a job well done; to know even one other life has breathed because you lived ... this is to have succeeded.” 

We also agree whole-heartedly with his definition of a good lawyer: “The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.”

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Diversity

Diversity is not new at Adams and Reese and is not the work of one individual or committee, but rather the work of our entire firm.  Through dedication, creativity, hard work and leadership of many culturally diverse individuals coming together, our diversity momentum grows stronger every year. Our appreciation of the unique differences among us and how we benefit from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our attorneys, advisors and staff enhances our service to our clients while it enriches the lives of both our employees and the communities in which we work and live. 

The Adams and Reese Diversity Committee is comprised of Deborah Rouen, Partner and Diversity Committee Chairwoman,  the Recruiting Partner, the Partner for Associates, an Executive Committee Appointee, three Practice Group Leaders, the Chief Marketing Officer and additional representatives throughout the firm's footprint.

Our minority attorney committee also meets regularly with the firm’s Diversity Chairwoman to further develop and promote diversity through events targeted to other minority attorneys, clients and community members. This committee has successfully held numerous minority receptions and events in conjunction with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Bayou Classic and the Essence Music Festival, as well as sponsorships including the Urban League, Diversity Summits, Black Business Networks, Minority Bar Association events, National Minority AIDS Council efforts, as well as endowed professorships and scholarships at historically black universities.

Adams and Reese women and minorities lead by example and share in the leadership of our firm. We are also proud of our women and minority attorneys serving in leadership positions in professional, civic and philanthropic organizations.

Recent Diversity Honors

Adams and Reese is proud of our diversity recognitions made possible through the hard work, dedication and commitment within the firm:
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 200 Law Firms for Women Equity Partners
    American Lawyer Media 2012
  • Diversity Award - Unity Award in Large Company Category
    Biz941 Magazine 2012
  • Diversity Award - Corporate Counsel Women of Color Diversity Award of Excellence
    Corporate Counsel Women of Color® 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commitment to Diversity Award
    Human Resources Management Association 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commendation of Diversity Principles
    Louisiana State Bar Association 2010
  • Diversity Recognition - Diversity Scorecard - Among top 200 law firms in diversity
    Minority Law Journal 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, Finalist Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2009, 2007
  • Diversity Recognition - Women in Law Firms - Nationally ranked among nation's best law firms for women
    American Lawyer Magazine 2009
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, First Place Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity
    MultiCultural Law Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Women
    Women 3.0 Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Award - Lighthouse Award - Fostering diversity in the legal profession
    International Paper Legal Department 2006

Events and Sponsorships

Adams and Reese is proud to host, sponsor, partner and participate in numerous diversity initiatives:
  • ABA Minority Counsel Program
  • ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee's "Women in Products Liability"
  • Bayou Classic
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color® Annual Career Strategies Conference
  • Endowed Professorships and Scholarships at Historically Black Universities
  • Essence Music Festival
  • GE Midwestern Diversity Conference
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Annual Job Fair – Loyola University
  • Loyola University College of Law Diversity Programs
  • Martinet Scholarship Gala
  • Mobile United Ethics and Diversity Seminar
  • National Association of Women Judges Annual Conference
  • National Bar Association National Convention
  • National Black Law Student Association Convention
  • National Directory of Minority Attorney
  • National Minority AIDS Council
  • National Urban League Conference
  • National Women’s Law Center Annual Awards
  • National Women’s Leadership Council
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • Power Ties
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair
  • SunBelt Minority Job Fair
  • Vault/MCCA
  • Women of the Year, New Orleans CityBusiness

 

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