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 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.
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.”
5.0/5.0 Review for Mr. Raymond P. Ward by a Other Law Firm Position on 06/30/14 in Appellate Practice
Ray is a superb attorney with insight and superior analytical skills, but is also a true gentlemen in a practice that has, over the past couple of decades, lost a great deal of the necessary human element and interaction that historically set attorne... Read moreRead more
Ray is a superb attorney with insight and superior analytical skills, but is also a true gentlemen in a practice that has, over the past couple of decades, lost a great deal of the necessary human element and interaction that historically set attorneys apart. Ray is a refreshing return to old (and cherished) values. Read lessRead less
5.0/5.0 Review for Mr. Andrew Brent Freeman by a Associate on 09/24/13 in Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
Andy provides thoughtful and innovative solutions to each client's needs.