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, trademarks, patents, health care, 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, e-commerce, social and business entrepreneur and social network 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, digital, wireless, social media firms, ministries, estates and trusts associated with deceased creators, personal managers, celebrities, brands, authors, illustrators, graphic artists, inventors, merchandisers, infomercial marketers, banks, unions, trademark and domain name holders, TV and film personalities, and start-ups. 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, television, film and book publishing, 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.”
Mr. Wolf represented a friend in a matter last year before the New Orleans City Council. He did very good work and communicated properly and well with...Read more
Mr. Wolf represented a friend in a matter last year before the New Orleans City Council. He did very good work and communicated properly and well with all parties. I commend him for his skills and effort even though he was ultimately unsuccessful.
Mr. Cerise works hard and works smart. Expect excellent results without any wasted effort.Read more
Mr. Cerise works hard and works smart. Expect excellent results without any wasted effort.Read less
I've known Chris since college. He's bright, conscientious, and honest. I referred PI, a condo issue and got a recommendation on FL probate through hi...Read more
I've known Chris since college. He's bright, conscientious, and honest. I referred PI, a condo issue and got a recommendation on FL probate through him.
If he has a serious weakness, it is one that is almost like a parody of something a narcissist (not Chris - he's the kind of chap I'd like my teenaged daughter to marry - if one could look past the age difference of course) would say when asked his weakness during an interview. He avoids over-promising.
I contacted Mr Harwell to represent me in a landlord dispute. He wrote one letter of demand to my landlord, and when he received a counter demand, he...Read more
I contacted Mr Harwell to represent me in a landlord dispute. He wrote one letter of demand to my landlord, and when he received a counter demand, he immediately told me there would be no more pro bono work, this lawsuit would be expensive and time-consuming to litigate, and would not be worth it. I found him unprofessional and dismissive. I subsequently filed a counterclaim myself, and the landlord dropped their suit. I was totally unimpressed with Mr Harwell, and would recommend against him.Read less
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We used the office in Baton Rouge, they were very helpful and friendly.Read more