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Salary range: $125,000 to $200,000
Willing to relocate: No
Years of related job experience: 28
Highest degree earned: Masters of Law (LL.M) (pending)
American Jurisprudence Award for finishing 1st in Class for Legal Research and Writing.
Languages: English
Software: MS Word; Excel; Powerpoint; PClaw.
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Candidate Code: aeda4e

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Uniquely experienced intellectual property/business attorney providing counsel across a variety of complex variables and interests, adept at maintaining long term client relationships as well as managing people and situations from an in-house role. Currently pursing Masters of Law (LL.M) from University of Alabama School of Law (distance learning).

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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Location: Franklin, TN
Job title: Attorney
Years and months employed: 22 Year(s)
Responsibilities: •Counsels recording artists and music industry corporations with respect to a variety of entertainment-related matters, including management and recording relationships. •Reviews, organizes, and analyzes recording, licensing, and assignment contracts. •Provides legal research and analysis of royalty, publishing, and administrative rights and issues, including third-party rights issues, and oversees catalog royalty compliance. •Drafts and negotiates various agreements, including recording agreements, endorsement and co-branding agreements, publishing agreements, and talent and management agreements. •Provides legal research and writing of Arbitration briefs and related documents, as well as Cease and Desist letters regarding trademark, service mark, and trade name infringement, dilution, and unfair competition. •Possesses a strong understanding of the components of marketing strategies and the process of product design, development, packaging and promotion. •Leverages technological knowledge to achieve business objectives; resolves technological issues impeding work; adapts technological information, facts, and/or data to varying situations or groups; recommends changes to technological approach based upon knowledge of trends and best practices. •Ability to draft, review, and negotiate a wide range of commercial agreements, including, but not limited to, complex content acquisition and distribution agreements, services and other agreements for cable, broadcast, Internet and advanced broadband products and services. •Provides legal advice to company executives on day to day licensing and content matters, including licensing and regulatory issues that relate to traditional cable offerings, new media products, and other distribution and content offerings. •Develops, executes and manages organizational selection and filings, and drafts and negotiates (with strategic alliance partners, investors, advertisers and purchasers) technology licensing and strategic alliance transactions in furtherance of company objectives. •Selects, retains and monitors all outside counsel who represent the company. •Manages the use of outside lawyers, reviews each transaction with regard to complexity and potential assignments. •Assigns outside legal counsel to tasks, based on the law firm’s capabilities and billing, in order to maximize quality and minimize costs. •Develops legal budgets with assistance of business unit leaders. Approves and manages legal services expenditures across department lines. •Obtains job estimates for each deal from the law firm. •Tracks actual billings against the estimates to manage any potential cost overruns. •Oversees and directs outside counsel in the management of litigation. •Negotiates, supervises and recommends strategy for resolving litigation matters. •Reports to Senior Management on the status of ongoing litigation. •Assesses company’s exposure to contingent liabilities associated with pending or threatened litigation, and recommends establishment of reserves, as appropriate.

Organization: Benson Music Group
Location: Nashville, TN
Job title: Director of Legal and Business Affairs
Years and months employed: 7 Year(s)
Responsibilities: Supervised staff of seven in the Copyright and Licensing Department, which managed a music publishing, catalog of over 40,000 songs. Responsibilities included overseeing the preparation of financial reports, developing budgets, and performing variance analysis in accordance with business plan. Negotiated, reviewed and/or drafted all of the agreements used by the company. Reported to and advised the President on a variety of corporate issues. Worked extensively with the print music and record label divisions of the company.

EDUCATION

Institution Name: University of Alabama School of Law
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Degree earned: Masters of Law (LL.M) (pending)
Major/Concentration: Business Transactions

Institution Name: Nashville School of Law
Location: Nashville, TN
Degree earned: Doctor of Jurisprudence
Major/Concentration: law
Year Graduated: 1994

 



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