Sports and Entertainment Law
In the sports and entertainment industry, safeguarding your rights can be confusing and requires careful preparation, but it is essential for success. From music agreements to film rights, performance contracts, and endorsements, the entertainment lawyers at Sommer Law Group help clients capitalize on their talents, products, and services. With years of experience and expertise representing clients both local and worldwide, our attorneys have the knowledge and skill required to protect and enhance your rights as an author, artist, athlete, musician, filmmaker, actor, dancer, producer – anyone involved in the sports and entertainment industry. We passionately represent clients in the sports and entertainment industry seeking results in the greatest and quickest way possible.
At Sommer Law Group, we are dedicated to protecting your most valuable assets: the words, images, and ideas that you have produced. Our lawyers take a very hands-on approach in order to provide the personal attention, innovative solutions, flexible terms, and turn-around you deserve. Whether you are new to the industry or looking to jump to a new level of success, our attorneys offer honest and professional representation designed to produce results.
What We Do
Our services are as varied as the clients we represent. Clients seeking sports and entertainment law expertise call on Sommer Law Group for representation in all types of areas and issues, including:
- Business Start-Up and Development
No matter how well you know your industry or how solid your relationships are within it, you should form a business entity in order to minimize the risks associated with performing in today's litigious business environment. We'll explain how properly formed business entities can help protect your personal assets from business-related liabilities associated with the transactions that are vital to success in your industry. We'll also advise you on the benefit of different business entities for achieving varying career objectives. A lawyer's advice can be crucial in ensuring that your business entity selection and formation decisions are customized to your current circumstances while maintaining flexibility for future growth.
We not only guide entertainers through the formalities of initial business entity formation, but we also continue to advise clients as the business grows. We can help ensure that your business structure continues to protect you when participants change, management challenges increase and financial opportunities grow more complex. Call us, and find out more about the ways business entity formation can help you at each stage of your growth in the industry.
- Accounting/Financial Management
Managing your finances can be stressful, overwhelming and confusing at times. At the Sommer Law Group, our lawyers can help plan, direct, monitor, organize, and control your monetary resources. We can advise and counsel entertainment lenders, borrowers, public and private investors and other providers and users of capital in the entertainment industry, including structuring, negotiating and documenting loans and other financial agreements for projects and products.
- Protecting and Licensing Your Intellectual Property
Innovation and imagination are two of the most important aspects of our culture. Everyday, new ideas are created and developed into successful talents, products and services. It is important to work with an experienced intellectual property attorney from the beginning of your creative ideas and innovative concepts in order to enhance their future value in the entertainment industry. Our lawyers advise and counsel our clients in the creation, registration, and protection of their intellectual property, titles, copyrights and trademarks. We will help you determine the best ways to structure, negotiate and document intellectual property transactions, product and content acquisitions and sales, copyright and trademark licenses, merchandising ventures and opportunities, publishing agreements, advertising, marketing, promotions and sponsorships.
Your intellectual property rights may well be your most valuable assets. If you don’t have the proper protections in place, others in the entertainment industry will be skeptical of doing business with you. We make sure you get the copyright and trademark protections you need, leaving you free to focus on building strong relationships and shopping your talent. We will also defend against any trademark infringements or unauthorized or prohibited use of your works under copyright so that you can maintain control over the products of your creativity and protect the profits resulting from those works.
- Sports and Entertainment Contracts
Has your talent been recognized with an offer of a sports or entertainment contract? The contract negotiation process is difficult even for seasoned veterans in the sports and entertainment industry, and when faced by a new-comer, contract negotiations can be a complex and confusing process. The necessity for an athlete or entertainer, especially a new one in the industry, to obtain the services of an experienced attorney to help with complex contract negotiations is a must. With the help of our entertainment lawyers, the benefits from a successful contract negotiation can literally last you a lifetime. Don’t make the mistake of unknowingly entering into an undesirable final contract or sealing your agreement with just a handshake. The results prove depressing and disastrous.
We help you maximize your creative opportunities by organizing, preparing and negotiating various sports and entertainment law contracts and adding terms that give you financial reward, creative control and greater exposure. We draft and negotiate:
- Production contracts
- Development contracts
- Media distribution agreements
- Recording agreements
- Performance contracts
- Entertainment representation agreements
- Sports representation agreements
- Royalty, licensing and publishing agreements
- Copyright and trademark registration
- Protection of intellectual property
- Financing agreements
- Entertainment business entity formation
We represent clients in all aspects of the entertainment industry:
- Independent Artists
- Studio Engineers
- Record Labels
Concerned About Legal Fees?
It’s true, lawyers can be costly. Along with our broad knowledge of the sports and entertainment industry, the Sommer Law Group knows that individuals and businesses alike are concerned about legal fees becoming unmanageable. That’s why we are committed to working out a financial agreement that is suitable for everyone involved. We can work hourly, on a percentage basis, or on a contingency fee basis, depending on the nature of your case and your personal preference. We also offer prepaid legal service packages and bundles designed to provide low-budget artists with access to lawyer-assisted services at a percentage of the cost of traditional legal assistance. Our lawyers meet with all clients in person to structure a sensible financial plan.
Looking for more comprehensive sports and entertainment talent representation? We offer additional sports and entertainment services through our subsidiary, SLG Entertainment.
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