THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED THE SPEAKER SERIES WITH DINA LAPOLT!  TOGETHER WE WERE ABLE TO RAISE OVER $31,000 IN SUPPORT OF A CURE FOR CANCER, DIABETES, HIV/AIDS AND OTHER LIFE-THREATENING DISEASES.

 
MFEI Speaker Series with Dina Lapolt | City of Hope
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Dina LaPolt

Dina LaPolt is a top music attorney who owns her own law firm representing numerous high-profile artists. Dina is an expert at strategizing and solving complex and sophisticated legal and business issues relating to contracts, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and litigation. She is also intimately involved in legislative advocacy on behalf of music creators, serving as the attorney advisor to the Songwriters of North America (SONA), an organization she helped co-found, and as one of the advisors to the GRAMMY Creators Alliance.
 
Most recently, Dina was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for her role in spearheading the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, a copyright bill which was signed into law on October 11, 2018. This marks just another honor in her illustrious career championing for the rights of songwriters and creators – a career highlighted by the orchestration of SONA’s lawsuit against the Department of Justice for its 100% licensing mandate and resulting in the DOJ halting its assertions and ultimately deciding not to pursue its claims. Dina even presented a TED Talk on the importance of standing up for songwriters.
 
For the 18th consecutive year, Dina taught her UCLA Extension class, “Legal and Practical Aspects of the Music Business.” Billboard called the class an “industry must-attend” and a “breeding ground for some of the music industry's best and brightest.”
 
Dina has been honored with numerous industry accolades including Billboard’s Power 100, Women in Music, and Music’s Most Powerful Attorneys; the Hollywood Reporter’s Top Music Business Attorneys; and Variety’s Legal Impact Report and Women’s Impact Report. Notably, Dina earned recognition for her work on the MMA as MIDEM’s as 2018 Top Lawyer, one the 2018 Executives of the Year for
Billboard’s Women in Music, and the Recording Academy’s 2019 Entertainment Law Initiative’s Service Award recipient.
 
About the Firm
LaPolt Law, P.C. is a boutique law firm specializing in intellectual property and entertainment law. Our attorneys address the needs of clients, both domestically and internationally and offer a broad array of experience in music and the arts. LaPolt Law focuses on personalized service, quick response time, and a creative billing practice that always considers the objective of the client and the results that need to be achieved.
 
The business mission of LaPolt Law is to create a reputable, artistic, resourceful, and dynamic law firm that is focused on assisting our clients in running their entertainment related businesses as well as being a conduit, on their behalf, to the entertainment industry at large.
 
The attorneys and staff at LaPolt Law enjoy a stimulating and creative environment that, combined with passion for music and the arts, result in long lasting and beneficial business relationships with our clients. Our flexible approach to representing our clients enables us to create quality solutions and profitable business opportunities that are mutually beneficial to all.
Both professional and relaxed, the creative culture of LaPolt Law strives to embrace all its members equally. There is an inherent understanding of each person's role and contribution within the firm. Respect for the different experiences of each member is paramount to the firm's ability to be of service to a diverse client roster. The firm encourages all its members to step forward with new ideas so that the firm can stand out among the rest.
 

Danielle Price

Danielle Price is an entertainment and intellectual property attorney specializing in music. Danielle is currently an associate at the boutique transactional entertainment law firm, LaPolt Law, P.C. where she oversees the firm’s urban and black music division.
 
At LaPolt Law, P.C., Danielle negotiates and drafts various agreements relating to the music business, including recording and publishing agreements; featured artist, producer and songwriter agreements; sponsorship, endorsement and merchandising agreements; live touring and personal appearance agreements; rights clearance agreements for film and television; and executive employment agreements. Danielle also negotiates brand deals relating to new media and social media influencers and supports outside counsel with respect to trademark, criminal, immigration, and litigation matters.
 
Danielle began her career as an attorney in the Legal Affairs department of Warner Music Group where she handled matters of content protection and pursued claims of copyright and trademark infringement. Prior to WMG, Danielle worked in the Business and Legal Affairs departments of The Walt Disney Studios and Rhino Entertainment. Danielle earned her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.
 

Past Speaker Series Guests and Moderators

Guest: Don Passman
Moderator: Benji and Joel Madden
 
Guest: Jody Gerson
Moderator: Taylor Testa
 
Guest: Gary Gersh
Moderator: Marc Cimino
 
Guest: Shep Gordon
Moderator: Aaron Rosenberg