Holy smokes – The Seay Firm has been in business for five years (well, five years this November). A lot has changed in that time. I mean, I have less hair for one. There’s really so many people who played a big role in helping me to succeed. I’d like to list them all here, but I don’t want to embarrass or forget anyone. Thanks not only to them, but also to my hundreds (yes, hundreds) of clients over the past five years. There is not a single other job I’d rather have than the one I have right now.
Now, for some updates. It has been a busy year.
I Got Selected!
First, I’m very happy to announce that I was recently selected as an Officer of the State Bar of Georgia Entertainment & Sports Law Section. My title is “Member at Large, Entertainment,” which I’m hoping isn’t some sort of joke about my weight. In all seriousness, this is an organization I’ve wanted to be a part of for awhile.
I decided to try my hand at an article for musicians, complete with definitions, some history and, crucially, a simplified flowchart of sorts to help artists collect royalties. You can read the full article on my website, or view it as it was presented on ImmersiveATL. Oh, and in each March I did a piece for ArtsATL on record deals. My most “successful” (i.e., most viewed) blog post this year was on how to start a record label, which, yes, is something I still get asked. You can read that one here.
I’ve been asked to speak at a few events this year, most notably at the AJC Decatur Book Festival and, earlier this week, at Americana Fest. I’m also hoping to be asked back to SXSW as a speaker on a panel (I was a SXSW mentor last year, which was also cool). You can read about and vote for my proposed SXSW panel here.
Earlier this year I sponsored an in-store at Criminal Records, which was really fun. Small Reactions and Dot.s both played (check out their music – two of my favorite local bands). I was also a sponsor of this year’s Record Label Fest.
I Got Recognized!
As some of you may recall, last year I was named a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star. I’m not supposed to say anything yet, but if you click on that link, you’ll see that another year of rising stardom may have been added. But you didn’t hear that from me. I’m still also rated 10 on Avvo. If you feel like it and I’ve done some legal work for you, then please consider ranking me on Google, which you can do here.
I Practiced Law!
Yes, I still do 100% entertainment, intellectual property, and creative small business law. If you or anyone you know is in need of any legal counsel in the fields of music, film, television, intellectual property (copyrights and trademarks), creative small business, or other related fields, please reach out. I’d be happy to help. My firm is also still Of Counsel in the Entertainment & Media Practice Group in the Nashville office of Loeb & Loeb LLP, which has proven to be a great benefit to me and my practice, and therefore also my clients.
One more thing – my last newsletter had “All Your Entertainment Law Is Belong To Us.” Yes, that was intentional. I meant to explain it in the newsletter and then just forgot. Here’s an article explaining it in case you didn’t know what it was.
Thanks! Feel free to update me on your projects. And if you need anything from me, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m always reachable by email and phone or text (404) 913-4232. If you want to keep up with The Seay Firm on a more regular basis, then check the website often for updates, as I blog frequently. You can also follow me on Twitter (@TheSeayFirmLLC) and “Like” me on Facebook.