Many of us find ourselves needing the counsel (pun intended) of a lawyer, but settling for the advice of friends, family or Google instead. No more! EBONY.com and Gordon & Rees, LLP have partnered to provide you the opportunity to have your questions answered by four brilliant, experienced attorneys via our new "Ask A Lawyer" advice column.
Featured attorneys William David Cornwell, Sr., C. Anthony Mulrain, Richard Nichols and Donald M. Woodard are partners at the litigation and business transactions firm, which is one of the largest and most prestigious in the country. These attorneys are experts in the areas of sports, media, entertainment, commercial, intellectual property, acquisitions and business transactions litigation and have established distinguished reputations through their work athletes, actors, writers, producers, directors, record labels, entertainment companies and many others.
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The first contributor, Donald Woodard, is a partner in Gordon & Rees’s Business Transactions and Sports, Media and Entertainment Law practice groups. He has extensive experience focusing on business and commercial transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Woodard is also a nationally recognized expert with over ten years of specialty experience in entertainment, media, and technology law, including digital rights, social networking, copyright, and rights of privacy and publicity.
Mr. Woodard provides comprehensive business and branding counsel to a broad range of corporate and entertainment clients, from startup to mid-sized multi-million dollar companies, entertainment businesses, generally in the capacity as outside general counsel, high-profile celebrities, and Grammy® Award winning recording artists, record producers, and songwriters who have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Mr. Woodard serves as outside entertainment counsel to the City of Atlanta. His clients also include on-air morning drive radio station talent and on-air television personalities and broadcasters.
The first African-American federal judicial clerk on the Northern District of Georgia's Bankruptcy Court, Mr. Woodard oversaw the high-profile bankruptcy of best-selling female recording group TLC. He also negotiated the first commercial product endorsement deal for a recording artist with the Jordan/Nike brand. A graduate of Morehouse College, he received his J.D from Indiana University is a frequent lecturer in the entertainment industry. He was named an "Atlanta Powerpreneur" by the Atlanta Mayor's Office in 2011 and was honored by Rolling Out as "One of The 100 Most Influential People in Entertainment" and as one of "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
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