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Linda Edell Howard

Partner
Entertainment

Linda Edell Howard joined Adams and Reese in 2001 and opened the firm’s Music Row office. She has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of entertainment, new media and technology, and domestic and international intellectual property law and is the leader of the Entertainment/New Media team. Her transaction-based practice focuses on entertainment and new technology contracts, practices and procedures, as well as new platform strategies, social network business transactions, advocacy for creators and protection for copyright and other rights holders.

 

Following a judicial clerkship with the New Jersey Supreme Court, she practiced law in New Jersey and then in Manhattan, where she handled matters involving international intellectual property rights for the estates of Elvis Presley and George Gershwin. She later joined PolyGram Music Publishing Group as the Vice President of Operations, and in 1994 joined the Nashville office of Loeb & Loeb LLP. She is a Leadership Music alumna and is a member of the Country Music Association, and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

 

Linda’s representative clients include Anderson Merchandisers, TouchTunes Digital Jukebox, Lady Antebellum, Season 2 X-Factor winner Tate Stevens, Keb' Mo', the critically acclaimed educational program If I Had A Hammer, and numerous key industry executives, social and business entrepreneurs, independent music publishers, songwriters, recording artists, producers, social media celebrities and related industry players such as banks, unions, inventors and investors. She has closed more than 50 asset-based copyright acquisitions/sales and multi-million dollar loans and has counseled hundreds of start ups in the entertainment, educational and emerging technology fields.

 

She is a tireless and passionate advocate for the protection of intellectual property rights and the recapture of United States copyrights by creators and their heirs. Close to her heart is representing the family members of deceased creators.

 

Her other significant experience includes:

  • Leading a team with deep intellectual property experience who have curtailed the unlawful use of celebrity names on the Internet and reduced piracy in the karaoke industry.
  • Participating in ground-breaking new deals between creators and music companies to address the changing times and technologies of music distribution.
  • Closing reality TV deals ranging from American Idol, The Voice, and The Next to other TV deals for documentaries and network series.
  • Closing multi million dollar national sponsorship and advertising campaigns.
  • Representing a top merchandising company for deals with various celebrities.

 

Linda is a frequent speaker on various intellectual property topics and has often informed the creative community about new legislation and trends in the marketplace at forums such as the New Music Seminar, SXSW, Leadership Music Digital Summit, Billboard Country Music Summit and EAT'M. She serves on the AFTRA Advisory Committee (to create fairness in recording contracts), the Board of Advisors for Songs of Love (a children’s charity), the Advisory Board for the Future of Music Coalition, and the Board of Advisors for FLO{thinkery}.  She served as a mentor for the NARAS mentoring program and in 2012 for The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business One on One Mentorship Experience.

 

She was profiled in November 2012 Super Lawyers, and had articles featured by and about her in Rolling Stone (2004), The Hollywood Reporter, and The L.A. Times (2002).  She has one of her karaoke cases in a law school text book where her actions impacted the judge's decision.

 

Nashville Business Journal has recognized Linda among the “Best of the Bar” in Entertainment Law in 2004 – 2007, 2011 - 2012 and recognized her as a “Woman of Influence” in 2010. She is listed in Chambers USA as a leader in the area of Media and Entertainment, listed in Best Lawyers – Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law, 2006-2014, and has been recognized among Mid-South Super Lawyers – Entertainment and Sports for 2006-2013. She was selected by Business TN magazine as one of the “2010 Best 150 Lawyers in Tennessee” out of 18,000 active lawyers. This is a peer review, editorially selected list of the top 150 professionals working in the legal field in Tennessee. Linda was recognized as one of Nashville’s “101 Top Lawyers” in 2011 by the Nashville Post and U.S. News Best Lawyers® in Law and Entertainment Law - Music. She maintains an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. 

The Tennessee Supreme Court recognized Linda as an "Attorney for Justice" for her pro bono work in 2013, providing more than 50 hours of pro bono legal service to those in need.