Licensed in New York, South Carolina and Tennessee, Will has practiced law as a litigator and transactional lawyer for twenty five years, and is an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at The College of Charleston (2013- ). He holds the highest attorney peer rating (AV) by Martindale Hubbell.
Will's practice focuses primarily upon representation of crypto-art curators, crypto-artists, persons and entities wishing to incorporate crypto and blockchain technology into the music and other industries, musicians, performing artists, video production companies, music venues, independent film production companies, and other persons and entities in the music, film, digital technology and television industries. He also engages in all forms of music and film contract negotiations, resolution of licensing issues, obtaining clearances, copyright and trademark registration, and general performing arts legal counseling.
Will also acts as Of Counsel to Schroder Brooks Law Firm PLC, and provides advice to its clients on entertainment matters particularly focused upon the music industry, crypto-art technology, and other digital media. Schroder Brooks Law Firm PLC additionally provides legal advice to clients of Lewis Law Group, LLC with respect to film, television, book publishing, digital media, advertising and fashion.
Will has served as Chief Legal Officer for a fifteen thousand employee company and its subsidiaries, overseeing legal aspects of multi-million dollar acquisitions and other transactions, assisting with cyber security policy development and implementation, resolving commercial disputes, and negotiating countless commercial agreements. He continues to provide legal advice to, and representation of, private investment companies, banks and other commercial entities.
Will earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina in 1991 while on a four year baseball scholarship, graduating a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Lewis worked at King World Productions in Los Angeles, California followed by a year of teaching Middle East Politics and World History at Walwourth Barbour American International School in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel. In 1995, Mr. Lewis earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law where he was a member of the Order of Wig and Robe.
He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and all New York, South Carolina and Tennessee State Courts.
Outside of the practice of law, Will also is a musician (guitar/piano/saxophone/vocals), private pilot, three time Ironman Triathlon finisher (Wisconsin, Florida and Mont Tremblant), former Division I NCAA college baseball player for The University of South Carolina Gamecocks, and an avid golfer and sailor.
Direct: 615 953 9422
What Artists and Entertainers Need to Know About Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) - Invited Panel Member. Sponsored by the Arts & Business Counsel of Greater Nashville, Continuing Legal Education Series. April 21, 2021
Persuasion Theory in Entertainment Litigation - 31st Annual North American Law Summit - Entertainment/Sports/IP - Cancun, Mexico, November 16, 2019
Intersection of Contract and Litigation When Transactional Attorneys Screw Up - 29th Annual North American Law Summit - Entertainment/Sports/IP - Montego Bay, Jamaica, November 11, 2017
The Monetization of the Global Music Business - from Creators to Major Industry (moderator of two hour panel discussion) - MIDEM Int'l Music Conference, Cannes, France June 5, 2016.
Recording Agreements 101 (Joint presentation with John Meller of LaPolt Law, P.C. Los Angeles, Ca.) - 25th Annual Entertainment Law Institute Texas Bar CLE, Austin, TX, November 6, 2015.
Production Agreements 101 - 25th Annual Entertainment Law Institute Texas Bar CLE, Austin, TX, November 6, 2015.
New Artists: In the Beginning (Panel) - Charleston New Music Confab, Charleston, SC August 28, 2015.
Legal Issues regarding Live Streaming of Concert Festivals (general lecture) - MIDEM Int'l Music Conference, Cannes, France June 6, 2015.
The Streaming Revolution in the Entertainment Industry - International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and Entertainment Law Journal - Hastings Law School, San Francisco, Ca. November 10, 2014.
"The Final Cut: Regulation of Sex and Violence in the Entertainment Industry" - American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries Annual Meeting - Marina Del Rey, Ca. October 10, 2014.
"Copyright Ownership and Streams of Income for Singer/Songrwriters - General Lecture" - College of Charleston, Music Department - March 18, 2014.
"Entertainment Law and Practice - General Lecture" - University of South Carolina School of law - March 3, 2014.
"Sex, Violence and the Constitution" and "Hot Topics in Film and Television Law." Second Annual South Carolina Bar Enteratinment and Sports Law Symposium - Charleston, SC November 8, 2013.
"Copyright Infringement and Fair Use" and "Musician Royalty Streams." University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Intellectual Property Leadership Briefing - Isle of Palms, SC, May 29th, 2013.
"Ethical Issues for Entertainment Lawyers" and "Contractual Issues in the World of Performing Artists." South Carolina Bar Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, Charleston, SC, October 25th, 2012.
"A Dive into the Amazingly Beautiful Ocean of NFTs, Blockchain Technology, and the Legal World that May or May Not Govern" (2021 Arts and Business Counsel of Greater Nashville Continuing Legal Education).
The Monetization of the Global Music Business - from Creators to Major Industry (2016 FRUKT Source - 2016 International Association of Entertainment Lawyers). Co-Editor with Marcelo Goyanes.
"Producer Agreements 101" Joint publication with author Meagan Maw (2015 Entertainment Law Institute - Texas Bar Association).
"Live Streaming of Concert Festivals: What Producers and Promoters Should Know" The Streaming Revolution in the Entertainment Industry (2015 FRUKT Source - 2015 International Association of Entertainment Lawyers).
"The Next Big Hit - Protecting and Exploiting (In a Good Way) Your Musician-Client's Intellectual Property" South Carolina Lawyer Magazine, (South Carolina Bar, July 2014). Video of Interview regarding the same may be found here.
Activities and Organizations:
Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at the College of Charleston.
International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
Member of The Recording Academy
American Bar Association Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports (Music and Personal Appearances Committee)
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association - Entertainment Sports and Media Law Committee
New York State Bar Association - Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section.
Carolina Film Alliance - Former Board Member.
Carolina Studios - Board Member.
South Carolina Bar - Past Member of Professional Responsibility Committee and Ethics Advisory Committee