Licensed in New York, South Carolina and Tennessee, Will has practiced law as a litigator and transactional lawyer for twenty four 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 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's practice focuses additionally upon representation (and thoughtful education) of musicians, performing artists, video production companies, music venues, independent film production companies, and other entities in the music, film, 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 entertainment and business legal counseling.
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
Shawna is a transactional attorney licensed in California and Tennessee. Her practice encompasses all aspects of the entertainment, arts and media industries, including record companies, publishing companies, artists, songwriters, authors, producers, managers, production companies, start-up companies, and other media entities.
Shawna started her career at Restless Records where within two years she was promoted to head the Business and Legal Affairs department. During her tenure at Restless Records, Shawna was responsible for handling all legal and business matters and took an active role in the strategic decision making process involved in running a record label.
After leaving Restless Records, Shawna co-founded Artist Law Group, an entertainment law boutique with offices in Los Angeles and Nashville, where she built a diverse entertainment practice. Her clients include Drive-Thru Records, Cornerstone Recording Arts Society, West Aspen Merchandising, Tesla, Secret & Whisper and Davie-Brown Entertainment, and she has worked on award winning motion pictures such as “Rize,” “Riding Giants” and “Coraline.”
Shawna is a member of the California Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, Source, The Copyright Society of the South, and the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. She is also a published author and frequent speaker at industry events and educational seminars including South By Southwest, Mob Fest, California Lawyers for the Arts; Ruach Music Ministry, Lipscomb, MTSU, and the Handy Music Festival.
Additionally, Shawna served as legal consultant for “The Musician’s Handbook, A Practical Guide to Understanding the Music Business,” a Billboard Publication.
In addition to her law practice, Shawna serves as Director for the A21 Campaign (East Coast). She also served Director for the 2007 and 2008 Nashville Screenwriters Conference.
Direct: 615 627 6988
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.
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
Genre Focus: Singer Songwriters. Charleston Music Confab - Charleston, SC September 1, 2018
Artist Education. Charleston Music Confab - Charleston, SC August 31, 2018
Second Annual South Carolina Bar Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium - Charleston, SC November 8, 2013.
South Carolina Bar Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, Charleston, SC, October 25th, 2012.
Legal Consultant, The Musician's Handbook: A Practical Guide To Understanding The Music Business, Bobby Borg, Billboard Books
Author, Cyber-Dilution: Protecting Domain Names under the Federal Dilution Act of 1995, Cyberspace Law Journal, May 1998
University of Kansas, School of Law., J.D.
Lipscomb University, Rule 31 Civil Mediation
University of Cambridge, Study Abroad Law Program, Cambridge, UKUniversity of Kansas, B.A. Psychology