After 20 years in music, the industry that I knew started to shift. During this shift, I saw friends and colleagues struggle and lose jobs, I watched studios and record labels close their doors. I watched many look for new business ventures, career changes, or suffer from lack of long-term planning. I didn’t know exactly how, but I knew I wanted to help. I wanted to take my 20 years as a songwriter and music business executive and become a strong advocate for creatives and their families.
I remember my journey from dreamer to professional. I remember lying awake at night wondering how would I navigate the murky waters of contracts, copyrights and protecting my professional property. I remember wondering if those offering me contracts or negotiating the contracts really understood the mind and plight of a creative. Looking back, I also wish I would have made an effort to plan for and protect my personal assets and legacy.
Armed with these memories, I made the decision to go to law school. I enrolled at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN. When I enrolled in law school, I assumed I would focus my work on entertainment and copyright law as a mere extension of my songwriting career, and that would be that. That presumption changed however, the first time I argued a case in a lawyering class. I realized I wanted to practice and be a full-time lawyer. I’ve always known that I love the role of mentor and advocate, so I began a new journey. A journey that included a dream of a law practice, dedicated to service and the success of others.
My background allows me to speak the language of the creative, the artist, the songwriter, the entrepreneur, the small business owner and now the attorney. I carefully selected practice areas that would be most beneficial to my fellow creative community but would also allow me to serve a wider reaching clientele.
I am a husband, father, brother and son. Family members, and people I cherish are continually evaluating and making important decisions about estate plans, business ventures or navigating the ever-changing landscape of IP, Trademark or Entertainment. My goal is to treat every client with the same care I would treat any friend or family member in similar matters.
Choosing a lawyer is a personal and important decision, I would be honored to assist you or your business in any of your needs.