Jan 21, 2021
Casey is an entertainment and
digital media law attorney who helps influencers and creative
entrepreneurs who struggle with navigating the legal side of their
businesses and brands, specifically as it relates to contracts. She
prides herself on helping creatives negotiate fair deals with
Fortune 500 companies and leading entertainment brands, all while
helping them build legally sound businesses that are built for
generational wealth and impact. Here on the podcast, she normally
does that by sharing the stories of successful entrepreneurs and
influencers to help you learn from their mistakes. But
occasionally, she switches things up and highlights popular culture
or educates listeners on how to get the legal side of
entrepreneurship in place.
wait until there’s an issue with your contract or agreement to find
a good lawyer or legal resource.
- Choose a lawyer
who you like personally and can trust professionally.
- Know the type of
lawyer you need to work with and be clear about the services they
provide before you get involved
[2:26] – Casey
highlights the importance of having a lawyer or contracts in place
from the very beginning of your business journey.
[4:34] – Next,
Casey shares some things to keep in mind when choosing a
- Choose someone you’re comfortable
- Choose someone who offers the services you
- Choose someone who specializes in your area of
[7:45] – Casey
clarifies that her firm, C. Handy Law, specializes in Entertainment
and Intellectual Property contracts.
- Entertainment lawyers represent clients in the
entertainment industry. Their clients could be individuals,
like singers, or companies, like record agencies. Their work
involves a lot of business deals. Most entertainment lawyers
negotiate and draft many contracts and frequently deal with
intellectual property issues like trademarks and copyrights.
- Who might need this lawyer: Music artists,
Actors, Influencers, Internet Personalities
Digital Media and Internet Lawyer:
- This type of lawyer deals with more than
just internet law – they deal with all sorts of legal issues that
arise out of the use of digital platforms like mobile phones,
tablets, and computers as well as the internet. Issues range
from ensuring a website complies with the law, or dealing with
privacy complaints, to advising entities about how they can and
cannot use tracking tools in their apps and on their
- These lawyers would not be who to talk to about
your contract and agreement disputes.
- Who might need this lawyer: Bloggers,
Youtubers, Anyone using the internet
[13:12] – Tax
- Taxes can be complicated, especially for
creative entrepreneurs. Still, it’s the work of the tax lawyers,
along with the accountant, to make it uncomplicated for their
clients, especially if they have many assets.
- Tax lawyers may also help businesses or
individuals with their disputes with the IRS. Ideally, this should
be a lawyer who’s also familiar with litigations and court
Intellectual Property Lawyer:
- IP lawyers specialize in helping to secure
creative, scientific, or technical inventions and creations. This
is who you’d want to talk to about copyrights, patents, trademarks,
and licensing agreements.
- Much of the work of IP lawyers is to provide
legal advice to clients on the commercial viability and marketing
mechanisms of their creation. They need to have expert knowledge in
both business and innovation trends.
- Not every IP lawyer can handle patents, so make
sure you get a patent lawyer, if you need that.
- Who might Need this lawyer: Anyone who is
creating original content, products, or media
[18:10] – Casey
closes out with the key takeaways from this episode.
- Don’t wait until there’s an issue to find a
- Choose a lawyer who you like personally and can
- Know the type of lawyer you need to work with
and be clear about the services they provide before you get
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