Scott Sanders, Esq.
Scott is a graduate of Emory University and University of Tennessee School of Law. After graduation he clerked for Judge E. A. Wright, Senior Judge, Fulton County Civil Court (now Fulton County State Court). For over thirty years he has practiced in Atlanta with his law practice limited to entertainment law in all areas of the entertainment industry [with emphasis on recording artists, producers, songwriters, music publishers, personal managers, authors and independent label representation] regarding contract negotiations, licensing, copyrights, trademarks and related entertainment and intellectual property litigation. Scott has been an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law teaching Entertainment Law from 1993 to the present; a founding member & past Chairman of the Entertainment & Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia; legal counsel for various arts groups including Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc. (sponsoring the Georgia Music Hall of Fame® and the annual GEORGY® awards); and a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (GRAMMY® awards). He has been a frequent speaker at national and regional seminars including “Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industries” sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute in New York; the International Folk Alliance Convention; various legal panels at SXSW in Austin TX; and the annual Southeastern Entertainment Law Symposium – an “out-of-the-country” seminar each November [which Scott initiated and developed in 1989 as Chairman of the Entertainment & Sports Law Section – State Bar of Georgia]. Scott is co-author of the 5th Edition of the leading entertainment law textbook “Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries” (by Biederman, Pierson, Silfen, Glasser, Abdo & Sanders) published by Praeger Publishers. Representative clients include The Producers, The Swimming Pool Q’s, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Arrested Development, Jagged Edge, D4L, etc. Representative litigation includes Scott being selected as the mediator in the case of The Allman Brothers Band vs. Capricorn Records/Polygram; and other high profile cases involving The Black Crowes (the “pie-chart” case televised live on Court TV); the Sugarland partnership dispute; Larry Blackmon (CAMEO) vs. producer Swizz Beatz; cases involving Lowery Music Publishing; and the successful defense of the hip-hop group “D4L” and Warner Music/Atlantic Records in a copyright infringement case finally affirmed in the 11th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals