Travis Life is an associate at the entertainment, media and intellectual property law firm Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC in Chicago. Travis represents artists and art related businesses including actors, designers, musicians, songwriters, writers, independent record companies, management companies, film production companies and other media companies with their legal needs. In addition to consulting, negotiating and drafting entertainment agreements, Travis assists artists and media companies with their intellectual property management and litigation needs.
Travis has negotiated and drafted various entertainment agreements including Artist Management Agreements, Cast & Crew Agreements, Live Performance & Festival Contracts, Music Licenses, Production Agreements, and Recording Contracts. He has formed music marketing companies, music management businesses, production companies, and other multi-media companies. Travis also manages intellectual property of music artists, media companies and record labels. Travis has also successfully prosecuted complex civil matters in state and federal court, prosecuted copyright infringement matters and prosecuted and defended breach of contract actions.
Travis is an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law where he teaches Entertainment Law. He is also one of the founding members and current President of the Associate Board for the non-for profit legal assistance organization Lawyers for the Creative Arts. Travis is currently the Membership Chair for the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. He was named “Illinois Rising Star” in Arts & Entertainment as one of the top 2.5 percent of Illinois attorneys under forty or 10 years of practice in the entertainment field
Prior to joining Leavens Strand & Glover, LLC, Travis was the principal at Life Law Office LLC, an entertainment law firm in Chicago. He also held leadership positions at the Chicago Bar Association including serving as Chair of the Young Lawyers Creative Arts Committee and Media and Entertainment Law Committee.
A fifth-generation lawyer who attended college on a theatre scholarship, Travis found his calling behind the scenes. He developed his love of the Artsat an early age, singing country and classic rock songs and playing the trumpet. At 16, he became the youngest disc jockey in his hometown, working for the college radio station.
Travis is licensed to practice in Illinois and California.
Music Management Agreements
Film, Television, Theatre and Music Production Agreements
University of Iowa
Chicago-Kent College of Law
California Supreme Court
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Name of School: DePaul University College of Law
Name of Course: Entertainment Law
Semester: Spring 2015
Course Description: Teaching Entertainment Law, which focuses on various aspects of entertainment law practice including performance contracts, managers and agents, recording and publishing agreements and music licensing.