LSG Expands into Nashville
March 10, 2015 – Chicago entertainment law firm Leavens, Strand & Glover today announced the opening of a Nashville office, extending the firm’s reach into the country’s biggest music markets.
The new office will be led by Hillel Frankel, who joins the firm as partner. He is moving his well-known Chicago-based entertainment practice to Nashville, where he had been splitting his time for the past year.
This news comes on the heels of firm associate Heather Liberman departing the firm to become the General Counsel of South By Southwest, the major music conference presenter in Austin, Texas, for which the firm has done work in the past. The firm recently brought on arts industry lawyer Travis Life to replace her.
“This is an exciting time for our firm,” said Leavens, Strand & Glover partner Tom Leavens. “Thanks to Hillel and Travis, we are building on our decades of music and entertainment law experience in Chicago and planting seeds in major music markets around the country.”
Frankel has more than 20 years experience in music industry law, with clients including music, film, radio and web artists as well as entertainment entities. He has represented and been integral in the development of many musicians, including Poi Dog Pondering, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, and Grammy-nominated Liquid Soul, of which he was a founding member. He is also the CEO of NoVo Artist Management.
“I am thrilled to join with music and entertainment law industry stalwarts Leavens, Strand & Glover,” said Frankel. “We’ve known each other for years, and this new office will give us an opportunity to better service existing clients and build on our strong relationships in Nashville and beyond.”
Travis Life represents artists and art-related businesses ranging from musicians, theater companies, and actors to record labels and media entities. Practicing as Life Law Office prior to joining Leavens, Strand & Glover, he successfully prosecuted complex civil matters, copyright infringement matters, as well as breach-of-contract actions. He is a founding member of the Associate Board of Lawyers for the Creative Arts.
The new office is located at 1102 17th Avenue South in Nashville, in the heart of music row.
This Nashville presence builds on Leavens, Strand & Glover’s deep experience in music, entertainment and intellectual property law. While the firm formed in 2009, the name partners each bring decades of legal and music industry experience.
Leavens, whose clients include Pitchfork Media, Inc., producer of Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival, worked on the PBS series Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis and served as General Counsel for MusicNow and Platinum Entertainment. He served as executive producer of more than a dozen House of Blues Essential Blues recordings and is the author of the ABA-published Music Law for the General Practitioner.
Peter Strand represents musicians, recording artists& songwriters, including Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, and violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine, record labels, television and film production companies such as Kurtis Productions, and writers. In his pre-law career he was a full-time touring musician and recorded two albums for RCA/Millennium Records. Strand was recently named one of the top 50 music lawyers in the country by Billboard Magazine and ranked by Super Lawyers as one of the Illinois Top 100 lawyers.
Jerry Glover formerly served as General Counsel for Chicago public television station WTTW and its radio station WFMT, and he now serves as outside counsel to the stations. He heads the firm’s film and television, sweepstakes, and advertising practice. His clients also include motion picture studios, television and film production companies, Broadway producers, advertising agencies, musicians and writers.
Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC is an entertainment, media, and intellectual property law firm concentrating on creative industries and endeavors. With offices in Chicago and Nashville, the firm represents both institutional and talent clients on transactional and litigation matters.