Bio

Stephanie Taylor is an entertainment and music industry attorney.  She provides a broad range of legal services to clients involved in the creation, production and management of creative works. She understands the special needs of the entertainment industry, including copyright law, music publishing, record labels, media, television, radio and general business matters. Stephanie represents record labels, recording artists, songwriters, producers, artist managers, music publishers, concert promoters, television talent, music industry entrepreneurs and businesses involved with the creation, use and distribution of copyrighted works. She was named one of Nashville's "40 under 40" by the Nashville Business Journal and has been honored since 2014 as one of the "Best Lawyers®  in America" in the area of Entertainment Law - Music, Entertainment and Theatre, she is a member of the 2018 class of Leadership Music.   


Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements:

"Music Without Borders," Nashville Bar Journal, August 2014 "Termination of Copyright Transfers: Whether Sound Recordings Created On or After 1978 Constitute Works Made for Hire Under the Copyright Act of 1976," Music and Entertainment Industry Educator's Journal, Volume 10, Number 1, 2010 "South Dakota Old Time Fiddlers, Music of the Great Plains," Documentary Film, 2009. Stephanie was a member of Stites & Harbison and Bone McAllester Norton before launching her own firm in 2017. She was a tenured professor of music business at Middle Tennessee State University and also directed the school's Recording Industry Exchange program with Russia. Stephanie is a South Dakota native, but her love of country music inspired her move to Nashville. She is a classically trained violinist and country/bluegrass fiddle player. Her musical career has included eight years as a contract violinist with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra in Lincoln, Neb., and she has performed with numerous recording artists, including Chris Young, country duo Joey + Rory, singer/songwriters Billy Yates, Billy Falcon, Barry Waldrep, and Dana Romanello. She was recently inducted into the South Dakota Old Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame. She admits to missing the tour bus, but says she loves being home with her husband and children a little more. 


Professional Accolades:

Leadership Music class of 2018, Best Lawyers in America ® (2016-17) Forty Under 40, Nashville Business Journal (2014) Alumni Achievement Award, University of Nebraska Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts South Dakota Old Time Fiddler's Hall of Fame, Member Community Involvement Volunteer Lawyers & Professional for the Arts (VLPA) The Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Board of Trustees International Bluegrass Music Museum, Board of Trustees University of Nebraska, Chancellor's Alumni Advisory Council Leadership Music, Class of 2018 Education Belmont University M.B.A., 2006 University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law J.D., 2002 University of Nebraska-Lincoln B.A., Music Education, 1999 Admissions South Dakota Tennessee  


Service Areas:

Entertainment Law Media / First Amendment Law Intellectual Property & Technology Copyrights Business Services Memberships American Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Forum Tennessee Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Section Country Music Association Americana Music Association International Bluegrass Music Association The Recording Academy (Grammys)