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.
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
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)
Rachel Simes Guttmann is an entertainment and music industry attorney. She is also an experienced litigator, who represented major corporations, public bodies, and insurance companies in defense and coverage matters throughout Louisiana. She has represented artists, musicians, producers, record labels, artist managers, entertainment industry entrepreneurs, and businesses in a variety of transactional and litigation matters.
Before joining Stephanie Taylor Law, Guttmann served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Dee D. Drell in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Following her clerkship, Guttmann worked as an attorney in New Orleans at mid-size litigation defense firms, where she developed her own music and entertainment practice. She has significant trial experience in State and Federal courts throughout Louisiana. In 2017, Guttmann argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In 2018, Guttmann taught Legal Issues I as an adjunct professor in the Department of Film and Music Industry Studies at Loyola University New Orleans.
While in New Orleans, Guttmann spent much of her free time working with organizations to support the music community including New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, the Music Business Summit at the Ellis Marsalis Center, and Bringing Down the House with the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. She also served as a speaker and presenter about the music industry, copyrights, and trademarks throughout Louisiana.
Guttmann has a J.D. from Tulane University Law School and a B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and is practicing in Tennessee pending admission to the bar.