ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at the College of Charleston
American Bar Ass'n Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports (Music and Personal Appearances Committee)
Carolina Film Alliance - Board Member.
Carolina Studios - Board Member.
South Carolina Bar - Member of Professional Responsibility Committee and Ethics Advisory Committee
Past member - South Carolina House of Delegates (selection by attorney peers)
"Live Streaming of Concert Festivals: What Producers and Promoters Should Know" The Streaming Revolution in the Entertainment Industry (2015 FRUKT Source - 2015 International Association of Entertainment Lawyers).
"The Next Big Hit - Protecting and Exploiting (In a Good Way) Your Musician-Client's Intellectual Property" South Carolina Lawyer Magazine, (South Carolina Bar, July 2014).
INVITED SPEAKING ENGAGMENTS
New Artists: In the Beginning (Panel) - Charleston New Music Confab, Charleston, SC August 28, 2015.
Legal Issues regarding Live Streaming of Concert Festivals (general lecture) - MIDEM Int'l Music Conference, Cannes, France June 6, 2015.
The Streaming Revolution in the Entertainment Industry' - International Association of Entertainment Lawyers and Entertainment Law Journal - Hastings Law School, San Francisco, Ca. November 10, 2014.
"The Final Cut: Regulation of Sex and Violence in the Entertainment Industry" - American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries Annual Meeting - Marina Del Rey, Ca. October 10, 2014.
"Copyright Ownership and Streams of Income for Singer/Songrwriters - General Lecture" - College of Charleston, Music Department - March 18, 2014.
"Entertainment Law and Practice - General Lecture" - University of South Carolina School of law - March 3, 2014.
"Sex, Violence and the Constitution" and "Hot Topics in Film and Television Law." Second Annual South Carolina Bar Enteratinment and Sports Law Symposium - Charleston, SC November 8, 2013.
"Copyright Infringement and Fair Use" and "Musician Royalty Streams." University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business Intellectual Property Leadership Briefing - Isle of Palms, SC, May 29th, 2013.
"Ethical Issues for Entertainment Lawyers" and "Contractual Issues in the World of Performing Artists." South Carolina Bar Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, Charleston, SC, October 25th, 2012.
Licensed in New York, South Carolina and Tennessee, Mr. Lewis has practiced law as a litigator and transactional lawyer for nineteen years and is an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at The College of Charleston. He holds the highest attorney peer rating (AV) by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina in 1991 while on a four year baseball scholarship, graduating a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Lewis worked at King World Productions in Los Angeles, California followed by a year of teaching Middle East Politics and World History at Walwourth Barbour American International School in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel. In 1995, Mr. Lewis earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law where he was a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal and the Order of Wig and Robe.
Mr. Lewis is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and all New York, South Carolina and Tennessee State Courts. He is a past member of the South Carolina House of Delegates (Ninth Judicial Circuit). After twelve years at a large regional law firm and four subsequent years at a small boutique law firm, his current law practice focuses exclusively upon entertainment, creative arts and intellectual property law.
Mr. Lewis also is a professional musician, pilot, 3 time Ironman Triathlon finisher (Wisconsin, Florida and Mont Tremblant) and former Division I NCAA college baseball player for The University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
Mr. Lewis’ Entertainment and Creative Arts Law Practice focuses primarily upon representation in New York, Nashville and South Carolina of musicians, performing artists, actors, models, authors, video production companies, independent film production companies, and other entities in the music, film, modeling, publishing, visual/fine arts and television industries, as well as contract negotiations, licensing, clearances, management contracts, copyright and trademark issues, litigation and general legal counseling.
William Bee Ravenel Lewis
Lewis Law Group, LLC
304 Meeting Street, Suite 200C
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
843 737 6252