"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).
ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at the College of Charleston
Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports (Music and Personal Appearances Committee) - American Bar Association
Carolina Film Alliance - Board Member.
Carolina Studios - Board Member.
Section of Intellectual Property Law - American Bar Association
South Carolina Bar - Member of Professional Responsibility Committee and Ethics Advisory Committee
Past member - South Carolina House of Delegates (selection by attorney peers)
INVITED SPEAKING ENGAGMENTS
"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 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, sports, business transactions and intellectual property law.
Mr. Lewis’ Entertainment and Creative Arts Law Practice focuses primarily upon representation of talent, artists, authors, and entities in the music, film, modeling, publishing, visual/fine arts and television industries, as well as contract negotiations, license agreements, management contracts, copyright and trademark issues, business formation, royalty recoupment, litigation and general legal counseling.
His Sports Law practice focuses primarily upon representation of athletes and sports entities with respect to contract negotiations, branding/trademark issues, publicity and privacy rights, intellectual property rights, licensing, appearances, defamation, litigation, venue liability, and general legal counseling.
His Business Transactions practice focuses primarily upon general business contract analysis, preparation, negotiation and/or counseling. Mr. Lewis engaged in commercial litigation for sixteen years, twelve of which were at a major regional defense firm and four of which were at a small boutique plaintiff oriented firm. Such vast and diverse courtroom experience provides Mr. Lewis the foresight to creatively and effectively assist his business, entertainment, creative arts and sports clients on the front end of business transactions in an effort to obtain favorable terms while minimizing the risk of litigation.
William Bee Ravenel Lewis
Lewis Law Group, LLC
304 Meeting Street, Suite 200C
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
843 737 6252
In New York - 646 688 4754
In Nashville - 615 301 1848