A litigator and transactional lawyer for more than 25 years, Will Lewis focuses his practice on the representation of music industry executives, musicians, performing artists, video and concert production companies, music venues, and other commercial entities in the music industry.
Will engages in virtually all forms of music industry contract negotiations including recording, publishing, production, label ventures, executive compensation, digital, branding and sponsorship agreements, and assists in resolving licensing and other industry-related issues and disputes.
His private practice strength is enhanced by the time he spent as chief legal officer at a 15,000-employee company and its subsidiaries. In that role, Will oversaw the legal aspects of multimillion dollar acquisitions and other transactions, negotiated commercial agreements, assisted with cybersecurity policy development and implementation, and resolved commercial disputes.
Passionate about education, Will was an adjunct professor of entertainment law at The College of Charleston for seven years until re-locating to Atlanta.
Before attending law school, he worked at King World Productions in Los Angeles, followed by a year of teaching at Walwourth Barbour American International School in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel.
Helping his understanding of his clients’ needs, Will is a visual artist and a musician, who plays the guitar, piano, saxophone, and sings. He is adventurous in that he is a private pilot and advanced SCUBA diver. He is also an athlete, having completed three Ironman Triathlons and eight marathons, as well as being a former NCAA Division I pitcher for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team.
Will is not regularly admitted to practice in the local courts of Georgia.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board member, Carolina Studios
Member, American Bar Association Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports
Member, American Bar Association Music and Personal Appearances Committee
Member, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
Member, The Recording Academy-Nashville Chapter
Member, Tennessee Bar Association
Member, Nashville Bar Association Entertainment Sports and Media Law Committee
Member, New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
Former board member, Carolina Film Alliance
Former member, South Carolina Bar Professional Responsibility Committee and Ethics Advisory Committee
Martindale Hubbell, AV Rated