Kendall Minter is an entertainment attorney and partner in the firm’s Entertainment, Sports and Media practice group. With more than 35 years of practice in the entertainment, media and sports law fields, Mr. Minter brings a comprehensive knowledge of entertainment law, corporate law, intellectual property law, sports and new media law to his clients. Mr. Minter advises artists, actors, producers, film makers and other creative talent on a wide variety of entertainment matters, helping his clients to build their brand and protect their intellectual property solidly and securely. Motivated by his belief that music is a universal language connecting all peoples, Mr. Minter brings his passion for law, education and global business to empower his clients.
Mr. Minter interprets and negotiates the language of music industry contracts, film industry contracts, media industry contracts and sports industry contracts so that creative talent are protected. As an entertainment attorney, Mr. Minter advises singers, songwriters, musicians, producers, film makers, talent agencies, concert and event promoters, artist managers, studio owners, music entrepreneurs, investors, evangelists and radio announcers in a wide range of entertainment and media matters. He structures and negotiates deals for bands and solo artists for live engagements, merchandising, branding and content licensing. He utilizes his corporate legal knowledge to represent investors for private placement memoranda, joint venture agreements, acquisition contracts, rights option agreements and investor agreements. He helps producers, film makers and other creative talent in the film industry negotiate talent agreements, film finance contracts, producer agreements, television talent agreements, film production contracts and serves as production counsel. Mr. Minter works with artists, musicians, producers and independent music companies by creating and negotiating recording agreements, music publishing agreements, record label distribution contracts, 360 deals, touring agreements and operating agreements. Additionally, Mr. Minter helps his clients protect their intellectual property with trademark license agreements, trademark registrations, copyright contracts, content license agreements, and merchandising agreements.
Mr. Minter’s career began upon his graduation from Cornell Law School where he joined Fairchild Industries as Associate General Counsel and Corporate Representative for Broadcasting. His responsibilities at Fairchild also included general "in House" corporate legal matters such as employment and consulting agreements, trademarks, real estate and labor matters.
Mr. Minter is a co-founder and inaugural Executive Director of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association and currently serves on its Advisory Board. He also served on the Board of Directors of Rhythm & Blues Foundation and is the Chairman Emeritus of the organization. He is also a member of the Board of the Living Legends Foundation and serves as its General Counsel and is a member of the Board of Directors of Sound Exchange, Inc.
Mr. Minter has also served extended terms as a director of the American Youth Hostels and the 100 Black Men. He was an adjunct professor at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, and is an adjunct professor at Georgia State University where he teaches Copyright and Music Publishing. He is a frequent lecturer for the Practicing Law Institute and numerous other organizations as well as being a frequent contributor and columnist for several music trade publications, and is author of a music industry guidebook Understanding and Negotiation 360 Ancillary Rights Deals.
Mr. Minter is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Entertainment, Who's Who in The East and Who's Who amongst Black Americans. He has been inducted into the Knights of Malta, O.S.J. Mr. Minter was also acknowledged by the National Bar Association with its Living Legend Entertainment Attorney Award and has received other honors including the City of Los Angeles with a Certificate of Recognition, the Chairman’s Award from the Living Legends Foundation and the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association’s Hall of Fame.
Minter has represented a variety of high-profile clients including Jermaine Dupri, The Backstreet Boys, Evander Holyfield, Lena Horne, Peter Tosh, Ashanti, Third World, Roy Ayers, Teddy Riley, Jagged Edge, Najee, Cassandra Wilson, Musiq Soulchild and the Ying Yang Twins. Additionally, he has represented a number of Christian and gospel music artists such as Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond and Tasha Cobbs Leonard; as well as internationally renowned evangelists such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Music Ministries of churches pastored by Dr. Creflo Dollar, Pastor E. Dewey Smith and Bishop Eddie Lee Long.
A native of New York, Mr. Minter earned his law degree from Cornell Law School and graduated from Cornell University where he received a BA in political science after participating in the six year combined arts and law program.
Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, Co-Founder and Inaugural Executive Director
Rhythm & Blues Foundation, Board of Directors, Chairman Emeritus
Living Legends Foundation, Board Member and General Counsel
Sound Exchange, Inc., Board of Directors
- March 31, 2015
Cornell University, BA, Political Science, 1974
Cornell Law School, JD, 1976
District of Columbia
National Bar Association, Living Legend Entertainment Attorney Award
Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association’s Hall of Fame
City of Los Angeles, Certificate of Recognition
Living Legends Foundation, Chairman’s Award