Entertainment attorneys use multiple areas of legal practice to advise and represent their clients. The different types of employment make knowledge of diverse legal practices necessary for the good entertainment lawyer.
Knowledge of securities, employment, immigration, insurance and intellectual property laws are all an essential part of being an entertainment attorney. At times these attorneys have to go to court to litigate on behalf of their client so a knowledge of multiple levels of representation from copyright to royalties are in oder.
Entertainment law can be divided into different categories for representation. Television, radio, fine arts, theatre, print and advertising, trademark and personality rights, and defamation are covered by entertainment attorneys.
A sports entertainment attorney deals with trademark, endorsement and licensing issues on behalf of their client. Professional athletes are compensated for their talents and therefore have rights to how their image is used.
Music entertainment attorneys deal with the drafting of contracts, investigating the legitimacy of offers related to performances, as well as copyright laws. Entertainment attorneys are also mediators for bands and managers.