Kendall Minter, ESQ

Kendall Minter is an author, business entrepreneur, entertainment lawyer representing artists of many genres including Christian / Gospel.

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Kendall A. Minter, a native of New York and graduate and Senior Class President of Flushing High School began his professional path at Cornell University where he participated in the six year combined arts/law program, graduating with a B.A., majoring in Political Science in 1974, and with a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1976.

During his six years in Ithaca, Kendall was a member of the ski team, helped found Black Radio Ithaca, was an announcer for radio stations WVBR-FM and WTKO and was a principal of Full Circle Enterprises, Inc. a regional concert promotion firm.

Upon his graduation from Cornell Law School, he joined Fairchild Industries as Associate General Counsel and Corporate Representative for Broadcasting. During the next 21/2 years (until 1978). He acted as the corporate liaison for the broadcast division which owned and operated three highly successful radio stations in Dallas and Minneapolis. His responsibilities at Fairchild also included general “in House” corporate legal matters such as employment and consulting agreements, trademarks, real estate and labor matters.

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In 1978, Kendall returned to New York City and joined the 56 – lawyer firm Burns, Jackson, Miller, Summit & Jacoby as an associate. For the next two years, Kendall gained expertise in corporate and entertainment law and litigation. In 1980, Kendall embarked upon his sole practice career and established the Law Firm of Kendall A. Minter, which eventually opened affiliated offices in Los Angeles and London.

In 1984, Kendall joined the law firm of Barnes, Wood, Williams and Rafalsky as counsel, where he remained until establishing Minter & Gay in 1987. Minter & Gay was a boutique law firm which specialized in entertainment, sports and labor law. Based in the Wall Street district, the firm grew to nine attorneys with an internationally diverse clientele.

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In September 1992, Kendall merged his practice into the firm of Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Balon as counsel. As a member of the Entertainment Department, Kendall continued to expand his practice, now with the resources and support of a 65 year old, 110 lawyer national firm.

In early 1995, Kendall relocated to Atlanta and joined the firm of Sales Goodloe & Golden, as counsel, where he established and developed an entertainment department. The firm has a strong presence and national reputation in the areas of corporate and municipal finance and real estate. Kendall has also been Of Counsel to the New York City entertainment law firm Rudolph & Beer. In 1996, Kendall established Wave entertainment Inc. an adult contemporary record label which pacted with BMG for distribution and signed Chuck Jackson, The Main Ingredient, Jerry Butler and O.C. Smith as its initial roster. The debut release by the label was a duet between Dionne Warwick and Chuck Jackson, which received critical acclaim.

In 2004, Kendall established Minter & Associates, L.L.C. in Atlanta, Georgia and subsequently established an Of Counsel affiliation with regional law firm Gibson & Behman, P.C.  Minter & Associates, L.L.C. is a boutique law firm which represents a diverse international clientele in the areas of entertainment, corporate, intellectual property, sports and new media matters.  Gibson & Behman is a mid-sized regional law firm founded in 1987 which represents clients in the areas of litigation, employment law, corporate formations and dissolutions, trademark matters, insurance matters, bankruptcy and partnership matters.  The firm has offices throughout the Northeast, in Florida, California and the United States Virgin Islands.

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Kendall is a co-founder and Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association. He was the inaugural Executive Director of BESLA, serving in that capacity from 1979 to approximately 1986. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Rhythm & Blues Foundation and is the Chairman of the organization and is a member of the Board of the Living Legends Foundation and Director of Sound Exchange, Inc.

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Kendall 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 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.  Kendall presently serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Music at Georgia State University where he teaches classes on copyright, music publishing and the music industry.

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Kendall 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 and he has been inducted into the Knights of Malta, O.S.J. A sampling of Mr. Minter’s varied clients, past and present, Includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Shabba Ranks, Lena Horne, Roy Ayers, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Third World, Bunny Wailer, The Government of Jamaica, The Backstreet Boys, Teddy Riley, Freddie Jackson, for WBO Heavyweight Champion Ray Mercer, Cameo, The Fat Boys, Peter Tosh, Onyx Heavy D & The Boyz, Mad Cobra, Mtume, Kirk Franklin and the Family and Numerous others.

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Kendall Minter is also the exclusive legal representation of  Dreamin’ Out Loud, LLC. and Dreamin’ Out Loud Entertainment…Dreamin’ Out Loud Entertainment

 

 

 

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Kendall Minter Website…Kendall Minter, ESQ.

Lawyer Minter discusses the music business…Artist House Music

 Interview with Let’s Talk Kingdom with Catrina…http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dolern/2013/04/24/interview-with-kendall-minter

http://livinglegendsfoundation.com/board-members/kendall-minter

Music Legal Help

http://www.askmusiclawyer.com/

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