• Attorney

    Entertainment and business attorney with a primary focus on contracts, negotiations, and intellectual property.

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  • Author

    Author of “Music Industry Mindset” and creator of “The Artist Launch Formula” audio series training program.

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  • Speaker

    Keynote speaker and expert in helping artists launch successful long-term careers in the music industry.

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  • Coach

    Career Coach to emerging and established artists and entertainers. Founder of Pro Artist Academy.

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  • Host

    Host of “Celebrity Talk Radio” and frequent expert guest on news and entertainment related talk shows.

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Over 20 years of music and business experience

Shmiddy has established himself as a seasoned attorney and advisor in the areas of business, entertainment, internet, technology, media, federal compliance, trademarks, copyrights, and real estate. He has had the distinct privilege of guiding the careers of an elite roster of world class producers/songwriters, celebrities, radio/television personalities, entrepreneurs and investors. The continued success of his clients has earned him the reputation of being a savvy legal advisor with the creativity and business knowledge it takes to promote vertical growth and long term sustainability.

He has structured and negotiated deals with such industry giants as Harpo Productions, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Clear Channel Communications, just to name a few. He has also successfully litigated and/or settled major intellectual property disputes on behalf of his clients with favorable results against corporate goliaths such as Lorillard and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Throughout his career he has closed over one hundred million dollars in real estate transactions and he continues to actively facilitate deals between real estate investors, builders and general contractors to improve land and properties for investment purposes throughout the Hampton Roads.

Representative clients include Grammy Award winning multi-platinum producer/songwriter Aaron Pearce (Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Tamar Braxton, Jill Scott, The Lorax Animated Movie Soundtrack), Grammy Award winning multi-platinum artist/producer Teddy Riley (Snoop Dogg, Usher, Robin Thicke, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Doug E. Fresh, Heavy D.), Billboard Award winning multi-platinum producer Andrew Lane (Miley Cyrus, Backstreet Boys, Keith Sweat, B2K, High School Musical), and Young Money Cash Money Producer “Mr. Beatz” (Nicki Manaj, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Brisco), award-winning music video producer/director and filmmaker Scott Hansen (Mountain Dew, Warner Bros, Doritos, Citi Trends, Discovery Channel, Danny Trejo, Michael Madsen, Jet Li and Lou Ferrigno), and actor/filmmaker/music producer Michael Copon (The Scorpion King 2, Bring It On, Power Rangers, Killer Holiday, One Tree Hill) and Dr. Asa Andrew, MD (“Dr. Asa ON CALL” the radio show, national bestselling author of “Empowering Your Health” and television personality.

Shmiddy has earned the reputation as an outstanding attorney and business advisor who truly cares about his clients on both a personal and professional level.