Attorneys

Joseph A. Stallone
Partner

Direct: 512-469-9800

Legal Experience

Mr. Stallone practices in the areas of entertainment law, litigation and general business law.  As one of the music industry’s leading legal advisors, Mr. Stallone represents a large number of music clients, including Grammy-winning artists, record labels, recording studios, producers, managers and agents.  In his practice, Mr. Stallone guides his clients through complex litigation and advises his clients on various legal and business matters including management, agency, production, publishing, touring, recording, funding, “do it yourself” business models, compensation, business formation, licensing and protection of intellectual property rights.  In addition, Mr. Stallone maintains a diverse civil litigation practice, representing a number of individuals and businesses (including Fortune 500 Companies) in complex litigation.  In addition to his music expertise, Mr. Stallone has specialized litigation experience in commercial/contractual disputes, employment law, trade secret protection (including the enforcement of non-competition agreements), premises liability litigation and personal injury litigation.  His work encompasses all aspects of state and federal litigation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Stallone is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics related to his practice such as the creation and retention of an artist team, the protection of sound recordings and musical compositions, copyright and trademark law and the business of music.  Mr. Stallone is also a professor of Legal Aspects of the Music Industry at the Austin Community College for Music Business.

Education

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Baylor University School of Law, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Marketing (“With Distinction”), Penn State University, 1993
  • Minor, Legal Environment of Business, Penn State University, 1993

Professional Licenses

  • Attorney at Law, Texas, 1996

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Professional Experiences

  • Bracewell & Guiliani, LLP, Of Counsel, 1999-2009
  • Strausburger & Price, LLP, Associate, 1998-1999
  • Honorable Chief Justice Robert Seerden, 13th District Court of Appeals, Corpus Christi, Briefing Attorney, 1996-1998

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Entertainment Law Initiative (The GRAMMY Foundation)
  • The Recording Academy, Board of Governors, Texas Chapter
  • The Recording Academy Advocacy Committee, Chairperson
  • Grounded in Music (www.groundedinmusic.org), Founder and President
  • Boys and Girls Club Capital Area, Vice President of Operations

Austin Bar Association Honors

  • 2009 Telly Award for Saving Evan White, Use of Music, Legal Counsel
  • Austin Under Forty: Arts and Entertainment (2009), Legal (2007)
  • Texas Lawyer Rising Star 2010, 2009 and 2007