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STACEY SCHLITZ

Attorney
  • (615) 646-8740
  • info@schlitzlaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

Estates
Intellectual Property
Controversies

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Stacey Schlitz

BIOGRAPHY

Stacey received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, New York, and received her LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Stacey has been a member of New York and Tennessee bars since 2003. Stacey practices in the areas of Tax, Estate Planning, Entertainment, and Intellectual Property law.

 

After receiving her LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown, Stacey worked for KPMG and Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Stacey was an associate at Drescher & Sharp, PC before founding SchlitzLAW in 2010. Today, Stacey represents some of the world’s most renowned entertainers, composers, and music publishers in the areas of tax, estate planning, intellectual property, corporate planning, contract negotiations, and litigation. She also represents sports agents, trade groups, and municipalities in her litigation practice.

 

Stacey has conducted seminars for Continuing Legal Education, including “A Matter of Life and Death: the Current State of Right of Publicity Law in Entertainment and Sports” for the Nashville Bar Association’s Annual Entertainment, Sports, & Media Law Seminar, December 2016; “New Media Transmissions: Am I Covered Under My Radio License?” for the Country Radio Seminar in February 2016; “Estate Planning for Artists: Protecting Your Creativity” for the Tennessee Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts, October 2009; and “When You Say Nothing At All: What Lawyers Can Learn from Songwriters,” developed in conjunction with Judge Thomas Marten of the United States District of Kansas, December 2008. Stacey was the editor of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Newsletter in 2008-2009.

 

Stacey serves on the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association, serving as Chair of the Compensation and Personnel Committee in 2013 and 2017, and chair of the Governance Committee in 2016. Stacey enjoys running, baking southern desserts, playing the piano, sipping chardonnay, and singing backup for her husband, songwriter Don Schlitz, at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Music in Composition, 1990
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2003
    • Executive Editor – Journal of International and Comparative Law
    • Note, How the Petroleum Addict Negotiates With the Dealer: Challenges to the Bush Administration’s North American Energy Policy, 11 Cardozo J. Int’l & Comp. L. 177 (2003).
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. in Taxation, 2004

ADMISSIONS

  • Tennessee, 2003
  • New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 2007

NOTES AND ARTICLES

  • It’s Not About the Money: The Use of Musical Works in Politics, TBA Entertainment and Sports/Intellectual Property Joint Newsletter, November 2009
  • An Interview with Steve Underwood, Senior VP and General Counsel of the Tennessee Titans, TBA Entertainment and Sports Newsletter, January 2009 and April 2009 (two-part series)
  • Not So Fast, Rock Star: Why Trademarking Should Be the Last Step to Starting Your Small Company, SESAC Newsletter, October, 2008

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES

  • Board of Directors of the Interfaith Dental Clinic, 2010-2012.
  • Board of Directors of the W.O. Smith Nashville School of Music, 2010-2015.
    • Chair, program Committee, 2014-2015
  • Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, 2009-present.
  • Thistle Farms, volunteer for pro bono legal services for residents in criminal and domestic matters, 2012-2015.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Country Music Association
    • Board of Directors for 2012-present
    • Chair, Personnel & Compensation Committee, 2017
    • Chair, Governance Committee, 2016
    • Chair, Personnel & Compensation Committee, 2013
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)
  • Copyright Society of the South
  • SOURCE
    • Board of Directors for 2014
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Editor of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Newsletter, 2008-2009
    • Executive Council for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Section, 2008-2009
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Middle Tennessee
  • Speaker: “New Media Transmissions: Am I Covered Under My Radio License?” for Country Radio Seminar (CRS), February 8, 2016
  • Judge: Vanderbilt Mock Trial Tournament, January, 2011
  • Speaker: “The Basics of Estate Planning for Intellectual Property Holders” for the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) Fall 2010 CLE Seminar, November 12, 2010
  • Speaker: “Estate Planning Basics” for the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA), November 17, 2010
  • Speaker: “Songwriter Contracts” for Nashville Songwriter’s Association International and Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, June 25, 2010
  • Panelist: “True South: The Songwriter’s Guide to Nashville” for the ASCAP EXPO, Tim DuBois, moderator, April, 2010
  • Speaker: “Estate Planning for Artists: Protecting Your Creativity,” a Continuing Legal Education seminar for the Tennessee Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts, October, 2009
  • Panelist: “Small World: The International Music Market,” presented by Middle Tennessee State University and ASCAP, MTSU Career Fair, March 26, 2009
  • Speaker: “When You Say Nothing At All: What Lawyers Can Learn from Songwriters,” Continuing Legal Education seminar developed in 2008 in conjunction with Judge Thomas Marten of the United States District of Kansas and songwriter Don Schlitz, Americana Music Association CLE, September 2008

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