Posted by Dave
I can't speak highly enough about Valerie. First off, she's an amicable person. I know that doesn't count for much in a world governed by law, but just her tone of voice is so comforting. And it's nice to have a lawyer you feel like you can trust. She is a professor @ Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. So if that doesn't scream credibility, then I don't know what does!
Let's get down to business: Valerie knows everything regarding music law. Period. End. You will never need to retain another lawyer. And she's honest! I feel like most lawyers just want quick money. But her rates are surprisingly quite reasonable. I highly doubt you'll find another lawyer with rates as competitive as hers, who will put the same amount of time and energy into your case(s) as she will.
Valerie helped my band with trademarks, copyrights, professional name searches, and so much more. Seriously, without Valerie we probably would have made a several major mistakes upon entering the music industry. She helped us dodge & squash all of that, along with a few red flag issues we were having with our former recording studio. I've learned so much in the process as well. As a result, I'm more aware, and I feel like a better musician now.
Valerie doesn't offer free consultations. BUT the pre-consultation form is pretty much a free consultation in itself. I like it because it asks you questions that you may not have even thought of yet because you've been focused on making music/booking gigs. For example: your goals, your concept, if you have a manager/agent, your creative process, copyrights filings, etc. It gets you really thinking about the overall bigger picture. And it helps Valerie get to know you or your band better. From there, she can help guide you in the right direction.
I remember my consultation with was 2 hours long. We literally covered at least 10+ different things extensively over the phone. I couldn't remember some of what we discussed the next day, but I was SO happy when 2 days later she emailed me a professionally drafted follow up consultation document that contained everything we talked about in detail. It had a glossary, and everything. Just like a book. She even included a to do list, ha! That consultation was worth every single penny! And I still reference the follow up document every now and then when I need to.
Posted by Debbie
Valerie is an outstanding music attorney. She's smart, fair, organized, proactive, and a pleasure to work with. She's great at the big picture and fine details and she's excellent at what she does. Indeed, she usually finds errors in my third-party contracts that they are thrilled to learn of and fix. Valerie does what she says she'll do, for the price she quotes and in the time she says it will take. She's a woman of her word. There are never any surprises. People looking for a music attorney should jump at the chance to work with Valerie Lovely.
Posted by anonymous
Valerie Lovely is so ahead of the curve specializing in Music Law that this site doesn't even have a proper category for me to choose from. Her firm handled my music law needs from making all my bands songs legal to helping me negotiate all sorts of deals I didn't even know were possible. I sometimes felt I had some seriously stupid questions, but she and her staff were VERY patient and thorough with explanations, procedures and options. She also was looking out for my best interest, not just her banking account. In several occasions she saved me quite a bit of time and money by being so efficient. I've been a client now for over five years and I don't know how I'd get my music out there without her.
Posted by Max
I cannot speak highly enough of Valerie. She has reviewed several contracts for me and ensured I was protected in a copyright dispute! She is incredibly responsive, even replying on weekends, If you are lucky enough to retain her services you will not be disappointed. She takes great care of small artists, going out of her way to help my co-writer and I avoid some common contractual errors. I always look forward to working with her, she is fantastic!