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Donovan Augustus Rodriques

Entertainment Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   5 reviews

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About Donovan

Learn Donovan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    60%
    We represent companies and individuals in their film, television, music, sports, media, advertising and technology transactions, as well as serve as outside counsel to both established small businesses, emerging companies and start-ups.

    11 years

  2. Business
    5%
    We help start-ups and emerging companies with organization, structuring, strategy, networking, compensation, capitalization, and uncovering and assessing the hidden risks and exposures associated with new business relationships, potential acquisitions or investments.

    11 years

  3. Copyright application
    5%

    11 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    5%

    11 years

  5. Limited liability company (LLC)
    5%

    11 years

  6. Mergers and acquisitions
    5%

    11 years

  7. Securities offerings
    5%

    11 years

  8. Trademark application
    5%

    11 years

  9. Venture capital
    5%

    11 years

I am managing attorney at Rodriques Law, PLLC, a New York City law firm with focus on business, media, sports and entertainment law.

 

I concentrate my practice in the area of film and television development, financing, production and distribution. I represent producers, talent, entertainment companies and entrepreneurs, including a number of startups and emerging companies in media, sports and entertainment technologies.

 

I serve as production counsel to film, TV and media producers and production companies, and help them raise capital for every stage of development, production and distribution. I counsel clients on finance and distribution transactions, rights acquisitions, private equity, development agreements, talent agreements, production agreements, insurance, guild and union matters, copyright and trademark protection, as well as business formation, business development and corporate compliance. I help clients with negotiating service deals and traditional acquisition deals, including traditional theatrical release. I also counsel clients in developing new ways to capture, synthesize and act on big data in ways that move the sales needle.

 

Being an entrepreneur and filmmaker, I have a keen interest in seeking independent film and television development and financing for features, scripted series and mini-series and creative distribution channels for up and coming artists, filmmakers or producers. I help clients package talent and simultaneously, I’m talking to financiers, funding bodies, distributors and sales agents, strategizing and course-correcting along the way. I have a keen understanding of the physical, technical, creative and fiscal processes that go into a production and possess the industry and investment contacts that ensure a production gets finished on time. It is in this area, that my expertise with law and business merge, which makes me most effective to my clients.

 

I counsel clients in adapting existing intellectual property like books, films, documentaries and video games into feature film and series ideas, including television and web series. I represent clients in the protection, negotiation, acquisition, and licensing of trademarks, copyrights and publicity rights.

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Licensed for 10 years
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Donovan

Rodriques Law, PLLC
54 W 40th Street
New York, NY, 10018

Reviews

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Posted by Steve | August 30, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
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Personable and professional. He knows his stuff and is a delight to deal with. Highly recommended!
Posted by James | January 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Friendly, Detailed, and Always Willing to Help
I have worked with Donovan for years. It is great working with him and having him on my side, he is always true to his word and gets things done in a timely manner. He has been a tremendous help for me and for my restaurant business. He has always pointed me in the right direction, even if it was a direction I did not want to go down (he always has my best intrests in mind even if I do not see them). He is always available to answer all my questions, help me when I am stuck and when dealing with potential business changes and partnerships. He has been a huge help in regards to business tax, partnership contracts and employee relations just to name a few. I truely could not ask for anyone better.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Loved the service!
A few years ago I used the services of Rodriques Law to help launch my small business. The attorney provided thorough and very frank feedback on how to steer my business idea. He created a very detailed business plan and helped me set up the business as an LLC. In addition he also provided sound marketing and financial advice which I still use today.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Guy for Any Job
I must say that Donovan has done a exceptional job handling my recent settlement for a project that recently went diamond on the charts. I would recommend him for any small or major entertainment issue. He breaks everything down from start to finish, making sure you understand exactly what's going on; not along with that pays attention to details when it comes to time stamp of events. As a upcoming exectuvie producer my publishing company and record label is underway the proper way because of him. I genuinely would like to thank you again from the entire Palm Tree Flow Records team. Nigel
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional
Donovan was professional and thorough. Very knowledgeable.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Business and Entertainment Attorney
  • Rodriques Law PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • CEO and General Counsel
  • Sunset Pictures
  • 2003 - 2015

Education

  • University of Edinburgh School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2000
  • University of the West Indies
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Business Attorney & Entertainment Lawyer - No Legal Cases

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Entertainment Lawyers Group (NY)
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Club
  • Brooklyn College Student Forensics
  • 2005

Publications

  • NYSBA Fall/Winter 2013 Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal
  • How to Obtain Indie Film Financing
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Workshop Series
  • Basic Contracts for your Business
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (1)
Endorse Donovan
Unknown Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Other
"Donovan's published answer to legal questions about entertainment law and intellectual property issues are well-informed and to the point. I am happy to endorse this attorney."
Entertainment Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donovan has a terrific combination of knowledge of the many laws applicable to the entertainment industry and experience in entertainment endeavors, from both a business and legal perspective. Further, he is an interesting and engaging person. I am pleased to endorse him."
Business Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rodriques is very skilled attorney and an asset to have on your side in any business negotiation."
Business Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Donovan is a well-regarded and driven attorney who has provided exceptional legal representation to numerous clients throughout the U.S. With his extensive knowledge, broad experience and impressive professional skills, he is bound to invest his time and energy into achieving the best outcome for each case, regardless of its level of complexity."
Business Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Rodriques provides wonderful incites into the law and clearly communicates them, I endorse him."
Business Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Donavan for several years through the NYC Legal community. He has always presented himself in a professional, respectful and intelligent manner. I know that Donavan loves what he does and I have no doubt that he does an excellent job for his clients on business and entertainment issues."
Business Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent, sharp attorney with a great focus, acumen and wit."
Entertainment Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donovan has consistently impressed me with his knowledge of the entertainment industry and the laws related to it. I have called upon him a few time for advice on how to properly work through issues in this area."
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