also known as NC Entertainment Lawyer, NC IP Lawyer
I am passionate about, effective at, and dedicated to helping entrepreneurs in entertainment, small business, early stage start-ups, and growing companies develop or improve upon strong foundations and frameworks for success. McAlpine PLLC serves start-ups, early stage start-ups, entertainment (film, television, music, arts, & theatre companies and talent) clients in the areas of contracts, crowdfunding, private finance, venture capital, IP (copyright & trademark), unfair competition law, & litigation.
In entertainment I represent Grammy, Emmy, BET Award, Telly, and NC Music Awards recipients. In my career I've represented clients to Caroline, Capitol, Def Jam, Island, Roc-a-Fella, Republic, Razor & Tie, Kobalt, BET, Live Nation, Tommy Boy, Blue Note, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, The Agency Group, Universal Attractions, Warner Music, Warner/Chappell, Red, Sony, Sony Worldwide, Sony/ATV, Columbia, Entertainment One, Universal Music Group, EMI/Capitol, Epic, Primary Wave, Atlantic, 30 Tigers, Red Bull, DTP, Disco Donnie Presents, Russell Simmons Music Group, NBC/Universal, CBS, Speed TV, Fox Sports 1, Universal Studios, Netflix, Lawrence Bender Productions, Pandora, Comedy Zone, Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets, and many other entertainment companies. My clients include managers (music), producers (music, tv & film), production companies, songwriters, playwrights, authors, comedians, emerging artists and entertainment executives in various fields of entertainment.
Alonzo McAlpine Alston, Esq. was born in Savannah, GA, is a loving and dedicated husband and father of two as well as results driven, service oriented, and client-focused attorney.
Attorney Alston was born to entrepreneurial parents who were heavily involved in the civil rights movement, and is a product of their strong influence and guidance to purpose his life and endeavors on social equality, cause-driven activism, and self-reliance with a focus on empowerment through community building. These values have also influenced his desire to continually exhibit integrity, maintain ownership of his work-product, and develop clear goal-oriented communications.
Attorney Alston said, "[O]ne of the primary reasons I became an attorney was to make sure that people knew what I didn't know when I started out in business. I wanted people to know the value of strong agreements and be able to speak to an attorney that had been on the wrong end of a bad deal. Someone's got to fight for the little guy in business."
Entrepreneurship has been a driving force in his life, and began at an early age. Since his first lemonade stand and video game exchange, Attorney Alston has sought to maximize value for his clients. In 2001, Attorney Alston founded Movement Productions (now, Movement Productions, LLC) to provide quality event oriented entertainment and information services and resources. Similarly, Attorney Alston established McAlpine PLLC to provide client focused and dedicated customer service yielding high-quality legal counsel in a variety of practice areas.
Languages spoken: English, French
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Superb Rated Attorney||Avvo||2015|
|Client Choice Award - Entertainment, Business, IP, Contracts||Avvo||2015|
|Superb Rated Attorney||Avvo||2014|
|Excellent Rated Attorney||Avvo||2013|
|CALI Award - Torts (II) Highest Grade||Charlotte School of Law/Center for Computer‑Assisted Legal Instruction||N/A|
|Dean's Special Recognition Award||Charlotte School of Law||N/A|
|Pro Bono Service Award||NCBA||N/A|
|Managing Member||McAlpine PLLC||2010 - Present|
|Of Counsel||Ken Harris & Associates, P.A.||2010 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Section||Past Treasurer||2011 - Present|
|NCBA||Co-chair, YLD - Minority Focus Committee||2010 - Present|
|Mecklenburg County Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|John S. Leary Bar Association||N/A||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Carolina Entertainment Network||Advisory Board||2012 - 2014|
|North Carolina Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Section||Chair, Music and Film Committee||2010 - 2011|
|Chappell Adult Day Care, LLC, et al. v. Wildrick, et al.||Bench trial. Judgement for plaintiffs.|
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|Charlotte School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||Communications - Media Studies|Media Production||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2004|
|Entertainment, Music, Movies and the Law||Publishing 101||2013|
|Power 98 Presents The “Future Flavas Music Summit 2012″: Taking It To The Next Level||McAlpine PLLC| NC Entertainment Lawyer Breakout Session - Music Publishing and Copyrights||2012|
|Power 98 Presents The “Future Flavas Music Summit 2012″: Taking It To The Next Level||The Basic - Entertainment Contracts, etc.||2012|
|MAY CEN MIXER||Copyright 101||2012|
|Lunch Talk||Entertainment Law||2012|
|MidAtlantic Music Conference||Entertainment Law||2011|
|Making The Right Moves Entertainment||Entertainment Law||2011|
|Future Flavas Music Summit||Entertainment Law||2011|
|Carolinas Entertainment Network Mixer||Entertainment Law - Copyright Law & Publishing||2011|