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Alonzo McAlpine Alston

also known as NC Entertainment Lawyer, NC IP Lawyer

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About me

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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Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 40%
    7 years
  2. Business: 20%
    7 years
  3. Litigation: 15%
    7 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 15%
    7 years
  5. Contracts: 10%
    7 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


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    Attorney Alston knows the law and how to make it work for his clients. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

McAlpine PLLC - NC Entertainment | Business Law Firm

1000 Music Factory Blvd
Ste. B10
Charlotte, NC, 28206


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Superb Rated AttorneyAvvo2015
Client Choice Award - Entertainment, Business, IP, ContractsAvvo2015
Superb Rated AttorneyAvvo2014
Excellent Rated AttorneyAvvo2013
CALI Award - Torts (II) Highest GradeCharlotte School of Law/Center for Computer‑Assisted Legal InstructionN/A
Dean's Special Recognition AwardCharlotte School of LawN/A
Pro Bono Service AwardNCBAN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberMcAlpine PLLC2010 - Present
Of CounselKen Harris & Associates, P.A.2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law SectionPast Treasurer2011 - Present
NCBACo-chair, YLD - Minority Focus Committee2010 - Present
Mecklenburg County Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
John S. Leary Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law SectionN/A2009 - Present
Carolina Entertainment NetworkAdvisory Board2012 - 2014
North Carolina Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law SectionChair, Music and Film Committee2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chappell Adult Day Care, LLC, et al. v. Wildrick, et al.Bench trial. Judgement for plaintiffs.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Charlotte School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillCommunications - Media Studies|Media ProductionBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Entertainment, Music, Movies and the LawPublishing 1012013
Power 98 Presents The “Future Flavas Music Summit 2012″: Taking It To The Next LevelMcAlpine PLLC| NC Entertainment Lawyer Breakout Session - Music Publishing and Copyrights2012
Power 98 Presents The “Future Flavas Music Summit 2012″: Taking It To The Next LevelThe Basic - Entertainment Contracts, etc.2012
MAY CEN MIXERCopyright 1012012
Lunch TalkEntertainment Law2012
MidAtlantic Music ConferenceEntertainment Law2011
Making The Right Moves EntertainmentEntertainment Law2011
Future Flavas Music SummitEntertainment Law2011
Carolinas Entertainment Network MixerEntertainment Law - Copyright Law & Publishing2011