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Alonzo McAlpine Alston

Entertainment Attorney at Charlotte, NC

4.9   31 reviews

also known as NC Entertainment Lawyer, NC Trademark Lawyer

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Alonzo

Learn Alonzo’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    55%
    law related to concerts, events, performances, conferences, music, bands, artists, film, television productions, dance, theater, playwrights, directors, producers, reality tv, screenwriters, script writers, music recording, music recording, music production, art, photography, event promotion, venue related issues, promotions, marketing, publicity, public relations, management, licensing, copyright, negotiations, private finance, capital acquisition, contracts/agreements, venues, minor performers

    15 years

  2. Intellectual property
    20%
    copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, & entertainment

    15 years

  3. Business
    15%
    general business counsel, formation, start-up, leases, loans, private finance, merger, acquisition, employment agreements & issues, nonprofit, 501(c)(3), buy-sell, equipment purchase, outsourcing, insurance evaluation, IP strategy, risk assessment, negotiations, private finance, capital acquisition, contracts/agreements, debt issuance, equity

    15 years

  4. Contracts and agreements
    10%
    landlord/tenant, insurance, debt, entertainment, events, service, professional services, independent contractor, employment, stock subscription, buy-sell, operating agreements, private finance

    15 years

I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TO ACHIEVE MORE THAN YOU THINK IS POSSIBLE.

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. 

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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.

Awards

Client's Choice 2017,2016,2015
Client's Choice
2017 2016 2015

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Location

McAlpine PLLC - NC Entertainment Law & Business Law Firm

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  31 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Okeefe 3D | August 26, 2012
Record label & Publishing Company Set up
I contacted Attorney Alston and he replied to set up a meeting. He first listened to what I wanted to do. Gave his professional insight and legal knowledge and suggestions. Once he understood my budget and schedule traveling in and out of town with my current job, he was very flexible with both. His main statement to me was, : if you are serious, and I really believe you are, then I will do all I can to assist you in getting your businesses set up right". He met me many times after 5 and 6 pm due to my work schedule and his work/case load. Be flexible, real, honest and SERIOUS about what you want and plan to accomplish when you go t meet with him. I was impressed when he attended a local entertainment/music and artist work shop sponsored by Power 98 as part of the legal council. His advise and response from the artist there was greatly received. He truly wants to make sure Charlotte artist have local professional entertainment and business representation. You don't have to go to New York , California or Atlanta for the same if not better and I believe a fair and just price. let us support our local attorney so they will remain here in Charlotte and the surrounding areas for all local artist, labels, publishers, writers, producers, actors, etc. in the Entertainment industry and any business you're in. Again, be SERIOUS and he WILL help you!!! Thank You and I will continue utilize his services.
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Posted by NSC Music Group, LLC | March 10, 2014
Entertainment Client/Artist
I was recommended by a business associate to Mac Alston. From the time we first spoke, I could tell that he really cared about me as an artist and my best interest. He was excellent at setting realistic expectations with me and delivering on them. Mac established my LLC as well as other business ventures that are on the rise. Mac charges fairly, and has a great network of other professionals to reach out to. I am delighted that he answers his phone, returns calls promptly, and handled anything I needed him for pertaining to my business and he provides stellar services. Mac is a hasty thinker and undeniably the attorney you want to protect you. My expectations are high and he never has disappointed in handling all aspects of legal for my entertainment company. I was impressed by his forthright approach, honesty, and sincerity. Mac is definitely a cut above most professionals, yet compassionate. Without a doubt he is intelligent, experienced, and assertive and yet, I never felt he was egotistical, boastful, or condescending. Mac truly has catered to my necessities in order for me to be successful. He always has innovative concepts relevant to me as his client. My working relationship with Mac is NOT at and end yet. The awesome mechanism about Mac is, he assists anyone who is passionate about their skill. Thank you Mac!
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Passion beyond expectations
From the first sentence I knew Alonzo possessed a kind of passion for his work that separated him from the other lawyers I reached out to. Even in a field that's emerging and cutting-edge as crypto mining, he seemed interested in learning the most he could and walk me through the meaning of the language used. If you need anything blockchain, crypto, or smart contract related, he's the guy.
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Posted by James | July 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Website owner
Attorney Alston provided excellent legal advice. I HIGHLY recommend scheduling a consultation for any business opportunities. I’m was looking to build my business and he provide clear, precise, and easily understandable law advice. I feel hundred percent more confident in my entrepreneurial pursuits after the visit. If you are in the Charlotte area check him out.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney- highly recommend
Mr. Alston worked with our company to secure registered trademarks of our name and logo. He provided education on the process and clear plan and timeline. The process was made very easy and successful because of the hard work and dedication of Mr. Alston. It was a pleasure to work with him and would not only retain him in the future but would recommend to any of my family or friends.
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Posted by Karina | February 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advice
I first met Alonzo through a networking event. He was poised, professional and knowledgeable. So I decided to reach out to him to review a contract that I needed help understanding. He asked me specific questions about my goals and what exactly I wanted to achieve. We then went over the contract agreement and he put into laymen’s terms what certain words meant and how they fit into the context of the agreement. He explained to me that the contract was not in my best interest, and advised me not to sign it. I walked away from that meeting with a new understanding and self awareness. I recommend Alonzo to anyone who needs help grasping legal documents. I was so grateful and pleased with our meeting that I look forward to working with Alonzo in the future.
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Posted by Brittany | August 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Committed to excellence
Mr. Alston is committed to serving his clients with excellence! I contacted him because I needed help reviewing a contract before I signed it. Mr. Alston did a thorough review of the contract. During our consultation, he pointed out which parts of the contract would have put me at risk, revised the language so that I was protected, answered all of my questions, and educated me about the importance of protecting myself and my business. Mr. Alston is very knowledgeable, professional, and a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Alex | October 10, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Business Consultation
I contacted Mr. Alston and we sat down for a consultation for business start up. I knew I wasn't fully prepare but I wanted to make sure I was headed in the right direction. Mr. Alston did just that he made me aware of hidden or simple cost that I wasn't aware of and made sure I understood how to prepare for them. He also broke down my business plan and critique it in a way so I only could improve. I really appreciate the time he took with me and I feel even better about the next steps I need to take to pursue my goals.
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Posted by Alene | September 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional
If I was asked to describe Attorney Alston in one word it would be human. In his world of technology, I have sadly realized that humanity is often times lost when interacting with one other. However, that is not what I experienced while working with Attorney Alston. Not only was he passionate about my case he was compassionate about my needs as well. This was all provided in the professional manner any client could only hope to receive from their attorney. I was truely pleased with my outcome and knew without a shadow of a doubt that he worked entirely in my favor. I would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Sandra | June 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Novel Adaptation to Film
Attorney Alston was recommended by an acquaintance in Madison, Wisconsin where I live. Within a week of contacting him, he provided advice, clarified issues I didn't understand as a publisher and author about granting permission rights for my work to be adapted for film and/or television and drew up a "Literary Adaptation Agreement." I'm awed by his expertise and commitment to his clients. I now consider him my attorney for all of my intellectual property and entertainment related needs.
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Posted by Kevin Pinckney | May 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing Consultation
I had an amazing consultation regarding an infringement case I'm faceing. I've spoken to a few other legal advisors and legit was the only one who actually understood the case and didn't get intimidated by the complexity of it. The guy is simply flat out smart.
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and professional
Alonzo Austin was definitely informative with helping me and my client with an entertainment contract issue. It went through the contract line by line explaining in details what it said and meant and helped consult us to a solution to our contractual issue
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
Helpful and understanding. He took his time explaining what needed to be done. Thanks. Victorine
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Provision of limited advice
I found Attorney Alston's office via review of the internet. My son had to fill out a short questionnaire relating to the entertainment industry, and we were unclear of the meanings of a couple of terms in the questionnaire. When I googled entertainment attorneys, Attorney Alstons' office was one of the first ones that came up. Although we are not clients of Attorney Alston, he took the time to listen and provide feedback.
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Posted by Dempsey | February 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Television Script Contract
I met with attorney Alston recently to speak about a contract and it's validity and enforceability concerning my script and characters that I created for a television show. Mr. Alston went through the contract and different probabilities throughly with me before giving me his opinion that laid to rest any concerns I had. He was very professional and even took the time to look up actual case study to share with me in his office. I would defiantly use his services again and refer him to others!
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Posted by Lundon Knighten | January 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Take Your Business To The Top With Attorney Alston
My name is Lundon, I am a human currently working with attorney Alonzo, Alston. I trust attorney Alston with my entire career! His expertise, patience and professionalism are top tier. Since becoming a client of Alonzo Alston not only have I grown my business, but his insight has helped me to attain more knowledge in various aspects of the entertainment industry.
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Posted by Cassy P. | November 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience!
I can only say great things about Mr. Alston! He was professional, knowledgeable, and he actually got me more in my settlement than I even expected. Communication about my case status was clear, and consistent. Most importantly, my business legal matter was resolved quickly, and with ease. I would definitely recommend his legal services! Very happy!!!
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Response from Alonzo Alston December 2, 2015
Thank you for your great review! I'm happy that you were pleased with the results we were able to achieve for you & your business by reaching a pre-litigation settlement of your business & personal claims from a tough defendant.
Posted by Sharon | November 9, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Service
Attorney Alston was very helpful during my commercial lease negotiation process. He provided great advice during the lease review; he went above and beyond, exemplifying genuine care for my best interest. Attorney Alston was very knowledgeable, professional, and patient. I would highly recommend his services.
Response from Alonzo Alston December 2, 2015
Thank you, Sharon! It was a pleasure working with you, and we look forward to working with you in the future.
Posted by Robert | October 13, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Cease and desist letter, Infringement
Mr. Alonzo was extremely helpful, and knowledgeable. He also was patient with helping me and my situation. He took his time to listen to all of the details. He carefully listened to all of the information that I given, then came with a Honest answer. Great attorney, with a great Attitude. Thank you for you Help.
Response from Alonzo Alston December 2, 2015
Thank you, Robert!
Posted by 20/20 Entertainment LLC.. | September 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not just representation and protection but great guidance..!
I found Mr Alston via the web, recommended as a top entertainment lawyer. The recommendation was correct. Gave me guidance that brought my buisiness out of a semi stagnant state. I'd definetly recommend Mr Alston..!
Response from Alonzo Alston December 2, 2015
I look forward to 20/20's continued success! It's been fun working with your team.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • McAlpine PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Ken Harris & Associates, P.A.
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • Charlotte School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2009
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • B.A.
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Quality Home Care Services v. Potentate, LLC
  • Favorable Pre-Trial Settlement For Plaintiff
  • Fuzion Force Entertainment Academy, LLC v. The Dance District, LLC
  • Pre-trial Settlement
  • Abramovic v. Grant et al.
  • Settled
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • 2017 - Present
  • 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
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • John S. Leary Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • Carolinas Entertainment Network
  • President
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Carolinas Entertainment Network
  • Advisory Board
  • 2012 - 2014
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Section
  • Chair, Music and Film Committee
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Top 40 Under 40 (NC)
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Rising Star - NC
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 40 Under 40 (NC)
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Leaders In The Law
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2021
  • Rising Star - NC
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40 (NC)
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40 (NC)
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star - NC
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Under 40 (NC)
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star - NC
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star - NC
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40 (NC)
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40 (NC)
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40 (NC)
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40 (NC)
  • National Black Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Client Choice Award - Ent, Business, IP, Contracts & Litigation
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Super Rated Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Client Choice Award - Entertainment, Business, IP, Contracts
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Excellent Rated Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • NCBA
  • N/A
  • Dean's Special Recognition Award
  • Charlotte School of Law
  • N/A
  • CALI Award - Torts (II) Highest Grade
  • Charlotte School of Law/Center for Computer‑Assisted Legal Instruction
  • N/A
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Lunch Talk
  • Entertainment Law
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (4)
Endorse Alonzo
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Alston's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Alston knows the law and how to make it work for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Alston is an outstanding and excellent attorney. I would recommend anyone and everyone to him for his services. I have been practicing for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, private attorney, and prosecutor, and I learn from his answers on Avvo every day. Simply an exemplary attorney."
Entertainment Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mac Alston is well connected and respected in Charlotte."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Entertainment Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Other
"I have known Mr. Alston since law school and I have always been impressed by his professionalism and work ethic. He was always on top of any project that needed to be completed with a zealousness that is serving his clients well. I would recommend him for any legal issue a client might have."
General practice Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to work with "Mac" on several projects in the past. He is a diligent advocate, meticulous in his research, and passionate about whatever issue he takes on."
Business Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with Mr. Alston on numerous committees and projects over the past three years. He's empathetic, dedicated, and understands the big picture when confronting important issues. I appreciate his work in the legal community, and I recommend his work as a counselor at law."
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Charlotte Entertainment Lawyer Alonzo McAlpine Alston
Alonzo McAlpine Alston
Entertainment Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 14 years
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