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John Eric Seay

Entertainment Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About John

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Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    90%
    Artists are small businesses and should approach their art with the same rigor as other business owners. The Seay Firm LLC can help you draft and negotiate band agreements, licensing agreements, gallery agreements, and record deals.

    14 years

  2. Intellectual property
    10%
    The Seay Firm LLC can help secure and protect your intellectual property, whether it’s your trademarks, copyrights, or trade secrets.

    14 years

The Seay Firm is an entertainment law firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. We are artist advocates, dedicated to advising and protecting all manner of artists and arts-related businesses.

Our founder, John Seay, is a former artist with a decade of experience in the entertainment industry as a musician, tour manager, and writer. John spent three years as Of Counsel in the entertainment practice group in the Nashville office of Loeb & Loeb and worked in the legal department at Turner Broadcasting before founding The Seay Firm in 2011.

In 2021 and 2022, John was named a Top Music Lawyer by Billboard. He has also been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer and a Georgia Trend Legal Elite, both in the fields of entertainment law. John has spoken about entertainment law at SXSW, the Americana Festival, and the AJC Decatur Book Festival, and is presently Chair of the State Bar of Georgia Entertainment & Sports Law Section.

John is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served as Executive Articles Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and President of The Sports & Entertainment Law Society. He’s also a husband and father, and lives in Decatur with his wife and two daughters. Follow John on Twitter and Instagram: @TheSeayFirmLLC.

 

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Location

The Seay Firm LLC
750 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA, 30308

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Posted by Jungmin | December 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgable and kind attorney for entertainers
I asked him about the process of copyright and trademark registration. He introduced me his article, which explains details of the processes. After I read his article, I could understand the whole process clearly. He kindly answered all the questions I had about the issue. I highly recommend him to producers and musicians who want to protect their copyrights and trademarks.
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Posted by Margaret | June 10, 2015
Someone you can really Trust!
I talked to John Eric Seay several years ago, when a recording my husband made in 1958 , was being sold illegally. He took care of the problem immediately, He was very honest, straightforward and understanding. I would highly recommend you choose him.
Posted by Richie Nuzz | June 9, 2015
The guy you need
John is a great lawyer and is always there when I need him. I feel safe knowing I can talk to someone like a friend and have the best interest in making smart moves in my career the legal way.
Posted by Mr. and Mrs. T. Craven | February 20, 2015
Customer for Life..
My wife and I had researched several entertainment lawyers in the Atlanta area before we hired Attorney John Seay to represent my son and his entertainment group. As any parent would do, we wanted to make sure he had the best and was in good hands. There were several entertainment lawyers that seemed more established and qualified, but either our case wasn't big enough or it was going to be delegated to somebody else and so we continued to look because that attitude wasn't good enough for us. Then we came across Attorney Seay and the one thing that stood out to my wife and I was the fact that he is an artist. He knows the obstacles artist face in the music industry and he is able to break the law down so a non-lawyer like me could fully understand our son’s legal rights and how to protect them. He has a passion that is evident after your first consultation and you know you are fully represented by somebody that is not only fully knowledgeable and qualified but, you know he cares about the artist. We didn't find that in any of the other lawyers we consulted with and researched. His professional expertise and immediate attention he gave to our son’s case would have been enough to warrant a glowing review. But the best review we can give is to say that he will be our lawyer going forward and we will NEVER make any legal decisions in this cutthroat music industry without his approval… NEVER… Mr. and Mrs. T. Craven
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Posted by Doris | August 12, 2014
Knowledgeable, Professional and ETHICAL.
I am an actress who was having a hard time getting my old agency in Atlanta to stop renewing contracts and to get clients to stop using my image after the contract was over. It had been over year, and I had been unsuccessfull at getting all three parties to cease-and-desist. Sure, the money that I was owed was far less then what most law firms were charging, but I wanted them to stop taking advantage of the situation. I had previously talked with other lawyers who wanted to charge me upfront just to see if I even had a case; while others flat out told me to just suck it up. Luckily, I came across Mr. John Seay who was AMAZING. And trust me, this is an understatement. Not only did he give me a free consultation, but once I hired him, my images where taken down and I was paid the money that I was owed. All within two months!!! He was professional, knowledgeable and more importantly...ETHICAL. You can tell that he loves what he does but he loves his clients even more.
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Posted by Ashley | July 20, 2014
Couldn't have asked for a better lawyer!
I have worked with John twice in recent years and both times he has been nothing but fantastic. He is quick to reply, very helpful, and quite available. The first time I worked with John, I was chasing after a truant client on the other side of the country. Despite my countless emails, I never got so much as a reply from them. One letter from John, though, and it was like a switch going off! Resolution came swiftly and well to my satisfaction, entirely thanks to John's guidance, advice, and authority! The second time, I was preparing to negotiate a contract with John's help. The situation changed somewhat, and though the contract ended up never needing to be drafted, John continued to supply his expertise and suggestions until, yet again, the matter was resolved! I'm not sure what all else I can say without repeating my songs of praise for John's services. If you are a creative type in need of legal help, seriously, look no further!
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Posted by Marcus | July 20, 2014
Make Music Count review of the Seay Firm
John Seay is an excellent lawyer and has helped me tremendously with the building of my company Make Music Count LLC. He gives great advice and is very responsive when it comes to questions that need answers in a timely fashion. He is also wry knowledgeable and has helped me properly setup all the business needs for my company. I highly recommend the Seay Firm.
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Posted by Joseph Nelson | January 15, 2013
Fast, thorough and knowledgeable.
I recently used John Seay to look over a contract. He advised me on a couple of changes and got everything straightened out and explained everything to me thoroughly. He had helped me in the past with some advice on copyrights and necessary processing steps to get paid for my work. It all worked great for me. Really good bedside manner, too. Pleasant, but professional. Thanks, John!
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Posted by Celeste | October 3, 2012
Highly Recommended. Excellent, Thorough, and Personable Attorney.
I can't say enough about how excellent it is to work with John Seay. As a musical artist, he has navigated me through complex legal matters while providing sound professional advice in terms that I can understand. He not only knows the ins and outs of entertainment law, he is also very knowledgeable of the music industry in general, and I have found his insight invaluable to my career. He is approachable, friendly, and straight forward. He takes the time to really answer your questions in a thorough and clear manner. He seems to genuinely care about your success as an artist. I HIGHLY recommend working with John.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2012
excellent advice
I am a freelance writer but unfamiliar with book contracts. The details in the contract were making me feel very uncomfortable with the project -- specifically, the timeline, and certain costs. It felt like my rights were not being represented, so I was referred to John by the Atlanta Bar Association. He calmed me down, advised me to call the publisher, express my concerns, and try to negotiate changes for the greater good of the project. He gave me specific language to use in presenting my requests so they would have legal weight. I just got off the phone with the publisher, and it looks like everything will be worked out -- and my needs will be met. They are also agreeing to rewrite the contract to include these points. I very much appreciate Johns insights into the publishing industry. He provided very good advice. I will certainly have him review any future contracts.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Seay Firm LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Of Cousel
  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Contract Attorney
  • Turner Entertainment, Inc.
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Legal Specialist
  • McKesson Corporation
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Georgia Law Association Fellow
  • Southern Environmental Law Center
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Equal Justice Foundation Fellow
  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Birmingham-Southern College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Smith v. Jenkins, et al.
  • Settled
  • Landas v. Brown, et al.
  • Settled
  • Copyright Infringement Case Against International Retailer
  • Settled

Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia, Entertainment and Sports Law Section
  • Chair, Entertainment
  • 2016 - Present
  • #weloveatl
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • The Recording Academy
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Working Title Playwrights
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Music Lawyer
  • Billboard
  • 2022
  • Top Music Lawyer
  • Billboard
  • 2021
  • Rising Star - Entertainment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star - Entertainment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star - Entertainment Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star - Entertainment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Legal Elite - Entertainment Law
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2016
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2010
  • Public Interest Fellowship for Non-Profit Work
  • Georgia Law Association
  • 2010
  • Fellowship for Non-Profit Work
  • Equal Justice Foundation
  • 2008
  • Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship
  • Alabama Law Foundation
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Journal of Intellectual Property Law
  • You Look Complicated Today: Representing An Illegal Graffiti Artist in a Copyright Infringement Case Against a Major International Retailer
  • 2013
  • Copyright, Newsletter for the Entertainment & Sports Law Section (State Bar of Georgia)
  • Why Pandora Wants to Pay Less and What It Means for Licensing Reform
  • 2013
  • National Wetlands Newsletter
  • Look Again: Using Existing Statutory Authority to Protect Geographically Isolated Wetlands
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • University of Georgia Music Business Program
  • Attorneys and Managers
  • 2016
  • Pre-Law Society - Emory Law
  • Pre-Law Society - Emory Law
  • 2015
  • Georgia Law Intellectual Property Law Society
  • The Intersection of Intellectual Property Law and Entertainment Law
  • 2014
  • Secret Stages Music Festival
  • Artist Revenue Streams
  • 2013
  • GMIA Legal Clinic
  • Entertainment Law
  • 2013
  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts Seminar
  • How To Register Your Copyrights
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (7)
Endorse John
Entertainment Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Friend
"I knew John first as a musician and music journalist, and I have been so impressed and inspired by his career trajectory. I have had the pleasure of hosting him on a number of entertainment law panels, and his insight is always invaluable. He is one of the few attorneys who can unpack the intricacies of digital revenue streams in a way that any layperson can understand. A smart, funny and friendly attorney who knows this business inside and out."
Entertainment Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a diligent attorney who cares about his clients. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs assistance in entertainment law."
Entertainment Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John holds himself to the highest standards and is extremely knowledgeable of the complex IP, contracts and business considerations involved in Entertainment Law. I enjoyed working with him here at McKesson."
Entertainment Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Friend
"John is a great lawyer and a great member of the community. John works tirelessly to help his clients and really cares about doing what is best for them. John also does a great job of communicating with his clients and guiding them through the legal process."
Entertainment Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"No one better. John courageously started his own practice in an area he is passionate about - and his passion shines through in his work. He's a great attorney."
Intellectual property Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is the first attorney I think of when a client or friends has an intellectual property or entertainment law issue. John is passionate about his practice areas and dedicated to ensuring his clients get the best possible outcome."
Entertainment Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John for a long time and find him to be a supremely intelligent, honest, and hard working man. I would not hesitate endorsing John for his Entertainment Law practice as he is well respected and admired throughout his field."
Entertainment Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend John for entertainment law, intellectual property, and small businesses. I have worked with John on several matters and found him to be intelligent, insightful, and professional. We need more attorneys like John in the legal community."
Intellectual property Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Friend
"John is the rare lawyer who doesn't just talk the talk--he knows the ins and outs of intellectual property law because he's passionate about the arts. But his experience extends to all small business. When someone comes to me with a small business issue, I have one answer: Call John."
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is my go-to resource for all my Intellectual Property issues. He's knowledgeable, passionate about his craft, and a zealous defender of his client's rights. If you're an artist, musician or have any IP issues, I highly recommend John Seay for the job."
Entertainment Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is very passionate and invested in his clients because he loves what he does. He talks, eats, and sleeps music. He can both advise a client on the steps needed to secure song rights and converse with them about which Led Zeppelin album rocks the hardest. I highly recommend him to anyone in the entertainment industry."
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