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Travis Life is an attorney at the entertainment, media and intellectual property law firm Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC in Chicago. Travis represents artists and art related businesses including actors, designers, musicians, songwriters, writers, independent record companies, management companies, film production companies and other media companies with their legal needs. In addition to consulting, negotiating and drafting entertainment agreements, Travis assists artists and media companies with their intellectual property management and litigation needs.



Travis has negotiated and drafted various entertainment agreements including Artist Management Agreements, Cast & Crew Agreements, Live Performance & Festival Contracts, Music Licenses, Production Agreements, and Recording Contracts. He has formed music marketing companies, music management businesses, production companies, and other multi-media companies. Travis also manages intellectual property of music artists, media companies and record labels. Travis has also successfully prosecuted complex civil matters in state and federal court, prosecuted copyright infringement matters and prosecuted and defended breach of contract actions.



Travis is an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law where he teaches Entertainment Law. He is also one of the founding members and current President of the Associate Board for the non-for profit legal assistance organization Lawyers for the Creative Arts. Travis is currently the Membership Chair for the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. He was named “Illinois Rising Star” in Arts & Entertainment as one of the top 2.5 percent of Illinois attorneys under forty or 10 years of practice in the entertainment field



Prior to joining Leavens Strand & Glover, LLC, Travis was the principal at Life Law Office LLC, an entertainment law firm in Chicago. He also held leadership positions at the Chicago Bar Association including serving as Chair of the Young Lawyers Creative Arts Committee and Media and Entertainment Law Committee.


A fifth-generation lawyer who attended college on a theatre scholarship, Travis found his calling behind the scenes. He developed his love of the Arts at an early age, singing country and classic rock songs and playing the trumpet. At 16, he became the youngest disc jockey in his hometown, working for the college radio station.


Travis is licensed to practice in Illinois and California.


Practice Areas

Copyright Matters

Music Management Agreements

Film, Television, Theatre and Music Production Agreements

Talent Agreements

Recording Contracts

Licensing Agreements

Entertainment Matters

Trademark Matters




University of Iowa

Chicago-Kent College of Law



Bar Admissions




Court Admissions

California Supreme Court

Illinois Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois



Teaching Positions

Name of School: DePaul University College of Law

Name of Course: Entertainment Law

Semester: Spring

Course Description: Teaching Entertainment Law, which focuses on various aspects of entertainment law practice including performance contracts, managers and agents, recording and publishing agreements and music licensing.


Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 75%
    14 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    14 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mary Elizabeth Bluma

    I endorse this lawyer. Travis is a very diligent and hard-working attorney who is very knowledgeable in many different facets of entertainment law. He is also a great litigator.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I endorse this lawyer's work.


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Contact info

Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC

203 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2550
Chicago, IL, 60601


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200305/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star, Illinois Entertainment LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLeavens, Strand & Glover, LLC2015 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorDePaul University, College of Law2015 - Present
AttoneryLife Law Office2007 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports IndustriesMembership Chair2009 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Media and Entertainment Law CommitteeChair2011 - 2012
Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Creative Arts CommitteeChair2010 - 2013
Chicago Bar Association, Media and Entertainment Law CommitteeVice Chair2010 - 2011
American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm DivisionChair, Intellectual Property Committee2009 - 2011
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionChair, Arts, Entertainment and Sports Committee2009 - 2010
Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionVice-Chair, Creative Arts Committee2009 - 2010
ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports IndustriesYLD Liaison2007 - 2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of IowaN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Television ProductionLegal Issues in Production2015
Pro Bono WeekPro Bono for the Practictioner2015
Music Business ClassEntertainment Law2015
FX LakeThe Show, The Business: Defining Real Revenue Streams for Artists2015
Pro Bono CLEPro Bono for the Solo2014
Bootcamp: Music 101Artist Management and Studio Agreements2014
Moxie ConferenceLawyer Up! Practical Legal Advice for Creative Businesses2013
Chicago Creative Expo 2013Don't Get *&^% Know Your Artist Contracts2013
Band:SmartMusicians: What Are You Rights..2013
Media and Entertainment CommitteeLegal Issues with Music Festivals2012
Gallery NightSee Art Talk2012
Creative Arts CommitteePitch Cases2012
ContractsEntertainment Agreements2012
Chicago Creative Expo 2012Board Service2012
OnBOARD ProgramIntellectual Property for Non For-Profits2011
Entertainment and Sports Law Student AssociationCareer in Entertainment Law2011
OnBoard ProgramOnBOARD Panel Discussion2009
Local Music Revolution FestivalChicago Music Industry Professionals Panel2009
Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Annual MeetingYoung Lawyers Panel2008
Forum on the Entertainment And Sports Industries, Annual MeetingYoung Lawyer/ Law Student Orientation: Your Questions Answered2007