Bachelor of Arts in Music
State University of New York at New Paltz
New Paltz, New York
John F. Kennedy University, School of Law
Walnut Creek, California
Dina LaPolt is an attorney who represents celebrities, music artists, and other owners and controllers of intellectual property.
When Dina became an attorney she immediately focused her attention on representing music clients, her area of greatest interest. Her passion for music began over thirty years ago having studied music in high school and college and teaching guitar lessons to children. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a music artist, a talent buyer/concert promoter, a booking agent, and a personal manager; all of which have allowed her to bring a unique insight to the practice of law. Dina is a rarity in the world of entertainment law; a talented attorney whose insightful approach to deal-making and incomparable care for each of her individual client’s needs has put her at the top of her field. Dina is an expert at solving complex and sophisticated legal issues, whether relating to contracts, copyrights or royalty audits and analyses and with her background in both the law and the music business, she combines a fresh perspective to problem solving with extraordinary organizational skills. She serves as an activist for creators and celebrities in the areas of privacy, copyright, and fairness in radio, often becoming involved in legislative matters that affect the rights of her clients and advocating on their behalf. In addition to her expertise in the music business and her representation of multi-platinum Grammy award winning recording artists, songwriters, and music producers, Dina also handles matters relating to the merchandising, radio, book publishing, motion picture and television industries. Specifically, she was the head of business affairs for a major television syndication and she has developed and negotiated production deals for feature films, made for television movies, and Broadway plays.
Dina is regularly asked to speak all over the world on music business and entertainment law panels which have included SXSW and the Sports and Entertainment Law Initiative in Austin, Texas; seminars and lectures for the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York; Future of Music in Washington, DC; Cutting Edge Music Business Conference in New Orleans; NEMO Music Business Conference in Boston, CMJ in New York; Atlantis Music Business Conference in Atlanta; and MIDEM, the annual International Music Business Conference in Cannes, France. Dina has also been featured on numerous talk radio and television shows across the country and has authored numerous articles on the music business, which have been published in the Entertainment Publishing and the Arts Handbook, Mathew Bender Entertainment Industry Contracts: Negotiating and Drafting Guides, publications for the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, A&R Registry, California Lawyers for the Arts Music Business Seminar and various music business publications. She has been quoted in national magazines including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Music Connection. In addition to all her speaking engagements, Dina served as the editor of Building Your Artist’s Brand as a Business, published by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and has been teaching "Legal and Practical Aspects of the Music Business" in the Entertainment Studies Department at the UCLA Extension Program since 2001. She lives a balanced life by combining her passion for fitness and health by working out regularly.
California State Bar Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association; Beverly Hills Bar Association; California Copyright Conference; National Recording Academy of Arts & Sciences; California Lawyers for the Arts; Association of Independent Music Publishers; National Association of Recording Industry Professionals; National Association of Recording Merchandisers; Black Women Entertainment Lawyers (BWEL); ACLU
Committees and Boards
Board Member- Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies, AFTRA Attorney-Managers Advisory Board; SoundExchange Attorney-Managers Advisory Board; Grammy Advocacy Committee, MusicFirst Coalition.