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 and owners and controllers of intellectual property in the fields of music, TV, motion picture, fashion, book publishing and radio. 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.
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 five years ago, studying music in high school and graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in music. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a musician, a talent buyer/concert promoter, and a personal manager, all of which have allowed her to bring a unique insight to the practice of law. She is an expert at strategizing and solving complex and sophisticated legal and business issues relating to contracts, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and litigation. With her background in both the law and the music business, she combines a fresh perspective to problem-solving with extraordinary organizational skills. In addition, 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 2015, Dina was named to both the Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers Top Music Business Attorneys and Billboard’s Top Music Lawyers. Dina has taught a course entitled "Legal and Practical Aspects of the Music Business" in the Entertainment Studies Department at the UCLA Extension Program since 2001 and teaches and lectures all over the United States, Canada, and Europe on issues that affect creators’ rights. She has written op-eds for numerous online publications, including political news source The Hill, and has been quoted in a wide range of print and online media including Billboard, Rolling Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Huffington Post. Dina also served as the editor of Building Your Artist’s Brand as a Business, published by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers in 2012. 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.
Committees and Boards (Past and Present)
Attorney Advisor to the Grammys Creators Alliance; Board Member, Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies; Member, Los Angeles Music Leaders Roundtable under U.S. Representative Judy Chu (CA-27).