John F. Kennedy University, School of Law
Walnut Creek, California
Bachelor of Arts in Music
State University of New York at New Paltz
New Paltz, New York
Dina LaPolt is an attorney who represents music creators, celebrities, and owners and controllers of intellectual property. 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.
Owner of one of the music industry’s leading law firms, and the only firm of its stature founded and run by a sole female attorney — Dina’s LaPolt Law, P.C. represents superstar entertainers as well as an array of top industry executives and employs nine full-time music attorneys who work together overseeing one of the industry’s most diverse client rosters.
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.
Dina 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.
Dina’s industry-leading advocacy culminated in the passage of the Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA) into law on October 11, 2018, representing the first meaningful copyright reform in decades protecting artists and songwriters. An influencer in both business and policy, she led groundbreaking mediations to help stakeholders come together to create the MMA. Her advocacy, all on a pro-bono basis, was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga). In 2016, Dina made headline news when she orchestrated the filing of a lawsuit against the Department of Justice on behalf of the Songwriters of North America in connection with the DOJ’s mandate requiring 100% licensing by each of the major Performing Rights Organizations.
Dina has been honored with numerous industry accolades including the Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers and Top Music Business Attorneys; Billboard’s Power 100, Women in Music, Music’s Most Powerful Attorneys, and Top Music Lawyers; as well as Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report and Women’s Impact Report. Notably, in 2018 Dina earned recognition for her work on the MMA as one the Executives of the Year for Billboard’s Women in Music and she was honored by MIDEM as Music Lawyer of the Year at the global trade event in Cannes, France.
In addition to practicing entertainment law, Dina taught "Legal and Practical Aspects of the Music Business” in the Entertainment Studies Department at UCLA Extensionfrom 2002 to 2019. She teaches and lectures all over the United States, Canada, and Europe on issues that affect creators’ rights. In October of 2016, Dina gave a TEDx Talk “Standing Up For Songwriters: A Journey Through Recovery | Dina LaPolt” in which she discusses the hurdles faced by the American songwriter and those faced in her own life. 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 The New York Times, 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 and is currently again serving as editor for the IAEL’s 2019 edition. She lives a balanced life by combining her passion for fitness and health by working out regularly and by enjoying the company of her wife and twin boys.
California State Bar Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association; Beverly Hills Bar Association; California Copyright Conference; International Association of Entertainment Lawyers; 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)
President of the Board, Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation; 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); City of Hope.