Arizona Entertainment Lawyer: Contracts, Disputes and Negotiations

The Law Offices of William D. Black entertainment and sports law attorneys in our Phoenix and Scottsdale offices represent professional athletes and entertainers. We draft and negotiate major contracts and endorsement deals. We can handle every facet of our entertainment clients’ business and personal affairs, including providing general business and real estate advice and advice in diversified other areas of the law.

Experienced Scottsdale Entertainment Agreement Lawyer William D. Black
Astute advice in contract negotiations and drafting is especially critical for those just entering the entertainment business. Skillful legal representation can assure your success and can protect you from being exploited. You can avoid the need to renegotiate or restructure bad agreements or ultimately the need for you to litigate to enforce or protect your rights.

The Law Offices of William D. Black in Scottsdale and Phoenix offers experienced representation in entertainment law to new talent, production companies and all players in the industry. Our founding attorney William D. Black has extensive experience — more than 30 years — in contract law, and has represented individuals and companies locally and nationally film, TV, radio and music matters.

Your Scottsdale or Phoenix entertainment law needs are in capable hands when you trust us with your important legal matters. We are a boutique business law firm whose reputation is built on innovative, resourceful and responsive representation. We work hard to protect your rights, and to deliver attentive personal service that brings you profitability and peace of mind.

More Than 30 Years of Successful Service to Arizona Businesses
We provide entertainment law counsel to actors, writers, singers, musicians, songwriters, directors, editors, cinematographers, production companies and recording studios, preparing and reviewing all types of contracts and agreements; addressing issues such as copyright protection, royalties and residuals from concerts and touring, CD sales, broadcast and re-broadcast; and merchandising of:

  • Recording contracts
  • Production contracts
  • Marketing agreements
  • Agreements among band members
  • Comprehensive “360-degree” deals

Mr. Black has helped many performers and industry professionals to negotiate their original contracts or to renegotiate their deals to more favorable terms, or to resolve disputes over copyright or royalty issues. When entertainment law disputes cannot be resolved, Mr. Black is an accomplished business litigation trial lawyer who can initiate or defend legal action.

A Phoenix sports lawyer’s clients may include:

  • Amateur and professional athletes, coaches, referees, and league officials
  • National, regional, state, and local governing bodies
  • Athletic administrators
  • Sports facility owners and operators
  • Sports broadcasters

This list can be expanded further to include sports trainers, equipment manufacturers, sponsors, concessionaires, and all those who provide sports-related goods and services.

While sports law sounds like a highly specialized field, sports law firms in the Phoenix area must have a general knowledge of many areas of law. Since clients may include those in recreational, high school, college, and professional sports, a Phoenix sports and entertainment law attorney will be called to do work for his clients in a number of different areas including:

  • Contract negotiations
  • Salary arbitration hearings
  • Marketing and endorsement opportunities
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Event management
  • Sports franchise and facility marketing
  • Labor and workers compensation issues
  • Athlete representation
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Arizona Probate Litigation Lawyer

The declining health or death of a family member can bring out the worst in some people. Greed, lingering grudges and harbored animosities can lead to tense and emotional squabbles between family members over a loved one’s estate. Sometimes this occurs even before their death.

Scottsdale and Phoenix Will Contest Attorney William D. Black
Attorneys from The Law Offices of William D. Black in Scottsdale and Phoenix represent clients in Arizona in a broad range of inheritance disputes. The probate litigation lawyer who safeguards your interests in these matters is our founder, William D. Black — for more than 30 years, a skilled negotiator and litigator of his clients’ rights in disputes of all kinds.

Your initial complimentary consultation with Mr. Black is as close as your phone: 888-349-3599, toll free. You can also reach him by e-mail.

Is Your Inheritance Dispute Dividing Your Family?
Our trusted boutique law firm is highly familiar with all issues that can lead to disputes in probate and trust administration, such as:

  • Undue influence — convincing a dying person to exclude other legal heirs from the will or reduce their shares
  • Proof of heirs controversies
  • Lack of testamentary capacity — arguing that Alzheimer’s, dementia or another condition prevented the person from signing a valid will and/or trust
  • Mysterious last-minute changes to a will — typically implicating a caregiver with an agenda
  • Lost property — recovering property taken from the estate by caregivers, children or the personal representative
  • Intestate litigation — disputes over the wishes of family member who died without a will
  • Breach of fiduciary duty — fraud, negligence or incompetence of the person appointed to settle the estate

William D. Black is an experienced Scottsdale and Phoenix civil litigation attorney who has successfully processed numerous probate litigation cases. If you were suspiciously excluded from a will, or believe that a family member is stealing assets, or have other doubts about the propriety of certain probate or trust proceedings, The Law Offices of William D. Black can help you to uncover the truth, re-establish your rights and recover money to which you are justly entitled. Also, if you are serving as personal representative of a will, trustee of a trust or in some other capacity relating to an estate and are falsely accused of breach of fiduciary duty, negligence or some other malfeasance, we can evaluate your case and possibly provide legal assistance in your defense.

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Arizona Licensing and Administrative Law Attorney

Experienced Lawyer for Arizona Professional Licensing Matters
When pressing legal problems of a licensing and administrative nature arise — The Law Offices of William D. Black will provide innovative, resourceful and responsive representation and will strive to achieve a successful resolution of pending dispute. The Scottsdale and Phoenix attorney with the experience and commitment to get results for you is William D. Black, founder of The Law Offices of William D. Black.

We are a respected boutique business law firm that is dedicated to your success, regardless of the challenging assignments you bring to us — and committed to helping clients achieve their legal, financial and personal goals in a wide variety of business, transactional and litigation matters.

Please contact us to secure your confidential, initial complimentary initial consultation.

Helping Businesses in a Licensing and Administrative Law Capacity for 30-Plus Years
Federal, state, county, municipal and city agencies present a wide spectrum of regulatory issues that often require skilled legal representation. With more than 30 years of experience in business law with regular emphasis on administrative law and licensing issues, The Law Offices of William D. Black can assist you in dealing with government administrative agencies on issues such as:

  • Liquor license applications and claimed violations
  • Registrar of Contractor issues
  • Professional licensing disputes
  • Compliance examinations and investigations
  • Enforcement actions
  • Health and safety agency disputes
  • Insurance department disputes
  • License suspension and revocation proceedings
  • Appeals from agency decisions
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Legal Assistance With Arizona Restaurant and Liquor Licenses

Restaurants and bars that plan to survive in today’s competitive and often litigious business environment must take a proactive stance or risk being faced with sudden, potentially expensive legal problems.

Arizona Restaurant and Liquor License Law Attorney William D. Black
The professionals at The Law Offices of William D. Black work regularly with restaurateurs and bar owners in Scottsdale, Phoenix and throughout Arizona to address their highly specialized needs.

We are familiar with the unique legal issues that can arise in the restaurant and bar industries — and counsel clients regularly on a variety of such issues. We help restaurateurs and bar owners to establish their businesses, maintain their licenses and minimize their legal risks. We also help with the legal aspects of acquiring and selling restaurants and bars, and liquor licenses that accompany such transactions.

The skilled business lawyer to contact when a restaurant and liquor license controversy threatens to compromise the profitability of your Arizona company’s operations is William D. Black. Our boutique business law firm’s proven skills, personal service and more than 30 years of experience can translate to a positive resolution for you.

Protecting the Rights of Arizona Businesses for More Than 30 Years
The quality, experienced representation we provide includes:

  • Formation, maintenance and dissolution of corporations, limited liability companies and other business entities
  • Negotiation and drafting of commercial leases and investor agreements
    Counsel for clients in the purchase and sale of restaurants and bars
  • Representation for registration and protection of trade names, trademarks, trade dress and other intellectual property
  • Preparation of liquor license and restaurant license applications, and defense against alleged license violations
  • Consulting with clients on potential liability issues such as premises liability, dram shop liability and other insurance matters
  • Handling all types of civil litigation arising out of commercial and customer disputes
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Scottsdale Employment Law Attorney

For employers, our Phoenix and Scottsdale employment law attorneys work proactively to keep you out of trouble — and stand ready when problems arise. We have the expertise to handle actions involving claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, defamation, breach of non-compete covenants, confidentiality agreements, customer protection agreements, anti-piracy agreements, anti-solicitation agreements and other employment-related issues.

Helping Companies Avoid Employment-Related Claims
We can also assist our business clients in preparing personnel policies and manuals and can advise them on the implementation of procedures relating thereto. Our objective is to provide our clients with the knowledge, materials and systems to help them solve employee relations problems before they develop into litigation matters. We work to help you avoid litigation, administrative claims, inefficiencies, and distractions, so you can keep your business operating smoothly and profitably.

Representing Employees in Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, and Sexual Harassment Claims
For executives and employees, we have successfully represented workers in all types of matters, including claims involving wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, whistleblowing and breach of contract. Generally in order to make our representation cost-efficient on these types of claims, we will not undertake representation unless the employee has suffered or will suffer substantial damages. Among the type cases we work on are:

  • Age Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Race Discrimination
  • Discrimination Based on Nationality or Country of Origin
  • Discrimination Based on Religion or Family Status
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