• Corporate
    Serves as general counsel and business affairs representation for record companies, publishing companies, and merchandise licensing companies.
  • Creative Talent Representation
    Represents recording artists, songwriters and designers through all legal matters concerning their creations.
  • Celebrity Estates
    Represents Estates in legal matters unique to the management of celebrity estates.


  • Brand Licensing
    Advises brand owners on merchandise license agreements to ensure business objectives are achieved and brands rights are protected.
  • Music Licensing
    Advises brand owners, advertising agencies, talent agencies, motion picture and television studios on music licensing from the development of budgets through the execution of contracts.

Practice Areas

Terri L. DiPaolo handles business affairs and in-house counsel responsibilities for several companies. Assisting each company with their contractual needs beginning with the structure of the deal, TLD offers advice and guidance on the protection of intellectual property and the customary contractual terms involved with the exploitation of those rights. TLD's practice area spans the vast landscape of a creative individual's career, including:

  • Sponsorship
  • Brand Licensing
  • Music Licensing
  • Advertising Business Affairs
  • Motion Picture and Television Business Affairs
  • General Corporate
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Celebrity Representation
  • Recording Industry
  • Music Publishing
  • Touring
  • Merchandising


Terri L. DiPaolo's practice spans the entertainment, advertising, and licensing industries. She currently practices in New York and represents a select group of clients such as: legendary music performers, record and publishing companies, advertising and talent agencies and merchandising companies.

Terri began her career at Fischbach, Perlstein & Lieberman in Los Angeles where she represented the firm's veteran music industry clientele, including international record and publishing companies, a well established video game company and legendary songwriters and performers.

Terri later moved to Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP in Los Angeles where she represented the firm's internationally known celebrity and corporate clients and developed her own client base of emerging and established recording artists, event planners, and music producers.

Terri expanded her practice to include the advertising industry after working as a business affairs representative for one of the top creative ad agencies in Europe. Her knowledge of the music and advertising industries led her to serve as a consultant for various business affairs departments in the film, television, talent, and advertising industries.


  • J.D. Whittier Law School, 1996
  • BA Political Science, Northeastern University, 1993

Admitted to practice in California, New Jersey and New York.



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"I was fortunate to follow in Terri's footsteps at Lionsgate. She managed an unmanageable workload and made my transition smooth and painless. I continued to work with Terri as outside counsel, and found her to be an innovative thinker, possessed of an extraordinary work ethic, and very importantly, passionate about her work. Hire her before your adversary does!
Lenny Wohl
Lionsgate Music & Publishing

"Terri and I were on opposite sides of a negotiation. She demonstrated acute business acumen and an understanding of both her client's position and ours. She got the best for her client but in an expeditious responsive manner that also worked well for us. Terri found practical workable solutions to issues. On a personal level, Terri was also incredibly pleasant to deal with throughout the negotiation even when we were at potentially deal breaking issues. This always makes a negotiation much more bearable!"
Rachael Bickerton
VP, Business Affairs
Rhino Entertainment, Warner Music Group

"I consider myself supremely lucky to have found Terri DiPaolo. She has been absolutely indispensable to almost every aspect of our operation. She is a smart, tough, tenacious and resourceful attorney who has helped us with contracts, licenses and negotiations, and more. She has a knack for grasping the entire situation, and being able to fit together various pieces of complicated transactions. We trust her in every facet of our dealings."
Orly Marley
Tuff Gong Worldwide

"Terri is a Rockstar attorney! She is my go to recourse, and I highly value her opinions and advise. She is able to tackle any issue with intelligence and invaluable expertise. I always enjoy working with Terri, and I frequently recommend her to my clients."
Berkeley Reinhold
William Morris Endeavor Agency

"There are certain people that you immediately like. There are others that you know from the start that they are sharp, think fast on their feet, understand the entire picture, and have common sense to boot. Terri is both. I would take Terri standing by my side in any legal battle or negotiation any day of the week."
Jill Pietrini
Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP



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