Donald Woodard is a partner in Gordon & Rees’s Business Transactions and Sports, Media and Entertainment Law practice groups. He has extensive experience focusing on business and commercial transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Woodard is a nationally recognized leader in the areas of entertainment transactions (music, television and film), emerging media, and technology law, including digital media rights (strategy, management, and licensing issues), content licensing, synchronization rights, social media, intellectual property and copyright, rights of privacy, publicity and protection for celebrities and public figures.
Mr. Woodard provides comprehensive business and branding counsel to a broad range of corporate and entertainment clients, from startup to mid-sized multi-million dollar companies, entertainment businesses, generally in the capacity as outside general counsel, high-profile celebrities, and Grammy® Award winning recording artists, record producers, and songwriters who have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Mr. Woodard serves as outside entertainment counsel to the City of Atlanta. His clients also include on-air morning drive radio station talent and on-air television personalities and broadcasters.
Mr. Woodard was the first African-American federal judicial clerk on the Northern District of Georgia's Bankruptcy Court, where he oversaw the high-profile bankruptcy of best-selling female recording group TLC. He also negotiated the first commercial product endorsement deal for a recording artist with the Jordan/Nike brand. Mr. Woodard is a frequent lecturer in the entertainment industry.
Professional & Community Involvement
Advisory Board, Future of Music Coalition
Leadership Council, Zoo Atlanta
Board of Directors, Black Women In Film Network
American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Entertainment and Sports Law Forum
Atlanta Business League
Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association
Copyright Society of the USA
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (presenter of the Grammy® Awards), former Board of Governors
Atlanta Lawyers for the Arts
Entertainment Industry Commission for the City of Atlanta
United Way, VIP Graduate
100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.