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Wolfe Law Miami

Richard C. Wolfe

Juris Doctor and LL.M.

Highly regarded in the music, television, and film industries for his knowledge and expertise in entertainment and business law, Richard C. Wolfe is the managing partner and lead legal strategist for Wolfe Law Miami. He is a creative thinker and has a reputation for closing cases quickly with his mediation-like manner but is prepared to go to trial to fight for his clients if necessary.

Entertainment Law (Music, Television, and Film)

Richard’s entertainment law practice (transaction and litigation) includes film, television, and music; business planning; intellectual property; probate litigation, royalty disputes, copyright claims and artist/athlete endorsement contracts, probate and trust litigation, and business litigation. He has tried cases in state and federal courts in Florida, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and California. With more than 40 published decisions, Richard is regularly sought by many of the nation’s top entertainment attorneys to help litigate their cases in court. 

In the music industry, Richard has represented more than 40 major and independent record companies, publishing companies, distribution companies, as well as numerous prominent artists and producers on transactions and litigation matters. He has negotiated more than 250 recording and publishing contracts on behalf of or with many artists and record companies, including Plies, Marilyn Manson, Slash (Guns N Roses), Pyramid Records, Latinum Records, Lil’ Joe Records, Luke Records, and many others. 

Richard has represented film and television producers in more than 35 feature films, including acquisition, business structure, production contracts, accounting, and distribution; and handling two negative pickup bank financing transactions. Theatrical releases have included: Midnight Crossing; The Unholy; It Had to Be You; Village of the Damned; Hammerhead Jones; The Victims; Scarecrow; South Beach; Night Caller; Summer Job; and The New Adventures of Flipper. 

With an entertainment law practice that spans domestically and internationally, Richard has represented some of the biggest artists and producers in the industry: The Beatles, 2 Live Crew, MC Shy D, DJ Laz, Willy Chirino, Lissette, Plies, Expose, Nuclear Valdez, Daisy Berkowitz, Tony Bongiovi, Kymani Marley, Luther Campbell, Crease, Cameo, Blac Haze, Al’s Not Well, Rush, Rudy Perez, Paul Trust, PYT, Circle House Studios, Calton Coffie, Inner Circle, Slash, DJ Magic Mike, DJ Madness, Larry Blackmon, DJ Spin, Marco Flores, Adam Duggins, Pilar Montenegro, Scott Storch, Kike Santander, Myriam Hernandez, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Marilyn Manson. 

Business Law

Richard earned a Juris Doctor and LL.M. from the University of Miami School of Law and spent 10 years working as a Certified Public Accountant. Building on his achieving the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell, he is board certified in Business Litigation by The Florida Bar. For the past five years, he has been listed as a Super Lawyer™ and as an outstanding lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide in the areas of Entertainment Law, Probate, and Business Litigation.

Richard has earned a reputation as a “go-to” attorney for other lawyers.  As a longtime member of The Florida Bar’s grievance committee, he has extensive experience in representing lawyers on issues related to law firm split-ups, leaving lawyers issues, fee sharing, and related claims. He has represented law firms and departing lawyers at multiple trials throughout the state. These cases involve rules of professional responsibility, quantum meruit, and fiduciary duty claims.

Richard has been published numerous times in The Florida Bar Journal and has also lectured for the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar Association, and at the Southeast Regional Conference on Entertainment and Intellectual Property law, for which he has served as the co-chair for the past five years.

In the Community

Richard has been actively involved in the following organizations: Florida Film and Recording Institute (past President), Florida Film Producers Association, Florida Screenwriters Association, Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Entertainment Law Section of the Florida Bar (past Chairman). 

Richard has lectured or taught courses at the University of Miami Film School, Master of Fine Arts, on the legal aspects of film production; St. Thomas Law School as a professor of Entertainment Law; and Florida International University as a professor on entertainment and business law. 

Richard was the Chairman of the ARTEC Fundraising Committee, sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, which obtained a $450,000 matching grant from the Annenberg Foundation. He also served as Executive Producer of the Jam Miami All-Star Latin Jazz LP, released by Concord Records, and was the Executive Producer of the PBS television special of the same title.

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