Dina LaPolt, Esq. is the founder and owner of LaPolt Law, P.C., one of the music industry’s leading law firms, and the only firm of its stature founded and run by a sole female attorney. LaPolt Law represents superstar entertainers, top industry executives, prominent influencers in the areas of fashion and beauty, and employs ten full-time attorneys who work together overseeing one of the industry’s most diverse client rosters. In addition, Dina 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.
In 2015, Dina helped found the songwriter advocacy group the Songwriters of North America (SONA) with Michelle Lewis and Kay Hanley. In 2016, Dina made headline news when she orchestrated the filing of a lawsuit against the Department of Justice on behalf of the SONA in connection with a mandate requiring 100% licensing by ASCAP and BMI, a decision that would have had devasting effects on the songwriting community. In 2018 Dina’s industry leading advocacy cumulated in the passage of the Music Modernization Act (MMA), representing the first meaningful copyright reform in decades protecting artists, producers, and songwriters.
Dina has been honored with numerous industry accolades including Super Lawyers, which is a prominent rating system reserved for lawyers who have a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, the Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers and Top Music Business Attorneys; Billboard’s Power 100, Billboard’s Women in Music, Billboard’s Music’s Most Powerful Attorneys, as well as Variety’s Dealmakers Impact Report and Variety’s Women’s Impact Report. Notably, in 2018 Dina earned recognition for her work on the MMA and was named one of the Executives of the Year for Billboard’s Women in Music and was also chosen by MIDEM in Cannes, France with the 2018 MIDEM Music Lawyer of the Year award.
Dina was honored by the Recording Academy in 2019 with the prestigious Service Award at the Entertainment Law Initiative luncheon; she was the youngest attorney and only the second woman to ever receive the award in the history of the organization. The same year, Dina was also inducted into the Billboard Women in Music Hall of Fame.
During the 2020 COVID pandemic, Dina, through SONA and other industry trade organizations, helped shepherd the inclusion of independent contractors, sole proprietors, and self -employed individuals into the Federal Covid relief legislation packages of both the Cares Act and the Heroes Act as well as assisted with creation of the website, www.musiccovidrelief.com to help music creators and other self- employed people apply for the Covid relief federal aid. SONA also helped establish an assistance fund which handed out $1,000 emergency grants to songwriters facing economic hardship.
In 2020, LaPolt was invited to be on the Executive Leadership Council of the newly formed, Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) as Dina is a well-known advocate of antiracist initiatives as she speaks about in her 2016 TEDx Talk. In June 2020, Dina helped gather creators to sign a public letter to NY’s Governor Cuomo and the New York State Assembly, to repeal section 50-A of New York’s Civil Rights Law, which shields a police officer’s disciplinary records from being made public. The law was repealed on June 9, 2020.
Most recently, Dina was named 2020 Variety’s Power of Law.
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