Stinson Leonard Street Adds Bransford in Minneapolis

Press ReleaseExperienced Sports and Entertainment Attorney Traci V. Bransford Joins the Firm as an Of Counsel

Stinson Leonard Street LLP announced that Traci V. Bransford has joined the firm as Of Counsel in the firm's Minneapolis office. Based on her experience, she is a member of the firm's Sports and Entertainment Business industry group and its Private Business Division.

Bransford is one of 13 attorneys who have joined the firm since late 2013, just before Minneapolis-based Leonard, Street and Deinard and Kansas City, Mo.-based Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP combined, creating Stinson Leonard Street LLP.

Bransford serves as outside general counsel to clients, guiding them through business and nonprofit entity formation and management, including strategizing and structuring the business, negotiating contracts, and advising on intellectual property matters.

Bransford has represented the business interests of some of the biggest names in the music industry—including recording artists, independent record companies, music publishers, songwriters, producers, managers, and production companies—as well as visual artists, writers, authors, dancers and comedians. She has represented professional and retired athletes in their individual business and philanthropic pursuits. She also has served as general counsel for an internationally recognized recording studio.

Prior to joining Stinson Leonard Street, Bransford practiced first in Southern California, Minneapolis and then New York City, where she represented clients in a range of business and entertainment law matters, including serving as local counsel in the Southern District of New York in litigation involving trademark and patent infringement. She also practiced on Wall Street for several years with the securities litigation department of a large, global law firm.

Bransford received a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. She earned an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Spelman College.

About Stinson Leonard Street

Stinson Leonard Street LLP provides sophisticated transactional and litigation legal services to clients ranging from individuals and privately held enterprises to national and international public companies. As one of the 75 largest firms in the U.S., Stinson Leonard Street has more than 520 attorneys and offices in 14 cities, including Minneapolis, Mankato and St. Cloud, Minn.; Kansas City, St. Louis and Jefferson City, Mo.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Denver, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; Decatur, Ill.; Wichita and Overland Park, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; and Bismarck, N.D.

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