Traci counsels entertainment law clients, provides diverse perspectives and efficiently connects the firm’s clients to the legal services they need.

Overview

Traci serves as general counsel, entertainment, media and sports attorney to her clients. As outside general counsel to her clients, Traci has deep knowledge of the services offered by attorneys in the firm and quickly connects clients to the right teams of lawyers to achieve objectives and add value. She focuses her practice on counseling media and communications clients on legal issues related to the entertainment industry.

Traci combines her deep understanding of client needs with a strong commitment to the tenets of diversity and inclusion, offering comprehensive solutions to key legal challenges to benefit the firm and its clients. She is the co-chair of the Entertainment and Media law subgroup.

Experience

Traci recently negotiated several multi-million dollar entertainment agreements with worldwide entertainment companies.

She provides legal counsel to leading communications and media clients by utilizing her multi-jurisdictional experience to serve the business interests of recognized names in the music, television, film and sports industries—including recording artists, independent record companies, music publishers, actors, authors, songwriters, producers, managers and production companies.

Traci serves as general counsel to professional and retired athletes in their individual business and philanthropic pursuits. She works closely with Stinson’s charitable planning professionals to coordinate the implementation of charitable planning.

Traci previously served as general counsel for an internationally recognized recording studio where she advised on legal strategies for the business and entertainment entities.

Before joining Stinson, Traci practiced law in New York and California, where she was recognized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for her diverse litigation skills. She was appointed a Hearing Officer to the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission, where she presided over employment and labor disputes.

She is an active member of several charitable and professional organizations and is a sought-out speaker on entertainment law, sports law, celebrity philanthropy and diversity. Traci is a mentor and the co-chair of the Stinson Employee Resources Group for Attorneys of Color.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"T&E 101: Estate Planning Primer for the NFL Athlete," OMBI Group, LLC, NFL Draft Luncheon, Nashville, TN, April 2019

"Legal, Set, Go: How to Apply for Tax-Exempt Status," OMBI Group, LLC, Pre Super Bowl Nonprofit Seminar, Morehouse College, January 2019

“Innovation and Technology Summit,” Spelman College, October 2018

"From Legal to Business: Lessons Learned Before, During and After Transitioning to the Business Side," National Bar Association's 2018 Corporate Counsel Leadership Summit, New Orleans, LA, July 2018

"Data Privacy Considerations When Using AI in Online Advertising," MCCA Global Tec Forum, San Antonio, TX, April 2018

"Ethical Considerations, Diversity, Inclusion & Overcoming Unconscious Bias," National Bar Association Commercial Law Section Conference, Dana Point, CA, February 2018

"The Four Pillars of Competitive Advantage: Core Values, Client Service, Value Pricing & Matter Management," October 2017

"Entertainment Law Forum," National Bar Association 92nd Annual Convention, Toronto, ON, July 29 - August 2017

"Sports Law Forum," National Bar Association 92nd Annual Convention, Toronto, ON, July 29 - August 2017

"Entertainment Law Seminar," Spelman Alumnae in Entertainment Summit, Spelman College, October, 2014, 2015 and 2016

"Women in Diversity in Leadership Conference," Metropolitan State University, November 2016

Publications

"Trends, Pitfalls and Opportunities in Celebrity Philanthropy," Stinson Leonard Street Alert, March 2015

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers

National Bar Association

Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association

Sports Lawyers Association

Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable

Thomson Reuters Next Gen Leadership: Advancing Lawyers of Color Advisory Board

Mitchell Hamline Gateway to Legal Education Advisory Board

VocalEssence Board of Directors

Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Education

New York University School of Law, J.D.

Spelman College, B.A., magna cum laude

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