Richard C. Wolfe

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Miami, FL

Wolfe Law Miami, P.A.
 | 175 SW 7th Street, Penthouse 2410
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: 305-384-7370
Fax: 305-384-7371
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (50%),
  • Intellectual Property (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Richard C. Wolfe is the founder and managing partner of Wolfe Law Miami, P.A., in Miami, Florida. A nationally ranked lawyer with more than 37 years of legal experience, Mr. Wolfe has gained a reputation as an authority in entertainment and business law, and he provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout South Florida in the music, television, film and recording industries.

    Through his entertainment law practice, Mr. Wolfe has represented some of the biggest names in show business as well as many record companies, publishing companies, distribution companies and others. He has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts across the country, achieving more than 40 published decisions, and he routinely handles matters involving business planning, intellectual property and copyright claims, royalty disputes and endorsement contracts, and other areas.

    Equally successful in his business law practice, Mr. Wolfe holds his board certification in business litigation from The Florida Bar, and he has represented a variety of entertainment companies in various legal disputes. He has also become the go-to attorney for many other prominent entertainment lawyers across the country who need assistance litigating their clients' cases. Moreover, he has extensive experience handling probate litigation and estate planning issues, especially as they relate to artists' estates or business succession.

    In honor of his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Wolfe has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell as well as a Top Lawyer designation from the South Florida Legal Guide in the areas of entertainment law, probate and business litigation. He has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo as well as many testimonials and referrals from those he has served.

    A graduate of the American University in Washington, D.C., Mr. Wolfe obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1982 and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the school in 1983. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

    A leader in his field, Mr. Wolfe has served as adjunct professor at several law schools, and he has published numerous articles and conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across the country on a variety of legal topics. He has also served as chairman of The Florida Bar's Section on entertainment and sports law, and he has drafted legalization passed by the Florida Legislature regarding the employment of minors in sports and entertainment. He also serves as arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Entertainment & Sports
    • 30%Intellectual Property
    • 20%Business/Corporate
    Focus Areas

    Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law, Business Organizations

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    Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010

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    Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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    About Richard Wolfe

    Admitted: 1982, Florida

    Professional Webpage: http://www.wolfelawmiami.com/attorneys-staff

    Honors/Awards:

    • South Florida Super lawyer
    • Legal Guide top lawyer
    • A-V Rated (Highest Rating) by Martindale Hubbell for 20 years

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Business Litigation, Florida Bar
    • Certified Public Accountant Florida, 1982-1989

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Arbitration Association: Arbitrator and Mediator
    • District court of Southern District Federal Court of Florida
    • District court of Middle District Federal Court of Florida
    • Florida
    • Florida Bar Section on Entertainment and Sports Law: Chairman (1995-1996)
    • Florida Bar, Member, 1982

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “Understanding the Calculations of Music Artists Royalties.”  Florida Bar Journal, Feb. 1995
    • “Proving Disgorgement Damages in a Copyright Infringement Case is a Three – act Play” (with Serona Elton) Florida Bar Journal, Feb. 2010
    • “Recording Artists Royalty.” Entertainment Law & Finance, Sept. 1994
    • “Interpreting Record Royalty Provisions.” Entertainment Law & Finance, Oct./Nov. 1994
    • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, University of Miami Film School, Professor - Master of Fine Arts (2009-2013)
    • “Florida’s New Child Performer and Athlete Protection Act.” Florida Bar Journal, Nov. 1995
    • American Bar Association Forum Committee on Entertainment law (2009- 2015) and co-chair during (2013-2015), Lectured
    • South Eastern Regional Conference on Entertainment Law Sponsored by Florida, Georgia and Tennessee Bars co-chair (1998-2014), Lectured
    • University of Miami School of Law LLM program on Entertainment law (Professor)(2015)
    • Nova South Eastern Law School, Professor of Law (2004 – 2006) (Adjunct facility member) lecturer (2010-2013)
    • Florida International University, Professor of Law & Business Professor)
    • St. Thomas Law School, Professor (1995 - 1998), lecturer 2010 - 2013)

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Betts v Allman Brothers (NY Arbitration)(profits)
    • Isbell v. DM Records
    • Slip N Slide Records v. TVT Records
    • E/O Ellas McDaniel (Bo Diddley)(8th Cir)(celebrity goodwill)
    • Ting Ji v Bose (Fed. Court Mass.)(standards in modelling)
    • Waller v. Opium (11th Cir)(songwriters earnings)
    • Estefano v. Gil  (11th Cir)(music management/publishing)
    • Tyne v Time Warner (5th Cir)(Damages under 540.08)
    • 540.08 case (name withheld) (17th Cir)(damages)

    Representative Clients:

    • Putesky v. Warner (Marilyn Manson)
    • Luke Records Bankruptcy Estate
    • Rebelution v. Perez (Pitbull)
    • Menopause the Musical
    • Mike (the Situation) Sorrentino
    • Representation of Apple Corps. (The Beatles)

    Educational Background:

    • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, L.L.M. (Taxation) Master of Laws (1983)
    • American University, Washington, D.C., B.S. & Major - Finance and Accounting
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    Office Location for Richard C. Wolfe

    175 SW 7th Street
    Penthouse 2410
    Miami, FL 33130

    Phone: 305-384-7370

    Fax: 305-384-7371

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