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Richard C. Wolfe

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Miami, FL

Wolfe Law Miami, P.A.
175 SW 7th Street, Suite 2410
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: 305-257-8428
Fax: 305-384-7371
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2021 - 2022
Licensed in Florida Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Entertainment & Sports, Intellectual Property, Business/Corporate
Attorney Profile

The owner and managing partner of Wolfe Law Miami, P.A., Richard C. Wolfe practices law across Miami, Florida. He concentrates his practice on areas of entertainment law and business law and related matters, including:

  • Intellectual property
  • Copyright infringement
  • Royalty disputes
  • Athlete endorsement contracts
  • Probate and trust

With close to four decades of legal experience, Mr. Wolfe has come a long way in representing clients from the entertainment industry and businesses such as publishing, distribution, production, accounting and others. He appears for trials in various state and federal courts and has gained experience handling legal issues associated with contracts, copyrights and author rights.

Mr. Wolfe is a board-certified business litigator as authorized by The Florida Bar. He provides informed counsel to business owners and professionals on estate planning, business succession and associated matters. Leading numerous trials, he has more than 40 published court judgments to his credit spread across courts in Florida, California, Texas, Tennessee and New York. He has also provided his teaching services as an adjunct professor at various universities and for several legal organizations across Florida.

Majoring in finance and accounting, Mr. Wolfe received his bachelor’s degree from the American University at Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, in 1982 with a doctorate in jurisprudence. Further, he proceeded to pursue his master’s degree in law at the University of Miami School of Law and graduated in 1983.

Working with the American Arbitration Association, Mr. Wolfe serves as a mediator and arbitrator, expanding his field of experience as an attorney. He is rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell and has published several articles on a broad range of law-related topics through prominent journals.

Mr. Wolfe works toward achieving the goals of his clients, making sure to minimize their exposure and plan for any possible contingencies. He dedicates his efforts and time to many local nonprofit organizations such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami and the Island Dolphin Care in their efforts to contribute to the community.

*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 Ratings™ 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

Selections

4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2021 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Richard C. Wolfe

First Admitted: 1982, Florida

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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
Suite 2410
Miami, FL 33130

Phone: 305-257-8428

Fax: 305-384-7371

Last Updated: 9/22/2022

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