Steven S. Sidman

Steven S. Sidman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Carlton Fields, P.A.
 | 1201 West Peachtree Street N.W., One Atlantic Center, Suite 3000
Atlanta, GA 30309-3455
Phone: 404-815-3396
Fax: 404-815-3415
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2007, 2009
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Steve Sidman has more than two decades of experience in the business of pop culture. He represents creative talent and entrepreneurial ventures, from Michelin-starred chefs and restaurateurs to multiplatinum-selling recording artists, songwriters, producers and mixers, to film and TV producers and on-screen talent.

With deep experience in industry-specific contract and intellectual property law, he provides legal counsel on a wide range of legal and business issues.

In his nationally recognized niche practice representing renowned restaurateurs and "celebrity chefs," Steve negotiates cookbook deals, product endorsements, and personal appearance agreements. He oversees their commercial real estate transactions and employment and investor issues — along with breakthrough branding opportunities, including partnerships with hotels, airlines, airports, resorts, and arenas. He has represented the world-renowned, multiple Michelin-starred restaurateurs, Nick Kokonas and chef Grant Achatz; Atlanta-based James Beard Award winners, chefs Linton Hopkins and Steven Satterfield; "Top Chef All-Stars" winner, TV host, and noted restaurateur, chef Richard Blais; Chicago-based, Michelin-starred husband and wife team, chefs John and Karen Urie Shields; "Chopped" winner and beloved Atlanta icon, chef Suzanne Vizethann; beloved Atlanta restaurateur and former “Top Chef Masters” competitor, chef Hector Santiago; revered Atlanta chef-entrepreneur and former “Iron Chef America” contestant, chef Todd Richards; Atlanta-based award-winning cookbook author and culinarian, chef Asha Gomez; celebrated Nashville-based chef, Matt Bolus; the esteemed chef James Kent of New York City; and New Orleans-based James Beard Award-winning chef-restaurateur, Alon Shaya.

Steve also represents well-known recording artists, singers, songwriters, producers, independent record labels, production companies, music publishers, streaming services, and authors. He counsels entrepreneurial ventures at every stage of development — from negotiating a groundbreaking deal between a young performing duo and an iconic American consumer goods brand, to overseeing the sale of one of the world's most significant catalogues of avant-garde music, to representing producers and on-screen talent in both scripted and nonscripted network television series, as well as in feature-length motion pictures and documentary film deals. He is knowledgeable in the digital space as well, guiding clients through the complexities of online streaming and internet sales.

Among his many professional accomplishments, Mr. Sidman was selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia's "Legal Elite" for 2012 in entertainment law. He has also been listed in the Best Lawyers in America® 2010 and was selected by the Fulton County Daily Report as one of 12 Atlanta attorneys "On the Rise" in August 2008.

Mr. Sidman is also an active member of several industry groups, including the Southern Foodways Alliance. In addition, he participates in the Sports and Entertainment Law Forum of the American Bar Association, as well as the Entertainment and Sports section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Mr. Sidman resides in Brookhaven with his wife, Lauren, and their family.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

About Steven Sidman

Admitted: 1997, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


  • Fulton County Daily Report as one of 12 Atlanta attorneys "On the Rise", August 2008
  • AV (R) Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • Georgia Trend Magazine as One of Georgia's "Legal Elite" in Entertainment Law, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Entertainment and Sports Section, State Bar of Georgia, 2020
  • Member, Southern Foodways Alliance, 2020
  • Member, American Bar Association (Sports and Entertainment Law Forum), 2020

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, Anti-Defamation League, Southeastern Region
  • Member, Anti-Defamation League, Glass Leadership Development Program, Class of 2011

Representative Clients:

  • Chefs John and Karen Urie Shields of Chicago's Smyth & The Loyalist
  • Chef James Kent of New York's Crown Shy restaurant
  • Mel & Mus (Multi-Platinum®-selling producers and songwriters)
  • Chef Alon Shaya and Pomegranate Hospitality
  • Phil Tan (multiple Grammy®-winning, multi-Platinum®-selling mixer)
  • Chef Richard Rosendale, CMC (captain, Team USA; 2013 Bocuse d'Or international culinary competition)
  • Terry Riley, world-renowned avant garde composer and multi-instrumentalist
  • Achatz, LLC d/b/a "The Alinea Group"/Chef Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas
  • Chef Steven Satterfield (chef-owner, Miller Union - Atlanta)
  • Resurgens Hospitality Group, LLC/Chef Linton Hopkins (James Beard Foundation Award-winner; chef-owner, Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch, H&F Burger, H&F Bread Co., H&F Bottle Shop - Atlanta)
  • Chef Richard Blais (winner, Top Chef All-Stars; chef-owner, The Spence, FLIP and HD-1)

Educational Background:

  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, J.D., Member, Emory Law School Moot Court Society, 1997
  • Colgate University, B.A., cum laude, 1992

Industry Groups

  • Book Publishing
  • Chef-restaurateurs/Lifestyle/Hospitality
  • Film & Television
  • New Media/E-Sports/Podcasts
  • Product Endorsements
  • Recorded Music & Music Publishing
  • Rights Of Publicity & Privacy

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Office Location for Steven S. Sidman

1201 West Peachtree Street N.W.
One Atlantic Center, Suite 3000
Atlanta, GA 30309-3455

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Last Updated: 9/3/2020

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