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 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2007, 2009
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports
Attorney Profile

Steve Sidman has two decades of experience in the business of pop culture. He represents creative talent and entrepreneurial ventures, from Michelin®-starred chefs and restaurateurs to multi-Platinum® selling recording artists, songwriters, producers and mixers.

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," Mr. Sidman negotiates cookbook deals, product endorsements, and personal appearance agreements. He oversees their commercial real estate transactions, employment and investor issues, even their immigration issues - along with breakthrough branding opportunities, including partnerships with hotels, airlines, airports, and arenas. He has represented the world-renowned, multiple Michelin®-starred restaurateurs, Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas; Atlanta-based James Beard Foundation® Award-winners, Chef Linton Hopkins and Chef 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; and, Atlanta-based award-winning cookbook author and culinarian, Chef Asha Gomez.

Mr. Sidman also represents well-known recording artists, singers, songwriters, producers, independent record labels, production companies, music publishers, and book publishers. 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 on-screen talent in both scripted and non-scripted network television series. 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 National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Country Music Association and a selected member of the Anti-Defamation League's Glass Leadership Development Program, Class of 2011. 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 two daughters, Emma and Olivia.

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

About Steven Sidman

Admitted: 1997, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member - The Country Music Association
  • Member, Entertainment and Sports Section, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, American Bar Association (Sports and Entertainment Law Forum)
  • Member, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founding Member of Board of Directors and pro bono counsel, The Dallas Austin Foundation For Music Education, 2003
  • Member, Anti-Defamation League, Glass Leadership Development Program, Class of 2011

Representative Clients:

  • Achatz, LLC/Chef Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas (six-time recipients of 3 Michelin stars - Alinea; founder/owners - Alinea, Next, The Aviary, The Office, Roister and Tock reservation softare)
  • Chef Curtis Duffy & Michael Muser (3 Michelin stars and founder-owners, Grace Restaurant - Chicago)
  • Mrs. Bev Ragovoy and The Estate of Jerry Ragovoy, the legendary composer of "(Take Another Little) Piece of My Heart," "Time Is On My Side," "Get It While You Can," "Cry Baby" and others
  • Terry Riley, world-renowned avant garde composer and multi-instrumentalist
  • Joey Reiman, advertising icon and founder of BrightHouse
  • Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri (R)
  • 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 Rosendale, CMC (captain, Team USA; 2013 Bocuse d'Or international culinary competition)
  • India.Arie (multiple Grammy®-winning, Multi-Platinum®-selling recording artist and songwriter)
  • Phil Tan (multiple Grammy®-winning, multi-Platinum®-selling mixer)
  • Chef Richard Blais (winner, Top Chef All-Stars; chef-owner, The Spence, FLIP and HD-1)
  • Mel & Mus (Multi-Platinum®-selling producers and songwriters)
  • Chef Hugh Acheson (James Beard Foundation Award-winner; chef-owner, Empire State South, Five & Ten and The National)
  • John Driskell Hopkins (recording artist and member, Zac Brown Band, Grammy®-winning, Multi-Platinum®-selling recording artists)
  • Chef Steven Satterfield (chef-owner, Miller Union - Atlanta)
  • Chef Iliana Regan (chef-owner, Elizabeth - Chicago)

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
  • 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: 3/15/2019

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