Joseph A. Bellanca

Joseph A. Bellanca

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Hertz Schram PC
 | 1760 South Telegraph Road, Suite 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Phone: 248-335-5000
Fax: 248-335-3346
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (60%),
  • Media and Advertising (30%),
  • Intellectual Property (10%)
Attorney Profile

Joseph Bellanca is an entertainment and media attorney at Hertz Schram PC.  He advises entertainers, musicians, athletes, writers, radio and television talent, record labels, artists, music and book publishers, music festivals, music venues, event promoters, authors, advertising agencies and media companies on issues related to contracts, licensing, trademarks and copyrights.  His clients include Quicken Loans, Woodward Original, Olympic Gold Medalist Meryl Davis, Detroit Vs Everybody, Paxahau, Funfest Productions, All Good Records, Annabelle Road, Jena Irene Asciutto (American Idol 2014 runner up), Jeff Gutt (X Factor 2013 runner up), Harvest Productions, MARS Advertising, Eric Zane, Dr. Joel Kahn, Grand Circus Media and Brian “Pigman” Quaca. Joe is also an adjunct professor at DIME (Detroit Institute for Music Education), the Treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan ACES (Arts, Communication, Entertainment and Sports) Section, the recently-elected Secretary of the Italian American Bar Association of Michigan, a member of the Executive Board of the Detroit Music Awards Foundation and is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammys).

On behalf of his clients, Joe negotiates recording, music and book publishing, management, talent, sponsorship, media purchasing, licensing, personal appearance, endorsement and performance agreements.  He works with client protecting their brand, name, reputation and creative works by registering, enforcing and licensing their valuable intellectual property (trademarks and copyrights).  Joe also advises advertising and marketing clients regarding media rights, rights of publicity and privacy issues, brand management and trademark and copyright clearances.

Prior to joining Hertz Schram, Joe was the general manager of Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Michigan, where he worked with iconic artists in including Don Henley, James Brown, BB King, Steve Miller Band and LL Cool J.  Joe is very active in the entertainment community in Detroit and nationally, attending South by Southwest, the ABA Forum in Sports and Entertainment conference and other events, festivals and conference promoting his clients on a regular basis.

About Joseph Bellanca

Admitted: 2008, Michigan

Professional Webpage:


  • Intellectual Property & Patent Law , Top Lawyer, dBusiness Magazine, 2014
  • Entertainment Law and Trial Skills Courses, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2008
  • Entertainment Law, Top Lawyer, dBusiness Magazine, 2013
  • Entertainment & Sports Law, Michigan SuperLawyers, Rising Star, 2015
  • Entertainment & Sports Law, Michigan Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2013
  • Copyright Law, Top Lawyer, dBusiness Magazine, 2014
  • Dean's List, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2008
  • Entertainment & Sports Law, Michigan Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
  • Secretary, Italian American Bar Association of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2009
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan: Arts Communication Entertainment and Sports Section
  • Michigan, 2008
  • Secretary, Macomb County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Sports & Entertainment, Membership Committee

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Chicago Chapter
  • Executive Board Member, Detroit Music Awards Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Guest Lecturer - University of Michigan Law School, Wayne State University Law School, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Artist Representation in Today's Music Industry, State Bar of Michigan ACES Annual Meeting , 2011
  • See This Music, Music Licensing Seminar, 2010
  • Understanding the Music Business, Mt. Clemens Music Festival, 2009

Representative Clients:

  • Radio Personalities
  • Artist Manager
  • Recording Artists
  • Songwriters
  • Booking Agencies
  • Music Festival Production Companies
  • Producers
  • Actors
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Event Producer
  • Record Labels
  • Filmmakers

Educational Background:

  • Michigan State University, Bachelors Degree, Human Resources and Society, 2003

Industry Groups

  • Advertising
  • Broadcast
  • Copyrights
  • Distribution
  • Endorsements
  • Fashion
  • Film
  • Licensing
  • Literary
  • Live Events
  • Management
  • Media
  • Music
  • Production
  • Radio
  • Sponsorship
  • Sports
  • Television
  • Touring
  • Trademarks
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Office Location for Joseph A. Bellanca

1760 South Telegraph Road
Suite 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

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Last Updated: 4/8/2019

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