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Melinda Morris Zanoni

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Charlotte, NC

Apollo Sports & Entertainment Law Group
1300 Baxter St., Suite 100-B
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 888-472-1931
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Entertainment & Sports
Attorney Profile

Melinda Morris Zanoni is a sports, entertainment & media lawyer who splits her time between Charlotte and Los Angeles. Melinda is the Managing Member of Apollo Sports & Entertainment Law Group, a HUB certified law firm. 

Melinda represents some of the most well- known teams, celebrities, athletes, sports leagues & media companies.  She has participated in $21B of transactions and successfully negotiates cutting- edge and complex network agreements, endorsement, licensing, publishing, recording, NFT, NIL, intellectual property, sponsorship, and digital media deals as well as serving as legal counsel for television shows and films.

Melinda is a distinguished and respected attorney in the sports & entertainment industry. She regularly speaks on entertainment and sports law matters. She was recently featured in the national "Sports Business Journal" and Women With Know-How magazine as well as on major TV media outlets.

Active in her legal community, Ms. Morris Zanoni belongs to the NC Bar Association and is a member of the Sports & Entertainment Law Council. She also belongs to the Illinois State Bar Association and served on the  Regional Partnership Film Board. She is a member of Women Executives and volunteers her time to B.R.A.K.E.S., a nonprofit founded by a NHRA driver. 

After graduating with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with B.S. degrees in Economics and Business, Melinda earned her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, graduating cum laude. Prior to founding Apollo Sports & Entertainment Law Group, she practiced with Nelson Mullins and also Thompson Coburn in Chicago.

When not practicing law, Melinda enjoys exotic cars, exercise, and world travel.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Entertainment & Sports
Focus Areas

Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law


1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

Articles about Melinda Morris Zanoni appearing in Super Lawyers

White Papers

  • NCBA Expert Series -Entertainment (2021) - Presented and submitted written materials for distribution as an expert on "Coronavirus and Entertainment Law" for NCBA in 2021. Featured expert.

About Melinda Morris Zanoni

First Admitted: 1994, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Select Representative Transactions Ava Gardner Estate Whiskey launch; Charlotte Checkers; Panthers QB NFL for Bose, TopGolf, Panini, and NoBull endorsements; Chris Forsberg Racing; Renee Rapp Mean Girls on Broadway; Juan Gabriel Estate 100M records sold; ESPN 30 for 30; SONY music licenses; NASCAR; Kathy Ireland skincare endorsement; Michael Jordan's commercial for Novant Health; Coca-Cola sponsorship deals; NC, SC, and TN Lottery Ticket licensing and endorsement deals; Nash Grier for Target, P&G, Guess, Dolce & Gabbana, Neutrogena, Tommy Hilfiger; Amazon; Charlotte Checkers; Actors/Comedians (Mall Cop; Fargo); Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC); NFL Panthers’ appearances; Everyday Edisons (PBS TV show); NBA analyst; Hank the Cow Dog (54 book series); Lottery tickets; MLS; NASCAR driver appearances.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Various entertainment and sports law-related conferences and seminars including North American Law Summit; Name Image Likeness presentation to D1 Universities and coaches, Speaker, NALS; NCBA
  • Adjunct Entertainment Law Professor at CSL every week for 3 years, Adjunct Professor Entertainment Law, CSL

Representative Clients

  • Charlotte Checkers Hockey; Estates of Hollywood Legends Ava Gardner and Grammy Award winner with 100M records sold Juan Gabriel; Panthers QB; Public Figure Nash Grier; Novant Health/ Michael Jordan commercial; Actors ("Mall Cop", "Magic Mike XXL", "Fargo"); NBA clients; Motorsports; Meteorologist Jim Cantore, Coca-Cola and Amazon sponsorships; athlete podcasts; MLS; Broadway stars

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • HUB Certified Law Firm (100% minority law firm and woman-owned)


  • Multiple successful settlements related to Sports & Entertainment law clients in publishing, touring, MCN, and digital media multi-million dollar claims.

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Participation and achievement in multiple Bar, Business, Mentoring, Civic, Community, and Charitable endeavours.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Women Executives. WE is a group of accomplished women representative of leaders in the business and professional community. Membership in WE is by invitation only through a sponsored application process, 2021
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Sports & Entertainment Law Presenter, 2020
  • North Carolina Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Section Council Member

Educational Background

  • University of Illinois, with Honors, B.S., Economics and Business

Pro bono/Community Service

  • B.R.A.K.E.S. sponsor; Urban Ministry Center; Charlotte Dog Rescue; Goodwill; AMVETS; mentor interns from various local schools of higher education; CMPD fundraisers; Dress For Success.
  • Charlotte Regional Partnership, Film Board


  • Magazine Cover and Feature Article, Women With Know How
  • Most Stylish Recipient and Feature, Carolina Style Magazine, 2015
  • Article featuring Melinda Morris Zanoni and Apollo Sports & Entertainment Law Group, Feature Article, Sports Business Journal, 2020


  • TV Commentator in various media on Entertainment & Sports related legal matters (TWC News 14 etc), Commentator / TV Guest
  • Video blast speaking as expert on "Coronavirus and Entertainment Law", Expert Series for NCBA, Entertainment, Media, Sports, 2021

Industry Groups

  • Advertising
  • Communications
  • Entertainment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media
  • Sports
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Office Location for Melinda Morris Zanoni

1300 Baxter St.
Suite 100-B
Charlotte, NC 28204

Phone: 888-472-1931

Last Updated: 9/28/2021

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