Ms. LaShawn Thomas
Ms. LaShawn Thomas, Esq., a graduate of Florida International University College of Law, is an Attorney with Miami Entertainment Law Group (MELG), an Entertainment, Arts & Media law firm with offices in beautiful Miami Lakes, Florida. Ms. Thomas earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in International Relations and a concentration in Caribbean Studies from Florida International University.
As a student at the College of Law, Ms. Thomas’ academic achievements were rewarded with a scholarship from the Caribbean Bar Association and a clerkship with the Honorable Judge Victor Tobin, former Chief Judge in and for Broward County, Florida.
Ms. Thomas currently works with a full range of clients throughout the entertainment industry. Her clientele includes entertainment companies, music labels, models, singers, photographers, promoters, performing artists, actors, authors, and music and film and television producers. Ms. Thomas plays a vital role in the organization of the corporate structure for many of her clients, from setting up their business entities to protecting their intellectual property, i.e. the registration and protection of their trademarks and copyrights. Her duties include drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements, coordinating relationships with outside counsel and providing due diligence for investment opportunities. Ms. Thomas also provides services as the business manager for several of her clients, where her duties include ensuring proper payment for services rendered by the client.
Ms. Thomas has negotiated with and/or represented her clients before many of today’s most well-known entertainment companies, including Simon & Schuster, one of the world’s largest publishing companies; Zola Books, publisher of the best selling novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife; Fremantle Media, producers of shows such as American Idol, X Factor, and America’s Got Talent; Viacom, MTV, Black Entertainment Television (BET), the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Scripps Network (HGTV), and Monami Entertainment, creator and producer of the hit reality television franchise, Love and Hip Hop, Purveyors of Pop and ThinkFactory Media, and T Group Productions, among others.