If Douglas Doneson had not become a lawyer, he probably would have chosen to become a writer. In fact, if in 2007, you had run into him at Tulane University and had asked him about an interest in the law, he might have come back at you with a litany of one-liners he’d developed as a stand-up comic.
But a career in law was always the priority and in 2012, Doneson earned his Juris Doctor from Pace University.“
An emphasis on intellectual property, sports and entertainment law led to his hiring as a legal intern for Universal Repubic/Island Def Jam/Motown where he drafted and negotiated A&R independent contractor agreements, approval memos, cease and desist documents; digested existing artist agreements; and researched and prepared defense attorneys for ongoing right of publicity litigation.
In August of 2012, he joined the law offices of James E. McMillan P.C. where he serves as an Associate Attorney working on matters pertaining to entertainment law, intellectual property strategy, registration, and civil litigation; digesting, reviewing, negotiating, and drafting agreements for various music artists and entities. He also enjoys a robust criminal law practice where he provides defense counsel against various levels of alleged criminal offenses.
“Working for James McMillan has allowed me to be at the forefront of the music scene, combining my talents as an attorney with my ongoing interest in entertainment. In fact, I had and continue to interview numerous artists, writing legal as well as cultural pieces for such media outlets as Mass Appeal Magazine, Complex Magazine, and Noisey Music.”
Most important, he’s successfully helping his clients address a full range of intellectual property, entertainment law and criminal law matters.