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Steven S. Sidman

Steven S. Sidman

Of Counsel

Overview

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," Steve 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; Atlanta-based award-winning cookbook author and culinarian, Chef Asha Gomez; celebrated Nashville-based chef, Chef Matt Bolus; and, the esteemed Chef James Kent of New York City.

Steve also represents well-known recording artists, singers, songwriters, producers, independent record labels, production companies, music publishers, and authors. 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.

Recognition

  • Listed in Georgia Trend Magazine, Legal Elite Entertainment Law (2012, 2015-2018)
  • AV Preeminent rating, Martindale Hubbell (2014-2018)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine , "Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers," (2015-2016)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine as Georgia Super Lawyer, Entertainment Law (2011-2018)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law (2010)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Star, Georgia Super Lawyers (2007, 2009)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Bar Association
    • Entertainment and Sports Law Forum, Intellectual Property Section and Business Law Section member
  • National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
  • The James Beard Foundation
  • The Southern Foodways Alliance

Credentials

Education
  • Colgate University (B.A., cum laude, 1992)
  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1997)
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia

Background

  • Founder and Managing Member, The Sidman Law Firm, LLC (2010-2017)
  • Shareholder, Global Entertainment Group, Greenberg Traurig, LLP (2006-2010)
  • Associate & Senior Associate, Global Entertainment Group, Greenberg Traurig, LLP  (1998-2006)
  • Associate, Katz, Smith & Cohen (1997-1998)
  • Summer Associate, Smith & Cohen (1994-1997)
  • Paralegal, Beldock Levine & Hoffman, LLP (1993-1994)

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