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Steven S. Sidman

Steven S. Sidman

Of Counsel

Overview

Steve Sidman has more than two decades of experience in the business of pop culture. He represents creative talent and entrepreneurial ventures, from Michelin-starred chefs and restaurateurs to multiplatinum-selling recording artists, songwriters, producers and mixers, to film and TV producers and on-screen talent.

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 and employment and investor issues — along with breakthrough branding opportunities, including partnerships with hotels, airlines, airports, resorts, and arenas. He has represented the world-renowned, multiple Michelin-starred restaurateurs, Nick Kokonas and chef Grant Achatz; Atlanta-based James Beard Award winners, chefs Linton Hopkins and 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, Matt Bolus; the esteemed chef James Kent of New York City; and New Orleans-based James Beard Award-winning chef-restaurateur, Alon Shaya.

Steve also represents well-known recording artists, singers, songwriters, producers, independent record labels, production companies, music publishers, streaming services, 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 producers and on-screen talent in both scripted and nonscripted network television series, as well as in feature-length motion pictures and documentary film deals. He is knowledgeable in the digital space as well, guiding clients through the complexities of online streaming and internet sales.

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Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (2014–2020)
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, Entertainment Law, Super Lawyers Magazine (2011–2020)
  • Georgia Legal Elite, Entertainment Law, Georgia Trend Magazine (2012, 2015–2019)
  • Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine (2015–2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law (2010)
  • Georgia Rising Stars, Super Lawyers Magazine (2007, 2009)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
    • Section of Intellectual Property Law
    • Business Law Section
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • James Beard Foundation
  • Southern Foodways Alliance
  • State Bar of Georgia

Credentials

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