“I’m a fearless negotiator and solutions-oriented advocate for my clients in protecting their creations and enforcing their rights.”
I’ve been involved in various aspects of the entertainment industry for nearly 20 years. Through managing bands, producing local and national events, and operating a 7,000 seat amphitheater, I am able to combine my unique business experience with knowledge of the law and industry trends to provide full scope representation for my clients. I take a holistic approach to addressing each client’s needs with a focus on accomplishing both short- and long-term goals.
My knowledge of historical practices and industry trends in a constantly-changing entertainment landscape results in efficient representation of each client. I’ve negotiated countless recording, licensing, publishing (music and books), endorsement, production, sponsorship, and management agreements for celebrities and up-and-coming artists. I am often engaged to represent business clients and creative agencies in obtaining rights for multifaceted national creative campaigns.
I’ve been practicing trademark and copyright law in both entertainment and non-entertainment related matters. I understand the importance of protecting a brand and the tireless work that is invested in developing brand loyalty, recognition, goodwill, and value. Whenever I am engaged to represent a client, I seek to provide the advice and guidance needed as efficiently as possible while creatively resolving disputes and enforcing valuable intellectual property and personal rights.
Michigan State University, BA (2003)
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, JD (2008)
State Bar of Michigan
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States Supreme Court
SuperLawyer Rising Star, Entertainment Law – 2013 – 2019
dBusiness Top Lawyer – 2013 – 2017, 2022
Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer – 2014
Chair: Arts, Communication, Entertainment & Sports Section, State Bar of Michigan
Vice President: Italian American Bar Association of Michigan
Executive Board: Detroit Music Awards Foundation
Member: National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys), American Bar Association Forum on Sports & Entertainment, Oakland County Bar Association, Macomb County Bar Association
Thank you to attorneys Howard Hertz and Joseph Bellanca, my power house legal team at Hertz Schram, for negotiating the screenwriting deal and contract – now I have a producer from NY attached. You guys are the pros in everything.
Joe Bellanca’s experience and professionalism made it very easy to be confident in his skills as an attorney. Like most people, I didn’t know who to go to after hitting a few brick walls. Joe has been the answer to my prayers and helped me win the case! With Joe on your side, you are in the best position for success.
As an ad agency working in both the automotive and music industries, Joe has guided us through some very complex music licensing, artist acquisition, and all things contractually-based. With Joe as part of our team, we’re always confident our deals are solid.
I have worked with Joe a number of times on projects across multiple sectors in the entertainment industry. He is hardworking, dedicated to his clients, personable and truly an expert in his field. His legal knowledge and experience mixed with his business acumen makes him a tremendous asset that I will continue to work with and recommend for years to come.
Without hesitation, I strongly recommend Joe as an attorney capable of assisting you with your legal needs. Joe takes great pride in providing exceptional legal services to his clients. I have always known Joe to be an articulate individual who possesses great command of both the written and spoken words, which makes Joe an ideal attorney in a great deal of legal disciplines from negotiating entertainment contracts to civil litigation.
Working with Joe Bellanca has been nothing short of phenomenal! His ability to cater to an artist needs in the ever-changing climate of the music industry is not only impressive but admirable. Joe has built and maintained my trust, 100%.