Los Angeles, CA. Nixon Peabody is expanding its Entertainment team with the addition of Farrah Usmani, who joins the Corporate practice as counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office and will continue to maintain a presence in Nashville.
Farrah is an experienced entertainment attorney who advises recording artists, songwriters, executives, and entertainment companies on transactions in the music industry. She works with music-driven creatives to develop brand-building strategies geared toward preserving copyright ownership and creative control. She also advises clients on structuring and negotiating recording contracts, publishing contracts, catalog sales, executive employment agreements, and matters related to every facet of live music production.
“Farrah and I first worked together more than ten years ago, so this is truly a full circle moment. I am excited to join forces once again,” said Ellie L. Heisler, Nixon Peabody corporate partner and leader of the Entertainment team. “Having represented a diverse roster—ranging from indie rock to hip-hop artists—coupled with her background in business affairs at one of the world’s leading talent agencies, she has built an unparalleled reputation for innovative deal-making and understanding of the unique challenges that artists face in today’s music industry. Farrah is an excellent complement to our team of entertainment attorneys as we continue to grow and provide our clients with 360-degree representation.”
Farrah routinely serves as outside music counsel to corporate clients, such as Outback Presents, the country’s largest independently owned concert promoter. She also advises musicians across a range of genres, including artists like Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Missio, as well as several Grammy-winning producers and engineers.
“We are excited to welcome Farrah to the firm and, more specifically, to our office,” said Justin X. Thompson, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Los Angeles office. “She joins us at a time of accelerated growth for Nixon Peabody on the West Coast. Farrah is a powerhouse attorney whose music practice intersects nicely with our team’s full suite of practice areas. With Farrah’s skills and experience, we will be even better positioned to help clients across the entertainment landscape move their businesses forward.”
Farrah earned her JD from the University of Houston Law Center and a BA, with highest honors, from the University of Texas. She is a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association and sits on the board of Girls Write Nashville, a nonprofit music mentorship program for girls, where she chairs the Intellectual Property Committee.
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